Good Shepherd Grapevine-9 August 18
This Week's Rattling - 'School Bag'
As a parent and a teacher, school bags are not my favourite accessory. In fact, they can be agents of doom.
What’s that smell? Oh, there’s that banana from last month in the bottom of your school bag!
What happened to your jumper? Oh, there it is, lost in the abyss known as ‘your school bag’.
Why does that feel damp? Where’s the notice your teacher gave you? Who stole your pencil? You did what with those muddy footy socks? How did you end up with four school hats? Why is that moving??!!
The school bag: handy for carrying all the essentials but often concealing a myriad of misdemeanours.
As an analogy for life – we all ‘carry baggage’. Sometimes it smells. Sometimes important things get lost in it. Sometimes we’d prefer to forget what’s inside. Mostly, it weighs us down. Too much regret, too much hurt, too much worry, too much pain and too much shame.
We have a friend. He comes and walks beside us and wants to carry our school bag, our baggage. His forgiveness covers the smell. His compassion clears out what’s inside. His love sorts everything out. This friend, Jesus, takes our school bag and lays it at the base of a cross.
Give Jesus all that weighs you down, and skip beside him celebrating the lightness of his love.
“Come to me, all of you who are tired and have heavy loads, and I will give you rest. Accept my teachings and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in spirit, and you will find rest for your lives. The burden that I ask you to accept is easy; the load I give you to carry is light.”
Matthew 11: 28 – 30 (NCV)
Written by Josie Wundersitz
This fortnight, staff and student’s pray for:
- KENNY/ROLD: Joff & Caroline, Bella, Claudia, Charlie & Bonny.
- KLAU: Brenton, Jackie, Sam & Jed
- KLEMM: Ben & Rebecca, Amelia, Charlie & Matilda
STAFF & VOLUNTEERS
- Theresa Whitehead – Reception/Admin
- Sarah Loveday – Finance Officer
- Dan Hausler – Year 2/3
- Kathryn Marschall – Learning Support
- For our Well Being Sub Committee.
- For our School Council.
- For our Facilities Sub Committee.
- We pray for the successful tendering and planning of our Junior Primary renovations.
We love to celebrate your birthday & baptism:
In the coming fortnight:
9 Romek Kuchar
10 Joel Brandon
12 Ava McGorman
13 Hunter McMartin
15 Matilda Barrett
18 Riley Secomb
21 Sam Abdelmalek
23 Jed Klau
31 Maya Klose
Last week Renae Ruediger dropped by a copy of The Lutheran magazine dated July 1977. What were you doing in 1977? Maybe you weren’t around yet. I was living in WA at a tiny railway town, Rawlinna. 1977 was my first year of high school (WA correspondence school). It was also the year I got my first pair of glasses. My dad took me on the train all the way to Kalgoorlie to sort out my specs. I remember that occasion very well because that was the day Elvis died and my dad was upset. Dad didn’t like modern music but dad was a fan of The King.
But I digress. The other special thing about 1977 is that was the year Good Shepherd had a big write up in The Lutheran. The article, written by N.L Auricht (past principal) highlighted the journey of Good Shepherd from its inaugural year with 40 children to 1977 when the enrolments stood at a whopping 66 students. Mr Auricht proudly emphasised the amazing contribution of the parent community to the growth of the school. Over 1,200 hours of voluntary labour went into the erection of the initial classroom buildings (did I mention we have a building project coming up soon?). In 1970 they bought the ‘Head Master’s house’ (now the OSHC) and in 1975 they added a ‘Flexible Unit’ with an area for assemblies, TV, creative dance, library and even a space for ‘teachers to type.’ We think this area may have been the old library, our current sensory room. The school also boasted 3 classrooms, an office, a kitchen and a large corridor (AKA The Learning Street!!!). “It is our prayerful wish and aim that all Lutherans and other Christians in the area will make use of this modern, well equipped school, where above all else, through every subject and activity, we seek (with the Holy Spirit’s help and blessing) to provide the most conducive atmosphere for Christian nurture and missionary outreach, and where correct attitudes to life and living may be developed.”
