Good Shepherd Grapevine – 9 May 2019

by May 9, 2019Good Shepherd Grapevine

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This Week’s Rattling – Flamingo

Are You Doing the Flamingo?

When you look at a flamingo one thing we notice right away is that they stand up straight and tall even in the water.

When Flamingos are standing in the water they use their long legs and their webbed feet to stir up the bottom. Then tiny organisms that flamingos eat float to the top of the water and the flamingo scoops them up to eat them. Like the flamingo, we need to stand firm and tall on the Word of God. When we are hungry we do not just sit and food just magically appear in our mouth, or spiritually speaking only show up to church just sit for an hour each Sunday and expect to grow. We have to be like the flamingo and stir God’s Word in our hearts. We need to feed on His Word, study them, grow from them and apply them. That growing is what grounds us as Christians so that we can stand firm when life’s struggles, trials and pains try to knock us around.

Flamingos get their colour from the carotenoids in their diet (shrimp, algae, plankton, and crustaceans). The richer they are in their food the brighter colour pink to crimson flamingos will be. So, ask yourselves as a Christians, how rich is your diet? What are you feeding on? Spiritually speaking many times we feed on things that don’t give us nutrients we need to grow in Christ. Just like our physical bodies, if we eat things that are not good for our bodies it has a negative effect on us. If we are filling our lives with the wrong kind of spiritual food we lose our beauty in Christ. The healthier and richer our food is the brighter we are in Christ. We need a healthy diet spiritually to keep us beautiful in Christ!


A flamingo spends up to 30% of the day preening their feathers. When a flamingo preens they straighten and clean its feathers with its beak (or for a person it means to devote effort to make oneself look attractive). When flamingos preen they are actually moving oil around from a gland at the base of their tail to their feathers for waterproofing. Most of us like to check our appearance in the mirror. We straighten ourselves up before we leave the house, we like to look nice. As Christians we also need to preen. The way we preen is by concentrating on living a God-centred life and bearing fruit of the spirit which is when Christ’s characteristics come out in our actions! Preening physically can give us confidence. Preening spiritually helps us stand in confidence. Being sensitive to the Holy Spirit and His direction is what moves the oil around and waterproofs us as Christians. How much time do you spend making yourself beautiful in Christ each day?

Flamingos are very social birds. Have you ever seen flamingos in their colony and watched them move around? It’s incredible to watch! It is fascinating to see how they move and how they are synchronised together. Marching is common behaviour that you see in a large group of flamingos. They march one direction for a while then quickly turn and go the other direction all in unison.

God has given us a church family. When we work together in Christ we move together, synchronised and in unison, it is a beautiful thing to watch.

Flamingos find safety in numbers. Like flamingos are safe in their colony, we also need that fellowship with our church family. It helps keep us safe because we are not alone and vulnerable. Fellowship and encouragement with each other help make us stronger as we face trials, hard times, and struggles. Good Christian friends help make us stronger. Sometimes to even challenge us or hold us accountable. God brings people into your life for that very reason. Proverbs 27:17 says iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend. Give to your friends by encouraging, praying, kind words, and lifting each other up in the Lord.

Flamingos are water birds. Flamingos stay close to water. Like the flamingos are water birds we need to remember that we need the water. Christ is our living water. Jeremiah says the Lord is our fountain of living water. John 4 says Christ gives us living water. We need to seek Him because He IS our water source to help sustain us. We need to draw close to Him. Physically we must have water to survive. Spiritually we also need water to live. Christ is that water for Christians! Psalm 73:28 says it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all thy works.

Adapted by Rhian Doecke

Prayer Corner

This fortnight, staff and student’s pray for:


  • JACHMANN:  Melissa, Damon, Cooper, Nash and Harley
  • JOHN: Rachel, Justin, Eleanor, Harvey and Piper
  • JOHNSON: Tanya, Philip, Alex and Bailey
  • KENNY:  Caroline, Jonathan, Claudia, Charlie, Bella and Bonnie


  • Jayden Evans – Yr 6/7
  • Dan Hausler – Yr 5/6
  • Pastor Rob Borgas
  • Sonya Abdelmalek – LSO 


  • For our new families to settle in well and make good connections with parents, teachers and staff in our school community.



14  Casey Rowe
17  Henry Merkel
19  Campbell Pech
20  Blake Perryman
21  Samuel Scanlon
22  Emma Scholz
27  Brodie Heinrich



6   Liam White
22  Priya Rathjen
26  Samuel Scanlon

Principal’s News

Dear Parents,

I hope you had a very blessed Easter celebrating with family and friends. Over the years our family has celebrated Easter in various ways and various places including, a couple of years ago,  in a Laos church where we couldn’t speak the language although we knew the universal message and felt welcomed and joined with our Christian brothers and sisters. My favourite Easters are always those we celebrate at home. Our day begins with the Easter morning service followed by the egg hunt and then family and extended family and friends gather for lunch. I love family traditions; I look forward to them and find them grounding and comforting.

