Good Shepherd Grapevine – 6 September 2018

by Sep 6, 2018Good Shepherd Grapevine

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 This Week’s Rattling – “Jester”


“It was a Parmigiana” – Ah mis-heard song lyrics. A common affliction in today’s society. Despite listening to a radio station that generally rotate the same 5 songs I’m still unsure what they are actually singing.

I’ve only just discovered that Don McLean in the 1971 song American Pie sings ‘do you recall what was revealed the day the music died’. I was convinced I needed to recall what veal schnitzel was on the menu.

The song itself is full of musical and cultural references. ‘The day the music died’ refers to plane crash in 1959 that took the life of Buddy Holly. The rest of the song contains references to the artists that shaped music in the 60s including the Beatles, Elvis, Janis Joplin and The Rolling Stones. Music is never the same again, all hope is lost with even God walking away from the world and his faith been tested. ‘The three men I admire the most, the Father, Son and the Holy Ghost. They took the last train for the coast. The day the music died’.

The character that reoccurs throughout the song is the Jester. A rebellious figure thought to represent Bob Dylan. He performs for the king and queen in a coat he borrowed from James Dean and later finds himself on the sidelines in a cast after what is thought to be after a serious accident. Dylan himself had a motor cycle accident in 1966.

Traditionally Jesters were no less rebellious. They were most notable during the Renaissance era where they were employed to entertain the wealthy and elite. Often they would present confronting and offensive material laying into the rank and file of society. Think average breakfast radio presenter but funny. There are stories of them losing more than their employment if they failed to address the job and person spec. !!


So why the Jester as a rattling. Was Jesus a Jester ? Not in the sense of hats of bells but he certainly was a figure that challenged the thinking of the early church. He too paid the price for what was seen as the ultimate act of blasphemy; claiming he was the son of God.

But this was part of the plan. It was part of God’s plan. It even happened on his watch. In the song we learn that ‘while the king was looking down the Jester stole his thorny crown’.

This is the plan that was revealed –  the day that Jesus died on the cross for our wrong doings, guilt and shame.

John 3: 16
For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Written by Mick Emmett, Yr 4

Upcoming Events


Prayer Corner

This fortnight, staff and students pray for:


  • LEWIS: William, Lucy, Michael & John
  • LINKE: Darren, Chris, Joanna, Angela & William
  • LINKE/SHEPHARD: Trevor & Anne Linke; Michael & Chrystie Shephard, Alistair & Aiden


  • Josie Wundersitz – The Arts
  • Simon Herrmann – Year 5/6
  • Anne Marschall – Principal
  • Melissa Ryan – Year 6/7


  • We continue to pray for Hiedi Smith as she recovers from surgery and is able to get around a bit more.
  • May God bless Mrs Theresa Whitehead, Admin/Secretary as she takes on new ventures and opportunities in Term 4.


We love to celebrate your birthday & baptism:
In the coming fortnight:


8  Kaitlin Schultz
15  Tom Blenkiron
20  Tyson Grundel
25  Ella Randall
30  Mason Lade



2  Jayden Ahrns
4  Brodie Heinrich
14 Mitchell Harvey
23 Sam Klau
30 Romek Kuchar
30 Jesse Brandon

Principal’s News

Dear Parents,

Good Shepherd is about to begin the process of developing a new strategic plan.  The previous plan saw many new initiatives put into place in recent years such as the establishment of key subcommittees to support the delivery of strategic goals in education, finance, facilities, marketing and wellbeing.  While we are very proud of what has been achieved through the last stategic plan we are also mindful that schools are dynamic environments and as the landscape changes, so must we.

This is an exciting time for Good Shepherd with strong Foundation enrollments for 2019 and increasing interest in other year levels. We look forward to the commencement of the brand new Junior Primary facilities and to beginning the process of planning to make the rest of our learning spaces just as innovative and up to date.  This week Neville Grieger commenced working with our School Council looking at strategic goals for a bright and exciting future for our school. He will also be working with School Staff later this term and will then facilitate a Parent Forum early next term as we want to include your voices too.  Please commit this process to your prayers. I would also strongly encourage you to be involved in the parent forum. There will be more information to follow soon.

