This Week’s Rattling – Road Signs
See a sign like this in NZ and you had better follow it. They mean what they say down there. In fact, it would probably be wiser to stick to 10km/h, or better yet, turn around and go back from whence you came. Treating this sign as a suggestion and not a necessity could end in peril, such as you hurtling over a cliff toward Middle Earth.
In Australia, there may be times when the rule of common sense overrides the obedience of a road sign. Driving carefully through a stop sign at a cross roads in the middle of the outback when you can see a kilometre in either direction and you are the only vehicle in sight hardly seems criminal. Nevertheless, road signs are a way of keeping us safe or giving us information for what lies ahead. Break them and you may hurt yourself or others.
Some people view God only as a law-giver, and the Christian life as one in which a whole bunch of rules need to be followed. Some people think true ‘Christians’ do all the ‘right’ things and follow all of God’s laws. If that were the case, no one could ever proclaim to be Christian. They wouldn’t have any need for Christ!
Christian means “in Christ”. Jesus Christ is the only one who has lived a life free of sin, but also the only one who has taken all the punishment for ours, in his death. Only in him can we live a life free of the law, in which God graciously forgives us.
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.
Ephesians 2:8-9 (NIV)
So why bother with the ‘road signs’ at all? Why are God’s laws relevant? Because God knows us. He knows that as much as we may respond to his love with care and love for ourselves and others, that we are incapable of his kind of perfection. He knows that we damage our relationships, hurt each other and punish ourselves. His commands show us what is right and just, what we could do, how we could help, what might be ahead and how we can be safe. Mostly, they show us how to love.
Ultimately, the only sign we need is the cross.
May we ponder this in our hearts this Lenten season.
The Arts Teacher
This fortnight, staff and students pray for:
- BROOKS – Sarah, Chase, Parker and Lily
- CAMPBELL – Brett, Natasha, Jasmine, Charlize, Savannah and Rory
- COOPER – Rhiannon, Anthony, Bella and Evie
- DOYBAN – Emma, Molly, Zoe, Oliver and Oscar
STAFF & VOLUNTEERS
- Jayden Evans
- John Morgan
- Josie Wundersitz
- Lara Hepner
- 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.
Many happy returns for:
14 Isabella Mathews
15 Abby Riedl
18 Thomas Gaston
20 Dillon Lade
1 Jemima Barrett
1 Heath Atyeo
15 William Linke
17 Emma Scholz
21 Calum Klose
22 Georgia Leggett
29 Erin Heinrich
A few weeks ago I sought your thoughts on the various platforms that we use to communicate and asked for ideas for how we might do this better. Current communication included the school newsletter, our dedicated App Skool Bag, emails, Facebook, individual class newsletters, pamphlets, letters, diary notes and see-saw. From the feedback I received the general consensus was that the school currently utilises a lot of platforms. However, nobody wanted to take anything away. Obviously, by using a variety of means to communicate we increase the likelihood of our messages getting out to you. I guess the reality is that even with a concerted effort, some things will still ‘slip between the cracks’ for some individuals but in the main, you have said that what we are currently doing works relatively well and unless someone has a ‘fail-safe’ idea for communicating we will continue to use the platforms listed above.
Mrs Doecke is very happy. Why is Mrs Doecke so happy? She’s been shopping. Not just ordinary shopping but ‘guilt free’ shopping where she has been given, yes given, $5,000 to spend on wonderful items to create a special ‘makerspace’ in our school library! Mrs Doecke successfully applied for a makerspace grant last year and has been researching the various ways in which schools can set up spaces to enable students to independently experiment with STEM equipment to innovate, design and create. Last Thursday the catalogues came out and the orders were sent off. Keep your eyes open as the area under the bench-tops in the library is transformed into a wonderful makerspace.
Our new Junior Primary classrooms will be officially opened by Mr Tony Pasin at 9 a.m. on the 22nd of March. We would love to see you there for this exciting event. After a short service and dedication in the Shepherd’s Hub we will move up to the classrooms where Mr Pasin will unveil the plaque, followed by morning tea and tours of the school. If you are aware of anyone who is considering an education at Good Shepherd please invite them to attend one of these tours. The School captains and I would love to show them how the new learning spaces have been redesigned to increase teacher/student engagement, allow for flexible teaching and learning and adjustments for differing students needs. It’s a powerful story that we intend to extend into the rest of the school as we begin the process of Master Planning for our exciting future.
It’s Sports Day tomorrow and as you know, this year, due to the condition of our oval, we will be holding this event on the Angaston Oval. I would like to make special mention of Amanda Pech and our P and F and Bec Klemm (Sports Coordinator) and Dan Hausler (Well-being Coordinator) for organising the catering and the sports programme. As you can imagine, the change in venue has created various logistical challenges to overcome. Thanks to the support and hard work of all involved I am confident that it will be a terrific day filled with great team spirit (and friendly rivalry…..) Go George! Go Angas! Go Fife!
Last Friday 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 Sue Marschall, Grace Kroehn and Marilyn Bartholomaeus for taking the time to come along and present the bibles.
