Good Shepherd Grapevine – 6 September 2018
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’.
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
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
STAFF & VOLUNTEERS
- 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
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.
IB PYP News – EXHIBITION
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
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
YEAR 5/6 CLASSROOM SNAPSHOT
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.
Laura Herrmann - "She Loves Life"
Andrew Pech - "Varied Electrical"
Skye Underwood - "Alabaster Store"
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"
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.
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
Romek Kuchar. (absent for photo)
STEM Game Team 2
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
THAT’S AMAZING !
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
Angas: Students lovingly washed parents and staff cars.
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
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 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
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
Reach for the oxygen
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.
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
Monday 17th September
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.
ICAS COMPETITION RESULTS
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
Yr 6: Jemima Barrett – Participation
Yr 4: Matilda Barrett – Participation
PREMIER’S READING CHALLENGE
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.
WEEK 7- FRIDAY 7th September – BONFIRE NIGHT
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
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.
Local Church Services Times
Angaston Parish Service Times
|September 9|| 8.45 am
|10.45 am HC||—|
KEVS Service Times
|September 9||10.00 am LR||11.00am
Ps V Kleinig
|9.15 am HC
Ps V Kleinig
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