Fast forward to 2018. Good Shepherd continues to grow and provide modern facilities for its students. I wonder what Mr Auricht would make of the new library, the gym, modern office area, new staff room, EDEN and the redeveloped playground? He would surely be blown away to see how those initial classrooms are going to be transformed in the coming months into bright, modern agile learning spaces with a range of resources to facilitate different activities and differing learning styles. I hope he would be pleased by the strategic vision of our Governing Council and our commitment to providing a stimulating and rigorous educational programme which keeps abreast of current educational thinking.
While many things have changed at Good Shepherd over the years I am very pleased to say that all the things that our first families held so dear are still very much evident at our school. There is still a strong focus on service and support, good values, high academic standards, outreach to the community and sharing and living the gospel, not only in what we say, but in what we do. May the Holy Spirit continue to help and bless us both now and into our future.
Last Thursday Helen Westermann regretfully resigned from her position as German teacher at Good Shepherd. Helen has been caring for several family members for some time now and is also facing various personal challenges. This decision was not an easy one for Helen as she loves our school community and and is so very passionate about teaching German. Please keep Helen and her family in your prayers. We will farewell Helen and recognise her contribution to Good Shepherd at an Assembly or Chapel on a date that suits her in the coming weeks.
IB PYP News – NAPLAN ONLINE
Student Readiness Test
The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) takes place each year for students in Years 3, 5, 7, 9 and has been conducted since 2008.
From this year, students across Australia will gradually start to complete their NAPLAN tests online via a computer or another electronic device, such as a tablet, rather than using the traditional paper and pencil.
Moving online brings many benefits and opportunities including providing better assessment, more precise results and faster turnaround of information.
Before a school can do NAPLAN online they must complete a Student Readiness Test (SRT) to see if the school has the infrastructure to hold NAPLAN online and also for students and teachers to learn their way around the dashboard for the tests.
At Good Shepherd we will be conducting these tests in week 5, 6 of this term. All students in Years 2, 4 and 6 will sit the readiness tests. These students will be doing their NAPLAN online in May in 2019. In preparation for these tests and to ensure that your child’s device is ready there will be some preparation needed. Information will be sent home over the next week. Students will also sit practice tests prior to sitting the readiness test. There will be no formal results for this test as its sole purpose is to see if Good Shepherd is ready to move to online NAPLAN in 2019.
More information on NAPLAN online can be found at: http://www.nap.edu.au/naplan/parent-carer-support/ or alternatively please come and talk to myself or email me at email@example.com
Student Awards & Results
Presented at Assemblies Monday 30th July & 6th August
Foundation / Year 1 Class—Mrs Melissa Emmett
RILEY TRENWITH – PRINCIPLED. Riley is honest, fair and respectful to others. He took responsibility for his actions even when he knew there would be consequences. Riley is very helpful around the classroom, especially in caring for our classroom resources by ensuring they were packed away properly.
OLIVIA HARVEY – CARING – Awarded for the way she ensures her rubbish went into the correct bin. Olivia cares about people, plants and the earth and the environment. She cares about others and is often the first one to offer help.
Year 2 / 3 Class—Mr Dan Hausler / Mrs J Wundersitz
LUKE SCANLON – PRINCIPLED – Luke was principled in his approach to his school work in week 1. He was committed to all tasks and took ownership for his learning and the standard of his work.
MAX GASTON – KNOWLEDGEABLE – Max expressed his knowledge and understanding of concepts which affect the health of the earth’s surface. Max completed hands-on investigations and experiments carefully and precisely to explain how the earth’s surface can change.