Well done to the following students who received Learner Profile Awards in Weeks 5 and 6:
- Foundation – Bella Cooper (Caring) You quietly and calmly help others. You gently remind then what they should be doing and help them if they need it. You care about others and are often the first one to offer help.
- Year 1/2 – Dillon Lade (Knowledgeable) Dillon demonstrated a deep understanding when learning about the 5 senses. She listens and asks relevant questions to further her understanding and made connections when identifying the senses in a chapel song.
- Year 3/4 – Richie Liu (Caring) Richie was caring when he offered to help others with their spelling when they were writing their stories.
- Year 5/6 – Jaslyn Grundel (Committed) Jaslyn can be relied upon to always put in her best effort. She asks questions to help her understand how she can extend herself and is particular about her book work.
- Year 6/7 – Benjamin Noack (Caring) By working hard these past few weeks to show compassion to his table group and by working well and supporting his buddy every week. He is also working on making a positive difference within the classroom through his energy and enthusiasm.
- Foundation – John Lewis (Risk Taker) You showed courage in how you approached presenting your line in Chapel. You voice your opinions bravely and you have a go at new activities with confidence.
- Year 1/2 – Ruby Bawden (Thinker) Ruby showed creative thinking skills when coming up with a 100 chart picture in Maths. She shows critical thinking skills when partitioning numbers and accepts challenges to further her learning.
- Year 3/4 – Ben Schultz (Knowledgeable) Ben has been knowledgeable in phonic lessons. He confidently identifies the sounds and uses them to spell his words.
- Year 5/6 – Erin Heinrich (Committed) Erin consistently aims to produce the best work she is capable of. She looks to extend herself at every opportunity and is able to use constructive feedback to strengthen the quality of her work.
- Year 6/7 – Mackenzie Edwards (Inquiry) Mackenzie showed enthusiasm and a love of cooking when she worked with the year 6 girls this past week. Mackenzie showed great teamwork and a sense of curiosity with her behaviour and leadership in the kitchen.
Mrs Prior’s Year 1/2 Classroom Snapshot
Unit of Inquiry – Making Sense of our Environment
Central Idea: We use our 5 senses to connect to the environment.
We identified the 5 senses we use to help connect us to things around us. In Writing we used our senses to create a poem about the beach. Here are some below.
Go…. FIFE, GEORGE and ANGUS…… Go!!
An interesting article on Resilience from Parenting Place…
Resilience and How to Help Children Grow It
One thing most parents are keen for their children to learn is how to be resilient in the face of daily bumps and struggles. Parents try to knock down all the hurdles along the way, but life has a way of putting them back up again in different places. Resilience is key in overcoming them. It doesn’t take much to wobble a child. It could be the classmate who pushes them in line at school, or the sibling who flicks their face with water while they’re doing the dishes. My four-year-old grandson fell apart in my kitchen this week because his bread and jam had too many seeds in it. The disappointment and rage are real.
Fostering resilience at home
Your home is a great place to start fostering resilience in your children. Home is where life’s first spills and sibling spats take place. That makes it a supportive environment to learn how to cope with conflict and change. Showing empathy when something goes wrong in day-to-day life is one of the best ways to help a child develop flexibility and balance. Resilience is built into our lives little by little, and there are some ways to enhance this brilliant quality.
A helpful way to build resilience is to show our children what’s going on behind our feelings and responses
We are amazing and so are our brains. Dr Daniel Siegel has simplified the complexity of the brain and how it copes under stress. He talks about the three zones that our brain functions in:
The green zone
The green zone sits between the red and blue zone, and is where the nervous system has found the balance between the accelerator pedal and the brake pedal. The accelerator pedal revs us up in response to what’s going on around us. The brake pedal slows us down and calms us. When a child is in the green zone, their body, emotions and behaviour are regulated. The brakes and the accelerator are working in a coordinated way. They feel in control and can manage themselves well, even when they’re facing adversity.
The red zone
At times, all children get overwhelmed, and that’s when they enter the red zone. The big emotion has busted out of the green zone and is easily seen in a younger child who has just heard that they can’t have another cookie from the pantry. The red zone is where the accelerator is on full bore. The child’s heart rate and breathing increases, and their skin might get blotchy and red. The result looks like a tantrum, lashing out, throwing their food on the floor, or a big combo of them all.
The blue zone
The blue zone is where the brain is more likely to freeze or faint. The child responds to a negative situation by shutting down. It could look like withdrawing, becoming quiet, or leaving the room. Their brain has hit the brakes hard. Their heart rate and blood pressure lowers, their breathing is slower, their muscles become floppy, and they won’t make eye contact. Children enter this zone when they can’t find a clear escape for a situation that seems uncomfortable or scary.
We can help by encouraging them to experience the full range of emotions
All kids enter the red and blue zones at some point. We can help by encouraging them to experience the full range of emotions. Those who do, will grow up with a large green zone to operate in. They’ll be developing resilience for life’s ups and downs. They are balanced and adaptable even in the face of adversity.
Big people sitting with big feelings
When life’s knocks come along, one of the most important things for a child is to have someone else know what it’s like, and to simply allow the big feeling to exist.
