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Strengthen Your Child’s Heart With Words
by Lisa Jacobson
“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” Ephesians 4:29 (ESV)
I can honestly tell you I never intended to say the words aloud. It’s like they popped out of my mouth on their own accord — the result of growing frustration and sheer exasperation with our tween-aged daughter.
We had just finished a particularly trying conversation and, while walking away, I shrugged my shoulders and said to no one in particular, “Oh, I give up!”
I. Give. Up.
Three surprisingly significant words — especially when spoken within earshot of your own child. Something I’m keenly aware of now based on what she said to me later.
After several hours had passed, this same daughter — this strong, determined, often unrelenting girl — came to find me before bedtime. When she spotted me, she was so choked up she could barely get the words out.
“Oh, Mum. How could you give up? I can handle anyone, anyone else, giving up on me. But not you.”
Clearly, I had wounded my daughter with my words. I was mortified. How could I have been so careless and hurtful? Immediately convicted, I asked her forgiveness and assured her repeatedly I would never give up on her.
I also made a quiet vow to myself: I’d never again utter that phrase to, or about, my children. But even more importantly than what I would not say, I determined to be more intentional about the things that I would say.
The Bible addresses both sides of this conversation in Ephesians 4:29. First, “Let no corrupting [literally ‘rotten’ or ‘worthless’] talk come out of your mouths” and, secondly, “but only such as is good for building up [or ‘edifying’], as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.”
Simply put: Our words are powerful.
As parents, we have tremendous influence and opportunity to use our words to either build up or to tear down. To encourage or discourage. The choice is ours.
For instance, consider the impact on my daughter if I’d said something like this instead: You are a strong person, and I believe God is going to use that strength in big ways someday.
Or, We might not always see things the same way, but I will always stay by your side.
Or, I don’t know everything, but here’s what I do know: You have something beautiful to offer that this world needs.
Just imagine if she had some of those words swirling around in her head as she was drifting off to sleep. Or if a few of these statements made their way into her prayers at night. Just imagine!
Maybe you have a child who could use some encouragement as well. What do you think he or she might be longing to hear from you? Because no matter what age they may be — toddler, tween, teen or adult — they desperately need words of love and strength spoken over them.
We all do.
So if you want to make a difference in your child’s life, begin by building up their heart and mind — one strong, beautiful word at a time.
Dear heavenly Father, I realize the power behind what I choose to say, or not to say, to my child. Please help me use my words wisely and lovingly — to build up, encourage and bless. I want to strengthen my child’s heart by the things I say. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Submitted by Abby Mann
This fortnight, staff and students pray for:
- ROHRLACH: Traci, Jarred Priya, Jobe & Quinn
- ROWE: Susan, Steven, Alex & Casey
- SCANLON: Anna, Paul, Michael, Luke & Samuel
- SCHOLZ: Cheryl, Malcolm, Kayley, Millie, Emma, Karlo, Sophie & Rylan
- Danette Mifflin – Administration Assistant
- Selena Grundel – LSO
- Brenton Klau – Bus Driver
- Dan Hausler – 2/3 Teacher
1 Jayden Wilkinson
10 Spencer Pech
16 Ezekiel Osborne
17 Holly Gripton
25 Ella Randall
28 Bonnie Kenny
29 Evie Cooper
30 Olivia Grieger
1 Tate Grieger
4 Brodie Heinrich
14 Mitchell Harvey
22 Charli McGorman
23 Amelia Emmett
Jessica, Zac and Ezekiel are pleased to announce their newest addition to the Osborne family. It looks like Zeke is very happy with his new role as ‘big brother!’
We pray for the Osborne family as they enjoy all the little blessings that come with a new baby in the house!
Dear Good Shepherd families,
Camps at Good Shepherd
This week our Year 1/2/3 students were fortunate enough to attend their overnight camp to Monarto Zoo. From all reports students had a terrific time, saw plenty of amazing animals and learnt a lot about the importance of conservation. Thank you to Mr Hausler and Mrs Mann for coordinating the camp and also to the team of parent helpers who assisted the students while they were away. The Zoo Snooze was the first of our camps for 2021. We can be very grateful that camping experiences have been able to recommence in South Australia.