A couple of weeks ago our teaching staff committed a Saturday to professional development. We spent the day with teachers from International Baccalaureate schools from across  South Australia and the Northern Territory.  The focus was on personalised student inquiry to create stronger engagement for students in their learning. One of the concepts that we looked at was the use of mentors from our parent community and also the wider community, to support students in inquiring into individual areas of interest. I find this idea very exciting both from the aspect of deeper student engagement and also the opportunity to increase community involvement with Good Shepherd.

Finally, it is with great sadness that I must inform you that our dear Theresa is leaving us at the end of this term. After 16 years at Good Shepherd Theresa is so much more than ‘the front office lady’. She is the ‘go to’ for everything and anything, solver of problems, a kind listening ear, angel to sick children and cheerful, humble helper to all of us. I would ask that over the next couple of weeks, each family contribute a small gift of appreciation in recognition for all that Theresa has done for us over the years. This will be presented to her at a community lunch on Thursday 27th of September. Please set aside this date, we would love as many families to attend this lunch as possible.


Anne Marschall




In the final year of primary school, students, carry out an extended, in-depth collaborative project known as “Exhibition” At Good Shepherd students in Year 7 will be starting this process week 9 of this term.  They are very excited!

Exhibition involves all the students to work collaboratively to conduct an in-depth inquiry into real issues or problems.  Students will collectively bring together all the elements of the Primary years Programme in ways that can be shared with everyone in our school community.  This process also provides teachers with a powerful and authentic process for assessing student understanding.  The transdisciplinary theme for the 2017 Exhibition will be “How We Express Ourselves”.  Students will design their own central idea and lines of inquiry.   An information evening for parents of Year 7 students will be held Monday 17th September at 5.45-6.15 pm.

This is a significant and unique opportunity for students at Good Shepherd to exhibit the attributes of the Learner Profile that they have developed over their years at primary school.  They are excited to share their learning with you.

Exhibition will be held on Wednesday 14th November, in our school library.  More details will follow over the next few weeks, including an invitation for you all to attend.  Students in Foundation –Year 6 will have an opportunity to visit the Exhibition on Thursday 15th November with their teachers.

If you have any questions in relation to Exhibition and the process please do not hesitate to contact me melissa.hooker@goodshepherd.sa.edu.au

Mel Hooker

PYP Coordinator

Student Awards & Results

Presented at Assemblies Monday 27th August & 3rd August

Foundation / Year 1 Class—Mrs Melissa Emmett

ALEXANDER JOHNSON – PRINCIPLED – Alexander is honest and fair. He tries hard to do the right thing and share and play well with others. Alexander is helpful and respectful towards the property of others and of the school.

SAVANNAH CAMPBELL – KNOWLEDGEABLE – Savannah has shown a clear understanding of our Unit of Inquiry topic and related aspects of her life to it. She clearly explained her ideas to others and showed a desire to learn more about living things.


Year 2 / 3 Class—Mr Dan Hausler / Mrs J Wundersitz

On Camp

SIENNA McMARTIN – RISK TAKER –  It was wonderful to see Sienna have a go at everything on camp last week. Even though she wasn’t sure if she could ride a horse she gave it a go and achieved success. Sienna made an effort to attempt everything on camp.


Year 4 Class—Mr Mick Emmett

On Camp

MITCHELL HARVEY & MASON LADE – BALANCED – For demonstrating that as Year 4 learners they are balanced, combining their love of physical activity, problem solving and team work solving the Narnu Farm Orienteering Track in record time.


Year 5 / 6 Class—Mr Simon Herrmann

ALANNAH TRINNE – REFLECTIVE – Alannah has reflected on areas where she can improve in her learning and has tried hard to then make appropriate changes. It was great to see her reflect on her hand-writing and then improve the neatness of her written work.

MICHAEL SCANLON – PRINCIPLED –  Michael has worked really hard on both his Unit of Inquiry Business explanation task and his homework. He asked for and applied feedback during lesson time and stayed focused on his work. He also tried really hard to improve the quality of his homework.


Year 6 / 7 Class—Mrs Mel Hooker / Mrs Mel Ryan

AIDEN LINKE – THINKER – Aiden strived to be a thinker when he used his critical and creative thinking skills to create a new design logo for his selected business “Ford” cars in his Unit of Inquiry task.