Year 4 Class—Mr Mick Emmett
ERIN HEINRICH – RISK TAKER – For demonstrating that as a Year 4 learner she is a risk taker. In the first week of Term 3 Erin not only demonstrated enthusiasm for learning but also that she was able to make independent choices about where and how she learns best.
WILLIAM LINKE – COMMUNICATOR – William adopted the feed forward from his first attempt at his school tour speech to show
Mrs K Marschall around the school with confidence and creativity.
Year 5 / 6 Class—Mr Simon Herrmann
ANGELA LINKE – CARING – Angela showed care to other classmates by helping out a different group other than her own, when working on Mosaics for art on Friday. Angela cooperated effectively and stuck at it till the end.
ROMEK KUCHAR – PRINCIPLED & THINKER – Romek stayed focused and worked hard during lesson time when working on his Energy Explanation on Nuclear Energy and his UOI ‘Sustainable Community’ design task. He was also a thinker as he thought to apply his learning about Nuclear Energy and incorporate this into his design task.
Year 6 / 7 Class—Mrs Mel Hooker / Mrs Mel Ryan
ZACHARY SMITH – RISK TAKER – Zac was a risk taker when working on his artistic design using mosaic tiles. He took risks with his design picture and worked cooperatively with others in his group to produce a great final product to be displayed in EDEN.
EGAN SCHWARZ – KNOWLEDGEABLE – Egan was knowledgeable during his Math lesson on Integers. He developed some great strategies to help him problem solve some very complex problems. He then shared his thinking and findings with his peers to further help himself form deeper understandings.
YEAR 4 CLASSROOM SNAPSHOT
What have we been up to?…
I must admit this is my first experience of the International Baccalaureate.
To have a school below 100 students undertaking an internationally renowned curriculum is outstanding.
So far we have unpacked the following three central ideas.
UNIT OF INQUIRY– The earth’s surface changes in gradual and dramatic ways
So far we have looked at surfaces around the school that have experienced gradual and dramatic changes, how there are things around, above and under the surface that we can use as indicators and how we can determine which areas of EDEN are healthy.
MATHS– We can use Maths to classify, evaluate and predict changes to the surface of the earth.
This work has involved looking at how surfaces deteriorate and how we can use measurement to determine how damaged something is and to predict how it might be damaged so far. This will involve looking at area and volume. So far we have been measuring the depths and lengths of cracks around footpaths and roads.
CHRISTIAN STUDIES/HEALTH– People make decisions on a variety of religious perspectives and ethical frameworks.
Initially we are looking at the decisions that we have to make in regards to our learning; where are the best places to work and how do we learn best. We are looking at how we are making these decisions. We are also spending weekly sessions with the Angaston ELC and our students are planning a session for them based on what type of learner their buddy is.
A relaxed meeting their new teacher.
We are doing work, seriously !
All comfortable in the staff room to relax everybody !
Mick Emmett, Year 4
Building up the Body of Christ
Using sports equipment to estimate a square metre.
We are very fortunate that next week we have not one, but two highly acclaimed authors visiting Good Shepherd. On Tuesday afternoon Michael Wagner will be doing a workshop with years 4 – 7 and Jane Goodwin will be with Foundations – Year 3’s.
We are so looking forward to leading up to Book Week with this fabulous opportunity for our school!
Have you got your costumes ready for Book Week? It is free choice this year. We’d love for you to bring a copy of the book with you. Don’t have a costume yet? Don’t stress about making anything too gruelling. Have you thiought about coming dressed as Weir Do or Billie B Brown? Your costume can be as easy or as difficult as you want.
Book week lunchtime activities:
|Great Book swap!
Bring a book and swap it for a gold coin.
All money raised goes to the indegious literacy foundation.
Do you think you can work out the clues and find the treasure?
Come into the library and read or listen to some of the CBCA shortlisted books for 2018.
Premier’s reading forms are due by 7th September!
WELCOME TO THE CHAPLAIN’S CORNER !