Camps for students in the older grades are to take place next term:
Year 4 / 5 – 27-29 October (Week 3): Students will be vising Narnu Farm on Hindmarsh Island. This is a two-night camp during which students will be participating in activities such as kayaking, a Goolwa barrage walk, exploring Coorong beach, learning about fish ecology, horse riding and wilderness survival.
Year 6 / 7 – 15-17 November (Week 6): Unfortunately our Canberra Camp is unable to occur this year. In its place students will be attending El Shaddai in Wellington for two nights where they will be participating in activities such as rock climbing, archery, canoeing, ropes courses and laser skirmish. In addition to this, they will also be attending two day-time excursions to Adelaide to visit the equivalent sites that they were going to see in Canberra eg. Parliament House, Government House, various museums, and a tour of Adelaide Oval.
Offsite activities such as these are invaluable experiences for students. While it could be perceived simply as time away from the rigours of school work, the reality is that they provide students with an array of important learning opportunities particularly in regards to social skills, independence, self-management skills and the application of learning that takes place at school.
Last week we were fortunate to get a taste of warmer weather and a good dose of sunshine. While hats are not compulsory until Term 4, we are strongly recommending students get in the habit of bringing their hat to school each day so that when the weather is warmer and UV ratings increase, we have the option to wear them. If you could please help to remind your child to do this, that would be appreciated.
Last week we had four students who represented both Good Shepherd and the Barossa and Light at the state SAPSASA Hockey tournament. We can be very proud of our team as by all reports, they were very successful and displayed wonderful sportsmanship. The girls’ team amazingly won all of their 10 matches played (third time this has been achieved since 1978) and the boys were placed 6th (out of ten). Congratulations to Leo, Jaslyn, Ella and Georgia for their achievements.
Parish Service (Blessing of the Animals) – Last week I wrote to all families reminding everyone about our upcoming Parish service this Sunday. Here is a summary of the key points…
Each year Good Shepherd partners with our supporting Lutheran congregations for a special worship service in the Hub. This service will once again be happening this Sunday, 12th September. For those of you who have attended previously, you will know that this is an important community event and one not to miss on the GSLS calendar. Although I haven’t been to one myself, I am very much looking forward to it, and am especially keen to witness the ‘Blessing of the Animals’ – a part in the service when you can bring along one of God’s furry, feathered or dare I say scaly creatures to be blessed. The service will commence at 10.30am and will run for approximately 45 minutes. Unfortunately there will not be a shared lunch afterwards. Given the importance of the event for the school and our supporting congregations, we strongly encourage all families to be in attendance.
Dress Up Day for Book Week – This week at GSLS we have been celebrating Book Week! Mrs John our librarian has done a wonderful job at promoting this years’ best books and coordinating what is set to be an exciting ‘dress-up day’ which will take place tomorrow. In case you’ve missed it, students can come dressed as a character from one of their favourite books. If you need some last minute inspiration, this years’ theme is ‘Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds’. Tomorrow after chapel, students in costume will put on a parade so that they can show off their outfits. Parents are welcome to join us in the Hub at 9am for chapel and the parade.
Student Led Conferences (SLC) – Next Thursday 16th September, Foundation to Year 5 students will be leading Student Led Conferences for their parents. These are a wonderful opportunity for students to showcase what they have been learning about and to demonstrate what they know about themselves as a learner. Session times have already been sent home by Mrs Mifflin. If you are yet to see the times allocated for your family, please get in contact with her. Additional instructions will be given to you from your class teacher next week via SeeSaw. This will include where your SLC will start and what your role as a parent will be.
Jump Off (Casual Day)– This term in PE, Mrs Hampton has been having a particular focus on fitness. As part of this, students across the school have been developing their skipping skills. To celebrate the skill development that has occurred, there will be a Casual Day on Wednesday of Week 10 (22nd September). On this day students may wear casual clothes to school and are encouraged to wear a splash of red. As part of the day, students are asked to bring in a gold coin donation that will be given to the Heart Foundation. On that day, Mrs Hampton has planned an array of skipping activities that classes will rotate through.