JEMIMA LLOYD – KNOWLEDGEABLE –  Jemima strived to be knowledgeable when she engaged with issues and idea’s about what is required to run a small business both locally and globally.


We welcome Craig & Renee Schultz to Good Shepherd Community and their children:  Kaitlin to Year 5, Tiara & Ben (twins) to Year 3.

We hope you will be greatly blessed by the friendships you develop here.

Mitchell Mathews - Year 2

We also welcome Jason & Kelly Mathews and their son Mitchell to our Year 2’s.


Simon Herrmann

The year 5/6 students have begun their new Unit of Inquiry under the trans-disciplinary theme ‘How we organise ourselves’ with the central idea- An understanding of consumers can help business plan ahead for greater success. Students have been learning about the process of setting up a business so that it is successful.

To help them find out information about this central idea, we have had different guest speakers come in to share with the students about their business ventures and how they set them up and plan for success.

Year 5 students researching together about how to set up a small business.
Maya and Angela ringing the bank for information about business loans.

Laura Herrmann - "She Loves Life"

Mrs Laura Herrmann came to visit the 5/6/7’s on Monday the 27th of August where she shared on how she went about setting up her online business ‘She Loves.LIFE’. Laura talked about registering her business name and applying for an ABN. She also shared with the students some aspects of marketing that she takes into consideration when she markets her product on social media.

Andrew Pech - "Varied Electrical"

The students also enjoyed hearing about how Andrew Pech set up his Electrician business Varied Electrical. The students found it interesting to hear how he set up his business and how it differed from the other guest speakers they had previously heard. Many were shocked to realise that there was a lot of after hours work involved completing quotes and invoicing, as it seemed such a hands-on job.

Skye Underwood - "Alabaster Store"

On Tuesday the 4th of September, the year 5/6/7’s enjoyed listening to Skye Underwood answer questions about her business Alabaster Store.  She shared about how she come about owning the business and the changes she has made to it. Skye also talked about the importance of her knowing your customer and having a good relationship with them.
To further help them learn about what is required about setting up a small business, students have completed their own research about how to set up a small business and have written explanation texts on some aspects of the process.

As part of this process, students used different research skills with some students making phone calls to a bank to help find further information about how to apply for a business loan.

Amber Rushton - "Red Hippo"

Amber Rushton from Red Hippo also came in to talk to the students about some important tips to think about when starting a small business. Amber highlighted the importance of knowing your business purpose, knowing your numbers and knowing your market. She also gave 10 practical things to think of when planning a small business.
We would like to thank all our guest speakers that have enriched our unit so far.

The students will look to apply some of their insights and tips their own mock business ideas over the next few weeks as they finish this unit.

YEAR 2, 3 & 4 CAMP

Visiting Narnu Farm on Hindmarsh Island presented students with plenty of opportunities to show their skills as risk takers by the way they approached unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought.

The Blacksmith

Driving the Clydesdale, the old art of horse shoe throwing, bellows and the forge fire to make interesting things and shaping horse shoes.

The Disco

Students had lots of fun at the Disco Night, and Movie Night which all ensured for a good night sleep…we hoped!

Camp Activities

Stop over at the Goolwa Nature Playground, churning milk into butter, table tennis and feeding the animals.

Animals !

Animals to meet and greet, some were cute and cuddly and  a bit scary for some. The snake was passed around for students to be ‘risk-takers’ and get up close. Horse riding was on offer and it was great to see children to tackle this, some for the first time too.

STEM Game Challenge


Round 1 Judging complete

Good Shepherd has recently received notification that the two STEM Game Challenge teams that designed their own games using the programming platform Scratch and entered them into the STEM Game Challenge at the start of August have progressed to the second round of judging.

This is an exciting result and a great reward for the hard work and commitment they put in. Here’s hoping they can progress even further.

Thank you to Paul Riedl and Simon Herrmann for supporting the students.

STEM Game Team 1

Stevie Schwarz, Abigael Riedl and Thomas Gaston.
Romek Kuchar. (absent for photo)

STEM Game Team 2

Liam White, Scarlet Secomb and Jemima Barrett.