I think it is much the same with our school family. I have spoken before about how traditions and ‘touch stones’ in the life of a school are important to students. These take many forms, Foundations receiving their first Bible, gaining a ‘pen licence’, putting on the year seven windcheater, becoming a sports monitor, transitioning from pinafores to skirts and the formal graduation of our year sevens. These are but a few. Each tradition is part of who we are and builds a sense of identity and what we value. This year we weren’t able to participate in one of our much loved Barossa traditions, the Vintage Parade. For the first time in a long while we weren’t able to enter a school float in the parade and while it was really nice to be able to see the parade from the sidelines it was sad not to see Good Shepherd represented. Having said that, this year we started a new Vintage tradition. Our school ran an interactive craft stall in Angaston for ‘Something in the Street’ on the final Sunday of the Vintage Festival. We were run off our feet all day with children and their families enjoying the opportunity to spend some time making fun vintage themed crafts for free, just because. This is something we definitely want to continue……. along with the inclusion of a Good Shepherd float in the parade.

We are blessed with a very dedicated and hardworking staff at Good Shepherd and I think you would agree, they constantly go that extra mile to support students and their families. While I appreciate and value their commitment it is important they preserve a healthy work/life balance to ensure they have the time they need for renewal and recreation with their own families. With this in mind we are implementing new guidelines for communicating with staff outside of their work hours. Staff have been asked not to respond to emails received on weekends or before 7.30 a.m. and after 6.00 p.m. on weekdays. There may be up to a 24 hour turn around on response. If the matter is urgent then parents are to contact the principal and I will make the determination if it warrants sharing with the staff member. Good Shepherd is committed to providing an environment for its staff, students and the wider community that enhances well-being and we believe this initiative will have a positive impact for all. 

And finally, we have been very busy with enrolment interviews for 2020. There has been strong interest for the 2020 Foundation class so if you are aware of families who have been thinking of coming to look at the school please encourage them to do so sooner rather than later while there are still places available. On that, YOU are our best advertisement for Good Shepherd.  Your endorsement of the school is a powerful factor in influencing others to join our school family.  Aside from positive conversations with your friends and acquaintances there are many other ways in which you can ‘fly the flag’ for Good Shepherd such as placing our promotional material in your business or sharing an endorsement for our website. If you would like to know more about this please come and have a chat with me. 


Anne Marschall

Classroom Snapshot – Mrs Emmett’s Foundation Class

The Foundation class commemorated ANZAC Day by making ANZAC biscuits and then eating them. They also read and listened to stories about why we commemorate ANZAC Day.

As part of our Unit of Inquiry the Foundation class have begun researching about ways that they communicate. They used the Book Creator app on the iPad to create a picture that shows their initial thoughts.

Student Awards

Congratulations to the following students that received IB Learner Profile awards at this week’s Assembly:

Foundation Class – Mrs Melissa Emmett
Zeke Osborne – Communicator – Zeke shared his ideas with clarity and confidence about ways we communicate in our Unit of Inquiry.  He also showed enthusiasm when participating in class discussions and show and tell.

3/4 Class – Mrs Renae Ruediger
Emma Scholz – Risk Taker – Emma was a risk taker on camp as she became more confident to try new things and be more independent.

5/6 Class – Mr Dan Hausler
William Linke – Balanced – William was balanced whilst on camp.  He demonstrated independence when routinely taking his medication, participated in all activities with enthusiasm, and keenly helped with all tasks asked of him.

6/7 Class – Mr Jayden Evans
Jesse Brandon – Open Mindedness – By showing a positive attitude to trying new things and always volunteering for any job that needs doing with a smile on his face.

NAPLAN Testing – Weeks 3 and 4

Please note that the students in Years 3, 5 and 7 will be involved with NAPLAN testing during weeks 3 and 4. We ask that you avoid making appointments for your children during this period. However if this is unavoidable we do ask that appointments are scheduled in the afternoon.  Please refer to the NAPLAN timetable below for your information.

School Environment Grant

We are pleased to advise that Good Shepherd has been awarded a $1631 grant from the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board. The grant will be used on our ‘Bin It Right and Connecting with EDEN’ project to help us reinforce waste management with the students. Our group of ‘God’s Little Helpers’ will be involved with this project.  A big THANK YOU to Melissa Emmett, Tammy Leggett and Chris Hall (NRM) for their time and effort in developing this project and applying for the grant.

Chaplain’s News


Family Reset – by Parenting Place 

One reason parent’s seek help and advice is because the wheels have come off, and parenting just isn’t that much fun. Their children might be fighting, ignoring them, not doing as they’re asked, or distant. They could be rude, disrespectful and just not that much fun to be with. Parents will almost always agree that in moments like these, they love their children but just don’t enjoy them as much as they’d like to. That feeling doesn’t sit well.

Children like the sense of order and predictability.