School Photos – As per previous correspondence, you would be aware that school photos are taking place on Thursday of Week 10 (23rd September). While all of the information you need to know was on the letter provided by Mrs Mifflin, I want to emphasise the following points:
- Order envelopes need to be returned to the Front Office before photo day. All envelopes need to be returned – regardless of if you purchase photos or not.
- All students will be required to wear winter uniform for their photographs, including maroon jumpers. Please note that all Year 6/7 students must bring their formal maroon jumper and rugby jumper for school photos.
- The winter uniform must be worn in accordance with the uniform policy.
- If students require any uniform in preparation for photo day, please ensure that you allow plenty of time to visit the Uniform Shop to get the required items. The Uniform Shop is open on Mondays 3.15 – 3.45pm or fill out an Order Form at the front office and we will pack it when able.
- Please also pay attention to the Uniform Policy requirements in relation to piercings, jewellery, hair up, no nail polish etc.
IB PYP Learner Profile Awards
Week 7 – Monday 30 August 2021
FDN: Bonnie Kenny (Risk-Taker)
Bonnie has worked hard this term on being brave. She is growing each week in her ability to come to school with a smile and a confident attitude. With the support of her teachers and friends, she is becoming more independent in her understanding of school as a place where she can feel safe and secure.
1/2: Bella Cooper (Thinker)
Bella shows amazing initiative every day. She leads and supports others to make good choices when faced with tough problems, and she is always trying her best to think carefully and creatively.
2/3: Asia Kuchar (Communicator)
Asia demonstrated focus as she inquired and then went about communicating her understanding about characteristics and categorisation of koalas as well as what she had learnt whilst on the Adelaide Zoo excursion.
4/5: Sam A (Risk Taker)
Sam is a principled and knowledgeable member of the 4/5 class. He has shown great improvement in all areas of his learning over the past two terms. Sam is always organised to start the day. He keeps his desk tidy so that he is able to focus on his learning tasks. Sam also demonstrated great self management skills. He is always focused on the task at hand and encourages others to make good learning choices as well.
6/7: Max Gaston (Open Minded)
Max has displayed a fantastic attitude and positivity throughout the past few weeks by showing his open mindedness to grow throughout the exhibition journey.
Week 8 – Monday 6 September 2021
FDN: Bailey Johnson
Over the last two weeks, Bailey has worked very hard on his self-management skills. He should be very proud of being more independent and using his clever mind to inquire and share knowledge in a kind and caring way.
1/2: Isla Emmett (Reflective)
Isla is always trying her best to improve in her learning. She will often check to see that she is spelling things correctly and that her writing makes sense. She also takes on feedback in a positive manner and thinks deeply about how to improve.
2/3: Saxon Keys (Inquirer)
Saxon displayed terrific inquiry skills and initiative as he worked with a partner to learn about the kinds of things that can be put into compost bins. He also helped Mr Morgan construct and place a compost bin around the school and began to implement composting at Good Shepherd.
2/3: Alexander Johnson (Inquirer)
Alex displayed terrific inquiry skills and initiative as he worked with a partner to learn about the kinds of things that can be put into compost bins. He also helped Mr Morgan construct and place a compost bin around the school and began to implement composting at Good Shepherd.
4/5: Grace Alexander (Knowledgeable/Caring)
Grace is a friendly and caring member of the Year 4/5 class. She is kind and helpful towards others and always offers to help those in need. She is principled towards her learning and always makes good learning choices. She works diligently during independent class work and regularly contributes her expert knowledge during class discussions.
6/7: All 6/7 Students
Mr Evans congratulated each student for completing their final exhibition. Each student displayed all the attributes of the Learner Profile to a great extent, and they should be extremely proud of themselves.
Congratulations to Leo, Georgia, Ella and Jaslyn for representing Good Shepherd and the Barossa & Light at last week’s Hockey carnival held over 3 days at Grange.