International Day of Charity

 ‘Buy a Bale’

Good Shepherd students felt it was important as a Christian and IB school to participate in the International Day of Charity to support our farmers.

Each House Captain chose an activity for their House to raise as much money as they could.

 If you would like to contribute there is still time, please hand this to the admin office.

Students raised a total of $955.40 for our farmers


GEORGE -Obstacle Course

George: Took their challenge to the obstacle course in our nature play area ‘EDEN’.

FIFE - Give something up for a day

Fife: Gave something up for a day for sponsorship money  and raising enough to both ice & slime the newest Fife teacher,
Mr Mick Emmett. 

ANGAS - Car Wash

AngasStudents lovingly washed parents and staff cars.


Hi Everybody,

 A follow up on the last subject of Grief, this ‘Parenting through Pain” seemed to make sense to be the next post of information, to follow on with, sourced from theparentingplace.com

Parenting through pain

On a good day, parenting is awesome. In those fleeting moments of parental symphony, we get to feel fully connected to our kids and it’s like all is well with the world. But parenting when we are hurting or in seasons of pain, is a whole different story. Parenting through seasons of loss such as separation, bereavement or divorce is seriously challenging, and that is putting it mildly. When we are really digging deep to face our own challenging circumstances, it can feel like there is very little left in the tank for our kids. How are we meant to hold our child’s big feelings when we can hardly hold on to our own?

When our kids sense that we have other stuff going on, and they might be losing our attention, they actively set about finding all sorts of creative ways to stay close.

When our own emotional tank is empty it’s like our kids have their own special little superpowers to push all our buttons at once. It’s like they know the pin and password to all our emotions and set about spending up large. Whether it’ staging a tantrum of their own, pressing in with endless questions, or bickering mindlessly with their siblings it’s like they sense our fragility and make a beeline for our attention. This clever little strategy is a wired in survival instinct. When our kids sense that we have other stuff going on, and they might be losing our attention, they actively set about finding all sorts of creative ways to stay close. Because their survival depends on it.

For those days when you are down in the dust and parenting seems all a bit too demanding, or it feels like you are meeting everyone else’s needs except your own, here, this one’s for you.

Put your favourite people on speed dial

Our kids cannot be our support, we need to get that from other adults.

Our kids look to us to meet their needs for security and connection. In the same way it’s vital we look to the community around us for support.

Packaging up our pain and sharing it with someone we trust might not solve everything but it does help us feel like we’re not invisible. Having the names and numbers of special people who can stand with us with all that we are facing is vital for our wellbeing. Putting our precious peeps on speed dial helps us feel like although we’re still struggling, someone has our back and we’re not in this alone.

Get less done

You have full permission to push back on the idea that you have to get it right 100 percent of the time.

Even if it means running a little late or forgetting a few things every now and again, you have full permission to push back on the idea that you have to get it right 100 percent of the time. Try not to set the bar too high in terms of getting things ‘achieved’ – for now, anyway. The most important thing is that your kids see and hear you being kind to yourself and to them – even if means you get less done!

Hearty high fives

There is nothing like running late to lift the stress odometer at home. Sometimes taking those extra two minutes (which you feel like you don’t have!) to crouch down and wait patiently while your child ties, and painfully re-ties, their shoelaces can be the connection time they’re craving. When we follow up their efforts with a hearty high five, they get to feel truly seen and affirmed  by us. The two minutes waiting patiently might save us that extra five minutes of barking and biting that we resort to when we feel under time pressure.

Reach for the oxygen

We all need a buffer and some space to breathe.

When your own resources feel depleted, it’s time to ‘put your own mask on first’. Whatever care looks like for you, it’s important that you get it. Even if it’s in tiny increments. You might decide it’s a cup of tea, a walk to the letterbox, a coffee with a friend or a quick dance in the living room. We all need a buffer and some space to breathe, so finding the space to reset and refresh our own heart and mind allows us to find the oxygen to parent.