Some interesting information from
The Parenting Place
How to talk about:
MAKING FRIENDS WITHOUT PHONES
We’re all worried that technology is ruining the social skills of our young people. Some people even fear that in 10 years, our kids won’t be able to actually talk to real humans. The best way to talk to your child about making friends without a phone is to break down the basic process into small steps.
Most kids are shy, until they learn how to be friendly. It’s about smiling, it’s about eye contact and it’s about saying hello. It’s all about the first connection that your child makes with another. Ask your kid if they find it easy or hard to introduce themselves to new people. It may seem basic, however learning this one skill is the essential building block of friendship.
Ask good questions
To make friends without technology your children will need to have something to say. The best thing to prepare your child with is good questions like, “How has your day been?”, “How are you?”, “What has been the best thing and worst thing about your day?”. What is your child’s favourite question to ask when they meet someone for the first time?
Do your children build common ground based on what they love or what they hate? It’s so much better to build common ground by a shared love for things. Teach your kids to say stuff like, “I love music” or, “I love the beach.” They will find other people who will respond, “Me too! We should do those things together.” Boom. Friendship formed.
Again, be positive
The point of asking questions is to find common ground. Some people find common ground by hating things. They say things like, “I hate The Wiggles. I hate the movie Frozen. I hate Kevin Costner.”
Do your children build common ground based on what they love or what they hate?
Hating stuff is boring. It’s so much better to build common ground by a shared love for things. Teach your kids to say stuff like, “I love music, I love the beach. I love doing the dishes.” They will find other people who will respond, “Me too! We should do those things together.” Boom. Friendship formed.
Do your children build common ground based on what they love or what they hate?
Speaking of hating things, don’t you just hate it when someone forgets something you’ve told them tons of times. “No, my name is not Buckaroo. It’s Kevin. I’ve been in the movies.” It gets awkward for everybody involved.
Do your kids put effort into remembering details about people?
Being a good friend means remembering the things that people have told you about in the past and then asking them about it in the future.
Do your kids put effort into remembering details about people?
If you help your kids to be friendly, ask good questions, be positive and remember stuff. They will be great friend-makers.
When was the last time that you told your child that you liked them?
If confidence comes from being secure in yourself, then it makes sense that the most socially confident children are the ones who are the best at being themselves, no matter who they are around. Children that don’t feel like they have to change the way they talk, dress or pretend that they’ve seen waterworld just to impress people. These are the kids who are happy and confident just the way they are, so remember to tell your kids that you love them just the way they are.
When was the last time that you told your child that you liked them?
Your child will learn most of their social skills from watching how you socialise.
Practice those five steps of making friends yourself. Your children will learn significantly more from what you do than what you say. If you’re good at making new friends, chances are your kids will learn those skills from you.
If you’re good at making new friends, chances are your kids will learn those skills from you.
The majority of young people do communicate more online than offline so it is more important than ever that we talk to our kids about how to make friends without phones. If they can master these skills in the real world, it will help them in the online world too. It might even help them to survive in the unlikely event of a post-apocalyptic dystopian world covered in water.
Fiona Lloyde, Chaplain
DONATION TO OUR CHAPLAINCY PROGRAM
We praise and thank The Valley Voices Choir for their generous donation of $300 toward our Chaplaincy Program, presented by Helen Fiebiger as their representative.
Lots happening at school !
Fathers Day Stall
10c Recycling Mon & Fri
Do you know a friend that you could invite ?
You are our best advocate !
P&F Bonfire Night - Save the Date
Friday 7th September from 3.30pm
Please return your purple Cadbury fundraising form.
We need your reply slip – all families will be receiving a Cadbury Chocolate Box to take home unless we have received an OPT OUT option.
If you would like more than 1 box you can also let us know on the form.
School Sports & Extra Curricular Photos
These photos are on display in the ‘Learning Street’ noticeboard.
Orders are due in by 24th August.
