Good Shepherd Grapevine – 7 November 2019
Knives, Forks and Spoons – Which One Are You?
Published by Kayleen Reusser
“Now in Joppa there was a certain disciple named Tabitha (which translated in Greek is called Dorcas); this woman was abounding with deeds of kindness and charity, which she continually did.”
(Acts 9:36, New American Standard Bible)
Seven-year-old Lindsay was helping me set the table. “I’m glad I’m not a fork,” she suddenly announced.
“What’s wrong with forks?” I asked.
“Forks like to stab things and try to get everything for themselves,” she replied. “It’s like they say, ‘Gimme, gimme’ all the time.”
I held up a knife. “What about these?”
“Too bossy,” she replied, wrinkling her nose. “Knives always cut things up to be the way they want them.”
Then she picked up a spoon. “But spoons are your friends,” she said, cradling one in her palm. “It’s like they say, ‘Here, let me help you.’”
I had never analysed our eating utensils before, but I think my little girl made a good observation about people. Not everyone likes to serve.
Lindsay would have called Dorcas a “spoon.” Dorcas was a friend and helper to many. She used her sewing talents to provide poor people, including widows, with clothing. With no clothing stores around, Dorcas’ gifts to these poor women must have seemed like treasures from Heaven! By her service, Dorcas brought glory to God, the goal of every Christian.
What utensil would people use to describe you?
God, You understand that serving others is not part of our nature. We want to think only of self. Thank you for being patient while we develop into godly “spoons”, desiring to give ourselves to others. Help us to see people as You do, worthy of our love and attention. Amen.
This fortnight, staff and students pray for:
- VORSTER: Nikki, Barend and Brendan
- WHITE: Megan, Simon and Liam
STAFF & VOLUNTEERS
- Anne Marschall – Principal
- Pastor Rob Borgas
- Sonya Abdelmalek – LSO
- Sarah Loveday – Finance Officer
We continue to pray for Steve Seidel as he recovers following surgery. A second surgery was not required after the doctors found natural healing had already begun. Steve is now focusing on his rehab plan. We thank God for the answered prayers for healing.
4 Michael Lewis
10 Sam Swincer
24 James Noack
26 Heath Atyeo
28 Jaslyn Grundel
28 Erin Heinrich
29 Charlize Campbell
1 Annabel Lloyd
1 Sam Abdelmalek
1 Karlo Scholz
1 Millie Scholz
6 Ava McGorman
8 Luke Scanlon
8 Michael Scanlon
25 Michael Ratsch
27 Senspri Qualter
I am delighted to be able to inform you that the new GSLS Uniform Policy is ready to go live. Following feedback earlier this year from our students, parents and staff we investigated what changes would benefit our students whilst still maintaining the smart Good Shepherd uniform that reflects our values and culture. Our girls asked for a formal uniform that enabled them to have the same options as our boys, moving freely within a range of physical activities. Girls will now be able to wear formal tailored shorts and pants as well as the option of the formal skirt or pinafore. In addition, students will be able to choose between a range of uniform options for their comfort. Students (and parents) asked if the sport uniform could be worn three days a week and this has been incorporated into the new policy. Teachers will advise parents on which days students are required to wear sports uniform. Another new item is a warm knitted beanie with the school logo, I’m sure this will be a welcome addition to the uniform in the Winter terms. The new policy will come into effect as of Monday 11 November.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the uniform subcommittee Vanessa Gaston, Sarah Loveday, Malcolm Scholz, Kristy McMartin, Selena Grundel, Tracey Noack and Amanda Pech for their time investigating the research underpinning current school uniform developments, surveying and collating the feedback from our school community, sourcing suppliers and shaping the new policy. It has been a mammoth task but I am sure our students will be very appreciative of the changes.
Another change which we are implementing (but this one doesn’t come into effect until term one of next year) is a change to our school day timetable. While the day will start and end at the same time, we will be incorporating a longer playtime earlier in the day and shortening 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 will commence at 9.00am to 10.50am and students will have a 10-minute eating time followed by a play time from 11.00am to 11.40am. Lessons will 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.
And finally, Mrs Renae Ruediger has won a position at St John’s Lutheran School, Eudunda commencing 2020. Renae has served at Good Shepherd since 2013 in a variety of roles, most recently as Year 3/4 Teacher and PYP Coordinator. Renae has been a blessing to many, many children and their families and we wish her well as she begins this next adventure. Mr Daniel Hausler will teach Year 3/4 next year. The process of recruitment for a Year 5/6 teacher is now underway and the successful applicant will be announced as soon as is practicable.
Classroom Snapshot – Mr Evans’ 6/7 Class
Canberra Trip 2019
Students from years 6 and 7 had the amazing opportunity to visit Canberra earlier this term for 5 days to visit our nation’s capital and get a greater understanding of how the Australian Government works and how Australia as a country was formed.
This opportunity allowed students to enrich their understanding of their current central idea, which is Governing bodies influence the lives of citizens. They also researched at Parliament House and the National Democracy Centre into the rights and responsibilities of everyday citizens, power and corruption in governing bodies as well as the impact of citizens and communities on governing bodies.