Take two

This is such a quick win. Sometimes we think we sound like a cute little kitten but to our kids we sound like a big burly tiger. When we communicate in a kind and warm tone of voice with our kids, they will often respond in more helpful ways. Try it. When that tiger voice accidentally slips out, sometimes we need to ask our kids’ permission to start over with a simple ‘take two’. Stay tuned for that shouty voice that turns up when you are under pressure, and when it turns up, try subbing it for your calm tone with, “Just a moment, let me try that again with my calm mummy voice.” They will find this very funny. When that tiger voice accidentally slips out, sometimes we need to ask our kids’ permission to start over with a simple ‘take two’ which buys us some time to regroup and have another go.

Hum along

When life throws us curve balls, sometimes we just need to hum along for a while. Resisting the urge to rail against things that are out of our control often just zaps us of energy and leaves us feeling washed up and exhausted. When it all feels way too much, it’s like we need to reset the atmosphere at home.
Music can be super helpful for calming the mood. It does not take the pain away but it does soothe the heart, calm the atmosphere and lift the vibe. Kids love it and it requires very little effort on our part. If you don’t have the energy to talk, argue, explain, then try belting out your favourite tune or humming and dancing. It resets the atmosphere, lifts the mood and calms the amygdala. It’s like taking a mini holiday in a room.


You are still the answer

“You are the answer to every question for your child.” Even if you walk with a limp for a bit, your child will be okay because you are there with them.

Pain is pain and sadly life does throw us seasons and circumstances when it just sucks. But here is one for the fridge – “You are the answer to every question for your child.”



Take care everybody

God’s richest blessings

 Fiona Lloyde (Chaplain)


Monday 10th September

Nature Play – Bugs Galore

Weather Permitting

Monday 17th September

Parachute Play


We encourage parents with young children to come along on Monday at:

9.30am- 11.15am for playgroup, coordinated by Rebecca Klemm & Jim McCarthy.

Held in the Shepherd’s Hub (gymnasium).

For further information contact Rebecca on 0439 955 429.


Well done to our students who showed confidence in their ability as a learner by participating in the ICAAS competitions:


Yr 4: Annabel Lloyd – Credit
Yr 4: Matilda Barrett – Participation
Yr 6: Jemima Barrett – Participation
Yr 7: Jemima Lloyd – High Distinction


Yr 4: William McCarthy – Credit


Yr 4: Casey Rowe – Participation
Yr 4: Annabel Lloyd – Merit
Yr 6: Zachary Gripton – Participation
Yr 7: Jemima Lloyd – Merit

Digital Technologies

Yr 6: Jemima Barrett – Participation
Yr 4: Matilda Barrett – Participation


The Premier’s Reading Challenge forms are due tomorrow! We had 79 students that have completed the challenge so far. If you have lost your forms please see the  front office. Please hand in your forms to the front office or to Mrs R Doecke.

Thank you.

Canteen News

RECESS: Frog in a Pond – blue jelly with a chocolate frog.            $1.50 ea
LUNCH:  Quiche                                                                     1 for $2.50
2 for $3.50
Homemade individual quiche with puff pastry case, bacon, cheese, zucchini & corn.

Drinks can be ordered on your order form/brown bag or sold on the day.
Fruit Boxes $1.50 each [Orange, Tropical, Apple/Blackcurrant, Apple/Raspberry]
Soda Water Cans $1.50
Chocolate & Strawberry Milk $2.00

WEEK 8 – FRIDAY 14th September
RECESS: Vegie Sticks, Rice Crackers & Dip                    $1.00
LUNCH:  Chicken Caesar Wraps                                      $4.00
White wrap filled with crumbed chicken tenderloins, cos lettuce, bacon, cheese & Caesar dressing.

Quelch Fruit Ice Sticks – 0.50cents each – Available to purchase on Fridays at lunchtime.
No pre-orders.

Local Church Services Times

Angaston Parish Service Times

Date Angaston Gruenberg Gnandenberg
September 9  8.45 am
   10.45 am HC     —

KEVS Service Times

Date Keyneton Eden Valley Springton
September 9 10.00 am LR 11.00am
Ps V Kleinig
9.15 am HC
Ps V Kleinig

10.30 am Parish Service at Good Shepherd School

Working Together




Support the facility we have right here at Good Shepherd for all your before and after school hours care. Bookings essential.

For more information contact Lillian on
0468 672 772 or email: sagoodshepherdangaston@oshccampaustralia.

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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