Order on line at www.theschoolphotographer.com.au
using the code: 18S8020VT34G
Alternatively, order envelopes are available for cash orders.
Orders must be received by 24th August.
Monday 13th August
Monday 20th August
Book Week Dress Up
Dress as your favourite character.
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.
Students Arrivals Before and after School.
Parents are reminded that the school day commences at 8.55am.
Before school: The yard is supervised from 8.35 am and classroom supervision commences at 8.40am.
After school supervision is provided till 3.45pm for after school pick up.
Camp Australia OSHC (situated on our grounds) provides before school care from 6.45am and after school care until 6.20pm. Should you require this service Camp Australia bookings can be made to Angaston Coordinator, Lillian on 0468 672 772 or by logging onto the Camp Australia website www.campaustralia.com.au and entering Good Shepherd School Angaston.
Camp Fees are included on your School Accounts.
Years 2, 3 & 4 Camp $230 Due by Friday 17th August – to Narnu Farm.
Years 5, 6 & 7 Camp $275 Due by Friday 26th October – to Port Hughes Aquatic Camp.
Come and see Mrs Sarah Loveday, Finance Officer if you have any queries about payment plans.
UNIFORM SHOP VOLUNTEER
We have been very fortunate to have the assistance of Kathryn Marschall coordinating the Uniform Shop on a volunteer basis for many years. Unfortunately Kathryn is unable to assist in 2019 and is happy to give the new volunteer ‘hand over’ training in the next 6 months, while continuing to manage the stock and ordering in Terms 3 & 4. Due to work commitments she is no longer able to assist opening up the Uniform Shop, however Mrs Theresa Whitehead will open on Thursday’s 8.45 – 9.15am – unless we have a new volunteer !
Is this something you could consider?
The shop opening times would be at your discretion to fit in with your own commitments.
We thank Kathryn for her volunteering and the time and effort in purchasing, chasing orders, stocktaking etc. Her friendly face at the Uniform Shop and courteous service for our parents is greatly appreciated.
P&F NEWS – Term 3
Hello, to all our Good Shepherd families and friends….
Can you believe that Term 3 is here already…? This week we had a P & F meeting and realised just how much we have happening now, so here is a bit of a “Heads Up” for what is happening in term 3, so remember to save the dates and if and where you can, please let us know if you are able help.
WEEK 3: Friday 10th August – Afternoon Nibbles & Catch Up
This is the best way to get to know the school community. New families and old families.
This Friday bring a plate of nibbles to share after school, where the parents and children can get together in a social environment. If the weather is pleasant we will be outside near the playground & if the weather is poor, we will set up some activities in the Hub! Hope to see you there.
WEEK 4: Monday 13th August – Spring Fling Catch Up 9:45am @ D & M’s Café Angaston (After Assembly)
This will be the first Spring Fling meeting for the term, so it’s a great opportunity for some fresh faces to come along and see what’s happening with this event. The group are excited about this event and it will be here before we know it. It’s going to take a lot of people power to pull this off, so if you’re free we would love for you to join us. Our meetings are very casual and are a fantastic way to get involved in the school community. We hope to see you there.
WEEK 4: Friday 17th August- Cadbury Chocolate Fundraiser Starts
This year the P & F decided to run the ever-popular Cadbury Chocolate fundraiser. By now you should have received your opt out / I’d love to participate notice. A huge thanks to those who have already returned these forms, and for those who haven’t please return them asap. It really is an easy fundraiser to participate in so if you can, jump on board.
WEEK 5: Tuesday 21st August – Book Week Parade & Grand Friends Day
This is one of our favourite events of the year! It’s always great to see all the children in their amazing costumes! This year the book week parade will be the start of Grand Friends Day, a special day where the students invite some of the special people in their lives to come along to school where they can show them all the amazing things they have been up to. The P & F team will be providing a delicious morning tea for those who are able to stay for a catch up after the parade.