When life’s knocks come along, one of the most important things for a child is to have someone else know what it’s like. For someone to simply allow the feeling to be there.
When eight-year-old Hugo doesn’t do as well as he wanted to in the Trythalon, his dad can refrain from telling him why he performed poorly. He can instead offer something soothing and comforting. It might sound like, “Buddy, I get how disappointed you are. I know how much you wanted to be in the first five.” It might look like, “Come and sit with me for a bit. It’s okay to cry.”
Grandma can invite her four-year-old granddaughter to have that big long cuddle on the couch when she finds out that all the ice blocks in the freezer are gone. Someone big is saying to this little person, “I see you, I hear you and this big feeling you are having is safe with me.”
Children become resilient primarily when they know a big person will sit with them in their hard time.
Moving back to the green zone
The most effective way to help a child move back into the green zone is through connection. Children become resilient when they know a big person will sit with them in their hard time. They’ll become resilient when someone will help them to accept the big emotions.
It’s as simple as sitting down on the bed next to them and being present to how they’re feeling. From there, the big job of bouncing back from disappointment, or accepting that this time no is the answer, is possible.
The reality is that kids will be kids. Big emotions are going to show up in your home on a daily basis. Parents can provide the welcome to those feelings, and that’s going to get the ball rolling in building resilience.
Fiona Lloyde (Chaplain)
On Shrove Tuesday our Foundation class and their Year 5/6 buddies enjoyed preparing and consuming pancakes. Yum!!
Speed Zones Around School
We ask that families do not park on the concrete pad next to the OSHC building as OSHC need to access this area with their bus. Please also use extra caution when entering this car park as there will be OSHC children getting on and off the bus.
Parents are asked to be mindful of the 50km/hour speed zone on Gramp Avenue, Valley Road and 25km/hour School Zone on Neldner Avenue.
The safety of children is of the utmost importance.
Pick Up/Drop Off Safety Zone
Please note that it is important for your child’s safety that all students are collected and dropped off at the front of the school near the Front Office.
Please refrain from using the car park by the Shepherd’s Hub unless you are walking with your child/ren as we are unable to ensure adequate supervision of your child/ren before and after school.
A reminder that Term one fees are due by:
- Thursday 7th March if paying the entire year’s fees to receive a 3% discount; or
- Friday 8th March if paying Term 1 fees only.
Please note 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.
Have you completed the Premier’s Reading challenge for 2019? 20% of the school already has!
Remember if you finish in Term 1 you will receive a House Point which will go towards your Houses’ overall tally!
Once you have completed the challenge see Mrs Doecke to complete the activity. This year the activity will be around the Book Week theme “Reading is my secret power”.
I wonder if the 6/7’s will be the first class to finish again?!
Medals and certificates will be presented in term 4.
Scholastic Book Club Issue 2 is out now.
Orders need to be returned to the school by 15th March
There are 2 ways to order;
- Fill out the order form on the back page. Rip it out and return to the school with the correct money.
- Order online (LOOP). Go to scholastic.com.au/LOOP and register your details. You are able to order and pay online.
If you would like to pick up the books instead of them going to your child classroom please select Gift Order.
Free Dental Check-Ups
Please look out for the envelope that will be sent home with your child next week.
Monday 11 March
Monday 18 March
We encourage parents with young children to come along on Monday at:
9.30am-11.15am for playgroup,
coordinated by Rebecca Klemm and Jim McCarthy.
Held in the Shepherd’s Hub (gymnasium).
For further information contact
Rebecca on 0439 955 429.
Please note that Virginia Harvey has once again kindly offered to be our Uniform Shop Coordinator. Virginia will open the Uniform Shop each Monday afternoon during the term from 3.15pm to 3.45pm. If you are unable to attend during these times please feel free to come into the office and complete an order form. If you have any other uniform enquiries please feel free to contact Virginia directly on 0407 716 350.
Drinks can be ordered on your order form or sold on the day.
Fruit Boxes $1.50 each [Orange, Tropical, Apple/Blackcurrant, Apple/Raspberry and Pine/Orange] Soda Water Cans $1.50
Chocolate or Strawberry Milk $2.00
Quelch Fruit Ice Sticks – 50 cents each
Available to purchase on Fridays at lunchtime.
WEEK 7 – Friday 15th March
RECESS: Fruit Cup – watermelon, apple and orange. $1.50
LUNCH: Lunch Platter – Kabana, cheese, cherry tomatoes,
carrot, cucumber, snow peas, boiled egg and bread. $4.00
WEEK 8 – Friday 22nd March
RECESS: Smoothies – Banana or Berry $1.50
LUNCH: Nachos – corn chips served with bolognaise
sauce, grated cheese and sour cream. $3.50
Local Church Services Times
Angaston Parish Service Times
|8.45am HC||10.30am HC
KEVS Service Times
Faith Open Day
Please note that the NAPLAN practice tests will be conducted on this day so your child may miss out on this if they attend the Faith Open Day.
ARE YOU PLANNING SOME TRAVEL?
Angaston Early Learning Centre
The Angaston Early Learning Centre now provides after school care. Please contact the ELC for any bookings.