Parenting Place has a Family Coach, she works with many families working very hard to put new parenting strategies in place after they’ve been for a coaching session – and all goes well for the first few days or weeks. The children like the sense of order and predictability. They like the fact that there’s a plan and that much more calm reigns. Inevitably, as the days go by, the plan wobbles a little bit, the sense of urgency wanes, the energy required to keep up with the new routines or to be consistent with following through fades, and maybe a bit of fatigue and discouragement settles in. This is normal and probably not too different to what happens to lots of people when they go on a diet. Maintaining the plan is the hard part.

One way to work with this common slip is to stop and take a breather. Look around at your family – what seems to be going on, what’s changed? What have you stopped doing? Is there leadership being demonstrated?

Family reset time.

Rather than saying, “This plan doesn’t work” it’s the time to say, “I think it’s time for a reset/tune up.” Allowing for the inevitable wobble can be really helpful and prevent parents from giving up completely.

As a coach, you want to encourage and inspire your children.

Gather the family again – maybe set up something nice. The time between dinner and dessert can be a good space to go back to your original plan. As a coach, you want to encourage and inspire your children. They’re part of the team and they’re needed to help your family to be a great one. You might want to say something along these lines,

“This is a great family. I/We have the privilege of training you children to be the very best you can be, to get along with each other, to contribute to the running of the family and to be enjoyed. Some things aren’t working as well as they should be and we’re not having as much fun and enjoyment as we’d like. So I/we’ve decided to stop and get things back on track. The first thing we are going to focus on is __________.”

Children love and need leadership.

Children love and need leadership. They’re looking for someone to set the order and boundaries and more importantly, stick to them. They’re also flexible and can handle the fluctuations that most families experience. While most children won’t get too excited about losing some freedom, they do love to know that someone loves and cares enough to be intentional and deliberate about creating a strong, happy family.

Gods Richest Blessings,

Fiona Lloyde

Happy Campers

Despite the cooler weather our year 3/4/5 students had a great time in Port Hughes last week…

Welcome Archie

This term we welcomed Archie Davies to Mr Evan’s 6/7 Class.   Please join us as we welcome Archie and his parents, Simon and Jess to the Good Shepherd community.


Administration News


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.

Student Absence

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.

DCSI Screening (formerly Police Checks)

A DCSI screening clearance is now required for volunteers who assist in the school or would like to volunteer for class camps etc.  Free screening for volunteers are now available through the Department of Human Resources.  The Screening Unit processes most applications within 3 weeks, however it may take longer.  Our school is registered for online screening and will initiate the online screening application on behalf of the applicant.

When the school has completed the application, you will receive an email with login and password details. This will allow you to log in to the portal and complete your application.

If you would like us to initiate your DCSI screening please contact Sarah or Danette at the front office with your full name, date of birth and email address.

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.

School Banking

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.


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.

Finance News

School Account Fees for Term 2 were emailed out to families on Monday.   Fees are due by Friday 31st May 2019.

Payment Method

Payments may be made at the school by cheque, EFTPOS, or via your bank account using BPay or direct debit. The school’s BPay and bank details appear on the bottom of the fee statement.

Fee Support

Good Shepherd endeavours to provide a quality Christian education to all children regardless of their financial circumstances, and consequently fee support is available to all families. If you require assistance please make an appointment with the Principal or Finance Officer to discuss your particular circumstances. Any information provided when applying for such support will be treated as strictly confidential and made available only to the Principal and the Finance Officer.

Sarah Loveday
Finance Officer

Annual General Meeting

Tuesday 21st May 2019


7.00pm Drinks and fellowship

7.30pm Start

Report Booklets are available from the Front Office if you would like a copy prior to the AGM.

Canteen News



RECESS:  Salsa and corn chips                                  R: $1.00

LUNCH:  Baked Potatoes (Half)                                 L: $1.50


RECESS:  Choc chip, Jam drops or Anzac Biscuits     R: $1.00

LUNCH:  Big Breakfast                                               L: $4.00 

Drinks can be ordered on your order form 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 – 0.50cents each – Available to purchase on Fridays at lunchtime.  No pre-orders.

Walk Safely to School Day – Friday 17 May 2019

Now in its 20th year, National Walk Safely to School Day (WSTSD) is an annual event when all Primary School children will be encouraged to walk and commute safely to school. It is a Community Event seeking to promote Road Safety, Health, Public Transport and the Environment.

We encourage our Good Shepherd families to meet at the Angaston Oval at approximately 8.15am and walk to school on this day.  Once children arrive at school they can report to the Front Office to receive a sticker.


Save the Date…

Local Church Services Times

Angaston Parish Service Times

Date Angaston Gruenberg Gnadenberg
May 12 8.45am  10.30am
May 19 10.30am HC 8.45am HC


KEVS Service Times

Date Keyneton Eden Valley Springton
May 12 9.00am HC  5.30pm 11.00am
May 19 5.30pm 11.00am HC 9.15am HC

Playgroup News

Activities planned:

Monday 13 May

Ducks on a Pond

Monday 20 May

Bubbles, bubbles everywhere

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.