The girls team won all 10 of their games played (third time since 1978) with an overall goal score of 44.
The boys team placed 6th overall with a total goal score of 20.
We are very proud of how well our students performed and represented our school and community.
Classroom Snapshot – Mrs Fiona McDonald’s Foundation Class
Last Tuesday, as a part of their Unit of Inquiry into Sharing the Planet, the Foundation students investigated gardens in the local area. The students found out how people use and care for places in different ways.
Our first stop was Faith Junior School, where Mrs Biagi shared her expertise about how to plant and care for a sustainable, organic garden in a school.
After this, we headed off to the Barossa Bush Gardens, where Doreen spoke to us about how people use and care for this beautiful local space. The students came back to Good Shepherd brimming with ideas about how they can make an impact in the school community and have already begun to plan some action.
Tasting the snow peas in the hot house.
Mrs Biagi shares her expertise with the students about how to grow a successful school garden.
At the Bush Gardens we walked the labyrinth as a part of our Christian Studies which is connected to this unit. The students loved seeing how the Bush Gardens are used for many different purposes. They were particularly interested in building a labyrinth back at school.
At the Bush Gardens, we used our sense of touch to ground ourselves and connect with the earth beneath our bare feet.
New Club on the Block
As an IB World School, the Good Shepherd learning community supports and highly values student agency. All students are encouraged to have a voice, choice and ownership for their own learning.
Last week Ava, Georgia and Sarah from Mrs Grieger’s 4/5 class created a ‘Picking Up Rubbish Club’ when they discovered rubbish in the school grounds.
All students are able to join the the club twice per week during recess and lunch times.
Well done girls for using your initiative to look after our beautiful school grounds.
Twenty nine very nervous and excited year 1/2/3 students headed off on their very first camp experience to Monarto Safari Park earlier this week. Our days were filled with amazing learning opportunities and inquiry-based play!
Our camp began with a Safari Tour, where we were able to drive through all kinds of habitats on the bus, to observe and learn more about exotic and native animals, including Lions, Zebras, Hyenas, Tasmanian Devils, Giraffes, and the odd Kangaroo along the way!
The bush camp was full of exciting activities! We lay in hammocks, swung from ropes, explored moss covered ponds and climbed trees. We also took part in a ‘hut building’ competition, where we built structures out of sticks and logs together in small groups.
After a beautiful night walk where we were lucky enough to see possums, birds, and ostrich eggs! We were able to take some time to turn off our torches and reflect on our day while looking up at God’s starry sky before heading off to bed.
During the sessions with the Zoo Educators, we were able to look closely at the White Rhinoceros’ and work to tell them apart from each other based on their horn shape and size. We also spent some time learning about Zoo Keepers do with all of the poo from all of the animals at the Zoo!
We would like to acknowledge and thank Mr Jarred Rathjen, Mrs Dannie Spiteri, Mr Sam Lawrence, Mrs Alicia Swincer and Mrs Serena Boyd for their support over camp. These parents have the most incredible servant hearts, their initiative, care and positivity were so appreciated!
Jump Rope for Heart
On Wednesday the 22nd of September the students will be participating in the Jump Rope for Heart – Jump off! We have also decided to make this a causal clothes day – so please wear something RED to support the heart foundation. Also make sure your child/children are wearing clothes that they can jump rope in! We recommend sneakers and sport clothes.
Instead of getting your child to collect donations (the usual way Jump Rope operates) we have decided to collect a whole school donation on the Jump Off Day. A gold coin donation would be great but if you would like to donate more that would be wonderful.
More than 580,000 Australians live with the painful impact of heart disease today. You might know and love someone whose life has been impacted by heart disease. When primary school kids join Jump Rope for Heart, they help to improve their own heart health, while raising money to support lifesaving heart disease research.
Thanks for your support!
The P&F would like to wish all the Fathers, Grandfathers and father figures in our lives, a very Happy Father’s Day for Sunday the 5th of September. The Father’s Day Stall was a big hit with the students and I’m sure many men are feeling rather spoiled. A big ‘thank you’ to Sarah Gripton for running this stall.