WEEK 5: Wednesday 22nd & Thursday 23rd August – Father’s Day Stall @ Lunch time on both days
The P & F committee have decided to hold the Father’s Day stall a week earlier this year due to Camps which are happening the week before Father’s Day. This way we hope to give all the children the opportunity to buy a special gift for all the great Dads. There will be a variety of gifts available to purchase in the $2 – $7 price range for Dads and Grandpa’s too.
WEEK 5: Friday 24th August – Canteen FREE Recess “Just Because” Hot Chocolate & Homemade biscuits for everyone.
WEEK 7: Friday 7th September – GSLS Bonfire Night! From 4pm -10pm
Bonfire night is back again and after a great response last year we are looking forward to another awesome social event once again. Bring along some nibbles, drinks, chairs or picnic rugs and relax and enjoy each other’s company. BBQ tea, salads and marshmallows will be provided for just $10 per family. This is not to be missed!!
WEEK 9: Tuesday 18th – P & F Meeting @ 7:30pm in the Staff Room
This will be our last meeting for term 3. We will be wrapping up a few of the items listed above as well as finalising the Spring Fling & Christmas Hampers which will be well underway early in term 4. Everyone and Anyone is welcome to come along to any of our meetings, after all, you are the Parents and Friends of our school. It’s always good to have fresh faces at the meetings and new ideas. We hope to see you there.
TERM 4 – WEEK 1: Friday 19th October – Spring Fling
This is going to be a great family afternoon. The School will come to life with market stalls, side shows created by the students, delicious food and beverages and entertainment too. This is an event you can invite all your friends and family to, there will be something for everyone. The event is really starting to come together nicely, if you think there is any way you can help it really would be appreciated.
So, there you have it, everything we have planned for Term 3 and a bit of Term 4 too. If there is anything you would like to know more about or if you want to be more involved, please just let me know.
President GSLS Parents & Friends
WEEK 3- FRIDAY 10th AUGUST
RECESS: SCONES served with raspberry jam & cream. 2 halves for $1.00 each
LUNCH: CALAMARI SALAD $4.00
Crumbed calamari, lettuce, cheese, cherry tomatoes, carrot sticks, cucumber.
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 4 – FRIDAY 17th AUGUST
RECESS: Pikelets; served with butter, honey, strawberry jam & cream. 2 for $1.00
LUNCH: Sausages $3.50
BBQ sausages (2), mashed potato, carrots, corn cob, peas & gravy.
Quelch Fruit Ice Sticks – 0.50cents each – Available to purchase on Fridays at lunchtime.
Local Church Services Times
Angaston Parish Service Times
|August 12|| 8.45 am HC
|August 19||10.45 am|| 8.45 am HC
KEVS Service Times
|August 12||9.00am HC
Ps Kym Mills
|10.00am LR||11.00am HC
Ps Kym Mills
|August 19||10.00 am LR||11.00 am HC
Ps Anthony Fox
| 9.15 am HC
Ps Anthony Fox
ARE YOU PLANNING SOME TRAVEL ?
ANGASTON CAMP AUSTRALIA OSHC
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.
Recognition in Cystic Fibrosis August Newsletter
Good Shepherd held a Crazy Hair Day earlier in the year to raise funds for Cystic Fibrosis which has featured in the Cystic Fibrosis August edition of their Newsletter.
Many congratulations to the schools who have already taken part, including
St Leonards’ Primary, Glenelg North and the Good Shepherd Lutheran School, Angaston for their wonderful efforts.
2018/19 Angaston Cricket Club Junior & Girls Registrations
Wednesday, August 14th between 4.30-5.00pm
Angaston Oval Clubroom Verandah
Junior Grades U16’s, U14’s, U12 (3 Div) and Girls (all ages)
Please email or ring Ben Burgess (firstname.lastname@example.org or 0402445695) if you are unable to attend or need more information
Check out the details on the flyer for the events and location.
Thursday 9th – TONIGHT