They also had many opportunities to unwind and let their hair down and have some fun with all their friends in a variety of unique and interesting activities. The places they visited included Mount Aisle, The National Gallery of Australia, Telstra Tower, National Library of Australia, Questacon, Old Parliament House, The Royal Mint, Dinosaur Museum, Geoscience Australia, Australian War Memorial, Australian Institute of Sport as well as many others.
A massive thank you to Kate Alexander, Megan Conley and Anna Scanlon for helping out on the trip as well as the 6/7 students for being so very well behaved!
The Canberra Camp allowed our students to participate in a variety of educational programs with a focus on Australia’s history, culture, heritage and democracy.
The Australian Government recognises the importance of all young Australians being able to visit the national capital as part of their Civics and Citizenship education. To assist families in meeting the cost of the excursion the Australian Government is contributing funding of $60 per student under the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate program towards these costs. The rebate is paid directly to the school upon completion of the excursion.
I love teaching at Good Shepherd, and one of the main features which makes me feel this way is the fact that we are a Lutheran school. It is great being able to talk to my students about my faith and to share with them some of the beliefs and practices my connection with God draws me to do.
It is also fantastic that we are able to worship together as a whole school community on a Friday morning. Our worship liturgy and traditions have remained fairly consistent over several years, so this year I have been on a journey to explore what others thought about our worship times and to discover what other schools may do in this area. I have spoken with staff from other schools about the kinds of things they include in their worship services, worked with our school captains to survey all students within the school, surveyed the staff and parents on their thoughts on our worship services and the school captains and I visited a couple of other schools to physically see, hear and feel what their worship services were like. It was an amazingly rewarding process and I guess one of my greatest discoveries was that what we do at Good Shepherd compares pretty closely to what other schools are doing and is well received and enjoyed by our school community.
There are some minor alterations that you may see occurring within our worship services over the next 12 months such as significant art pieces to emphasise our place of worship, effort put in to changing behaviours as people move to and from worship and the themes for our worship services. I encourage you to come along and join in our worship services as we aim to bring the good news of Jesus to all within this community!
The P&F are starting Term 4 with a bang! Commencing the 6th of November the new sound system installation will begin. The sound system will consist of a new mixer board, 4 new speakers which will be mounted to the walls, 3 wireless microphones with an additional roaming speaker.
Also (hopefully in time for the Faith Challenge) the P&F have purchased a gazebo with the Good Shepherd logo printed on it to be used at school events. All these purchases would not have been possible without the help of everyone with the fundraising effort throughout the year.
The P&F Annual General Meeting is scheduled for Monday, 11 November 2019 at 7:30 pm in the staff room. At this AGM we have a number of positions up for nomination. The positions available are vice president, treasurer, secretary, canteen manager and canteen members. Everyone is welcome to attend this meeting and we would love to see some new faces for the 2020 committee.
Another important date to note is Friday 29th November which is the Angaston Town Night. The P&F are holding a food stall selling hot dogs and nachos. If you are able to assist on the night with serving and packing up please get in contact with Serena Ahrns or one of the other P&F members. If you are unable to assist on the night but are attending the event please support us by purchasing food or drinks from our stall.
While we are getting into the end of year spirit, the annual Christmas hampers are on track with the order forms being sent home this week. Additional order forms can be found at the front office and pin board in the learning street. This is a very popular fundraiser with a limited number of hampers being produced so get your order forms in as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
It’s that time again! If you’re looking to secure some Christmas presents then look no further, book Fair is simply the best place to buy books for all. A generous percentage of sales is returned to the school as commission which is directly reinvested back into our library.
Last years’ commission was very helpful in expanding our non-fiction collection. This year we hope to continue this expansion.
Everyone is welcome!
When: Tuesday 12th November – Thursday 14th November 2019
Times: Before and after school until 4pm
The last Book Club for the year is out now!
Orders need to be returned to the school by 18 November.
There are 2 ways to order;
- Fill out the order form on the back page. Rip it out and return to the school with cash.
- 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.
If you have some free time next year Mrs Doecke would love some help with covering books in the Library. Rhian will provide expert tuition and you will be provided with everything you need so that you are able to cover these in the comfort of your own home!
Please contact Rhian if you are able to assist.
The following students received Learner Profile awards:
Monday 28 October 2019
Foundation Class – Mrs Melissa Emmett
Cooper Jachmann – Risk Taker – Cooper showed courage in how he approached presenting his mini play during Chapel. He voices his opinions bravely and has a go at new activities with confidence.
1/2 Class – Mrs Dearne Prior
Harry Swincer – Reflective – Harry showed he was reflective when he thought how his learning about materials connected with the mixtures and solutions he found around the home.
3/4 Class – Mrs Renae Ruediger
Olivia Emmett – Communicator – Olivia was a communicator in German when we had to say good morning to people she said it really well.
Aimee Gripton – Communicator – Aimee was a communicator when she presented her symmetry with a clear voice. She also explained a mistake she did.