Please mark in your diaries that the next P&F meeting is on Monday 13th of September at 7pm. The meeting will be held in the staff room. All welcome.
With some of the money we have raised so far this year, the P&F have been able to purchase a new projector. The projector is an upgrade from the existing projector in the Hub. The students have already put this to good use!
The P&F would like to say a big thank you, for all your fundraising efforts this year.
Dear Good Shepherd Community,
This week’s article is called ‘Going beyond the fishbowl’.
A brilliant article helping us understand that if we restrict our children in a too safe environment, it may limit their potential, of being part of our wider work and enterprise world that awaits today’s generation of children and youth.
Two scriptures this week –
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not be terrified or dismayed (intimidated), for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9 (AMP)
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity or cowardice or fear, but he has given us a spirit of power and of love and of sound judgement and personal discipline (abilities that result in a calm, well balanced mind and self-control). 2 Timothy 1:7 (AMP)
Going beyond the fishbowl
The same principle applies to children. Restrict them to a safe, insular environment and their capacity for reaching their full potential will be limited. Getting kids to go beyond the fishbowl and be part of the wider world is how we prepare them for the career-fluid future that awaits them.
Recently, I wrote a foreword for a soon to be released parenting book written by South African authors Nikki Bush and Graeme Codrington titled “Future proof your child for the 2020s and beyond”. The authors described the future that our children are entering as full of exponential and disruptive change led by technology and shifting social mores. They reasoned that in the world of work and enterprise that awaits today’s generation of children and young people, creativity, problem-solving, design, big picture thinking and risk-taking will be richly rewarded. According to Bush and Codrington, the future will belong to the kids who are going beyond the fishbowl, willing to expand their physical and mental horizons.
American parenting icon Lenore Skenazy, founder of the free-range parenting movement is a long-time advocate for parents giving kids the freedom they need to explore their neighbourhoods and take safe risks.
Dubbed ”America’s Worst Mom” for allowing her nine-year old son to ride the New York subway on his own in 2008, Skenazy has been an outspoken advocate for allowing kids more freedom and unsupervised time. She maintains that kids are “safer and smarter than our culture believes.” Like Bush and Codrington, Skenazy encourages parents to allow kids to jump out the fishbowl of school, family and their immediate neighbourhood and encourage them to explore their capabilities in the wider world. She acknowledges that allowing kids the same type of freedoms that previous generations enjoyed takes significant parental courage.
If kids are to be truly resilient and make the most of the exciting but uncertain future that awaits them, it’s more important than ever to loosen the reins so that both generations – children and parents- experience more freedom.
Finance and Administration News
School Fees Term 3 2021
School fees for Term 3 are now overdue. Please contact our Finance Officer, Sarah Loveday if you would like to discuss payment arrangements.
It’s great to see our Uniform Shop Coordinator, Virginia back this week. All going well Virginia will be available each Monday afternoon from 3.15pm – 3.45pm during the school term for any uniform purchases.
Notice of Withdrawal
We 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 2021
Did you know that limits for the school card have now been increased. So you may now be eligible if you have not been in the past. Applications for the School Card Scheme are 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.
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.
Building Blocks Playgroup
Join us next week as we master the art of photography for Photography Day.
Remember to bring along your face mask and gold coin donation.
Please contact one of our friendly co-ordinators, Bec Bawden (0427 538 371) or Sarah Briones (0448 354 583) if you have any questions.
Local Church Service Times
Angaston Parish Service Times
Sunday 12th September (Pent 16/Proper 19)
10.30am Parish Service at Good Shepherd Lutheran School and ‘Blessing of the Animals’
Sunday 19th September (Pent 17/Proper 20)
Angaston: 10.30am HC
Gruenberg: 8.45am HC Family Service
KEVS Service Times
Sunday 12th September (Pent 16/Proper 19)
10.30am Parish Service at Good Shepherd Lutheran School and ‘Blessing of the Animals’
Sunday 19th September (Pent 17/Proper 20)
Keyneton: 9.00am HC
Eden Valley: 4.30pm
Springton: 11.00am HC