Parker Brooks – Thinker – Parker was a thinker when he went with the teachers to sort out a lesson.
5/6 Class – Mr Dan Hausler
Jadon Brandon – Principled – Jadon has demonstrated that he is principled through his attitude and work ethic towards his school work, often reflecting on ways that he can improve his work and always trying to do the right thing during lesson time.
Monday 4 November 2019
Foundation Class – Mrs Melissa Emmett
Henry Merkel – Principled – Henry is helpful and respectful towards others. He respects the property of others and of the school. He shares his belongings with others and acts with a strong sense of fairness and justice.
1/2 Class – Mrs Dearne Prior
Amelia Klemm – Knowledgeable – Amelia showed she was knowledgeable when she used her skills to write a story at home.
Sam A – Thinker – Sam was a thinker when he fixed the string on the wall.
3/4 Class – Mrs Renae Ruediger
Deegan Evans – Caring – Deegan was caring when he opened the door when other people don’t do it.
Benjamin Schultz – Caring – Ben was caring when he offered to sit with Emma.
5/6 Class – Mr Dan Hausler
Ella Randall – Caring – Ella shows terrific leadership and care when working with her buddy. She also goes out of her way to ensure her peers feel included and valued during break times.
6/7 Class – Mr Jayden Evans
Benjamin Noack – Reflective – Ben demonstrates being a reflective person by reflecting all the fun activities he does in his spare time also he reflects on school work and hard activities.
Canberra Camp Fundraising
We are pleased to advise that due to the hard work of our P&F and many participating families we have been able to raise $357.70 per student to go towards the cost of the Canberra Camp that they went on earlier this term. What a fantastic effort!
This week I have an article on ‘Blessed is he who considers the poor…’ (by Bob & Debbie Gass).
A central theme of the Bible is that of showing compassion. ‘Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing… what good is it?
…faith…if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
Certain types of people seem less likely to show compassion than others. For example:-
(1) the visionary type who refuses to interrupt their schedule.
(2) the diligent type whose work ethic gets distorted into thinking, ‘I worked hard for what I’ve got; so, should you’.
(3) the judgemental type who assumes the misfortune of others is always a result of reaping what they’ve sown.
(4) the insecure type who feels that by giving to others their own needs will go unmet.
(5) the Scripturally unenlightened type who doesn’t understand that God has promised to reward compassion.
‘Oh, the joys of those who are kind to the poor! The Lord rescues them when they are in trouble…protects them and keeps them alive…gives them prosperity…and rescues them from their enemies…nurses them when they are sick and restores them to health.’
Jesus said, ‘…whatever you did for one of the least of these…you did for me.’
(Matthew 25:40 NIV)
Mother Teresa made famous this saying; ‘If you are kind, people will accuse you of selfish motives; be kind anyway. The good you do today, most people will forget; do good anyway. Give the world the best you’ve got and it may never be enough; give your best anyway. In the final analysis it’s between you and God; it was never between you and them anyway.’
Have a wonderful day!
Gods richest blessings,
Car Park Safety
Please observe the following protocols for car parking and moving to and from the playground:
- Keep eyes open looking for any danger around cars.
- Never walk across the car park – always use the paths closest to your parked car.
- Observe the safety signs and speed limits.
- Parents are to supervise and walk their children to and from the car park.
- Park only in designated car parks – do not park in driveways.
- Please do not park on Neldner Avenue before/after school as this creates a hazard for buses.
- Parking in the CFS carpark is not permitted.
|WEEK 4 – FRIDAY 8th NOVEMBER|
|RECESS:||Kabana, Cheese & Crackers||$1.50|
|LUNCH:||Crispy Chicken Tacos||$2.00|
|WEEK 5 – FRIDAY 15th NOVEMBER|
|RECESS:||Chocolate Mousse with Cream & Strawberries||$1.50|
|LUNCH:||Calamari and Salad||$4.00|
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
Quelch Fruit Ice Sticks and Zooper Doopers (50 cents each) are available to purchase at lunch time.
Finance and Administration News
School Fees are payable by Friday 15th November. Please see Sarah Loveday ASAP if you did not receive your fee statement by email.
If you have not yet enrolled your child for 2020 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 2019
Did you know that applications for the School Card Scheme for this year are still 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.
Anyone wanting to access daily UV levels can access via the free SunSmart app.
Please ensure your child comes to school with a full water bottle to ensure that they remain hydrated during the day.
Please remember to pack appropriate cutlery for your child/ren for recess and lunch if required. We have had a large amount of requests for plastic spoons and forks over the past few weeks.
It would be appreciated if any loaned items of uniform are laundered and then returned to the Front Office as soon as possible so that we can continue to provide a change of clothing to those students that require it from time to time.
Local Church Services Times
Angaston Parish Service Times
|November 17||10.30am HC||8.45am HC
KEVS Service Times
|November 10||11.00am||9.00am HC||12.30pm Lunch
|November 17||9.00am HC||5.30pm||11.00am|
Monday 11 November
Remembrance Day – Making Poppies
Monday 18 November