Good Shepherd Grapevine – 26 September 2019
The Gospel According to The Little Mermaid
Remember when Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” was the “new” cartoon in theaters? Believe it or not, this year marks the film’s 25th anniversary of the film. To celebrate, the Disney Studios are releasing the Blu-Ray version of the film on October 1st.
Based on the classic Hans Christian Andersen tale, but with a decidedly happier ending, Disney’s version of the “Little Mermaid” has much deeper undertones if you choose to see it that way. Spiritual symbolism can be seen throughout the whole film and can enhance your family’s next viewing.
Some Christian families have shied away from showing the cartoon to their family due to the fact there is a “sea witch” in the story and have mistaken the notion that the film promotes witchcraft. This is a shame. Yes, this cute little film may be too intense for very young children, but the story itself can actually be used to share the gospel.
Even Jodi Benson, the voice of Ariel and also a believer sees the spiritual connection in the film. “I think that we have this message that’s going on with Ariel reaching for something greater than herself, getting outside of the box, reaching for something that seems unattainable and I think that for a Christ follower, that is something,” said Benson in a recent interview. “We want to live outside of the box and I definitely don’t want to put God in a box, so I want to be able to dream big and kind of let go of my small mindedness. I think that with Ariel, we see her character having some of those same kinds of qualities.”
Some things to keep in mind during your next viewing:
Ariel Represents Us
Ariel is a curious girl who isn’t satisfied with the status quo. While her sisters are content with their simple lives, Ariel explores outside of her “world” and discovers a number of artifacts from the human world. She knows that there is more to see out there if only she could get to it. Because of this, she feels a void in her life. She desperately wants be part of this other world. Many pre-Christians know this void all too well and don’t know how to fill it.
Ursula Represents Satan
It’s no surprise that Ursula the Sea Witch would be compared to Satan. She’s deceptive and cunning. Ariel knows that she is bad news, and yet is easily tricked when Ursula explains that she isn’t evil, but rather, she just wants to help her fellow sea-folk. Like the devil is jealous of Jesus, Ursula is jealous of King Triton, Ariel’s father, and wants nothing more than to reign victorious as the queen of sea. What better way to get back at him than through his daughter? Ursula promises Ariel that she can make her human, but there is a catch. Ariel must hand over her God-given voice as collateral. With Satan, there is always a catch and we humans are all too happy to give over our God-given gift of innocence. Like Ursula, he wants to distract us from our true potential for a short term payoff.
King Triton Represents God and Jesus
King Triton is the god of the sea. Everything he sees is his and is under his command. Just like how God forbid Adam from eating the fruit of the tree of knowledge in the Garden of Eden, King Triton forbids Ariel from seeking advice from Ursula. However, in both case, both kings allow free will and in both cases, both Adam and Ariel take advantage of their free will with terrible results.
Arial is captured by Ursula’s minions and because of the deal she made, is destined to die as a piece of seaweed. To her surprise, King Triton takes her place and endures the punishment meant for Ariel. Even though Ariel disobeyed her father, he still loves her, trades places with her and gives up his life for her. In a sense, King Triton is like Jesus dying on the cross for our sins giving the enemy the false impression that they are now in control. Just like when Jesus rose again from the grave, so does King Triton and banishes Ursula from the sea.
By Jeffrey Totey
Submitted by Renae Ruediger
This fortnight, staff and students pray for:
- SCANLON: Anna, Paul, Michael, Luke and Samuel
- SCHOLZ: Cheryl, Malcolm, Kayley, Millie, Emma, Karlo and Rylan
- SCHULTZ: Renee, Craig, Kaitlin, Tiara, Ben and Zahli
- SCHWARZ: Jenelle, James, Egan and Stevie
STAFF & VOLUNTEERS
- John Morgan – Caretaker
- Rhian Doecke – LSO/Librarian
- Rebecca Klemm – Health/PE Teacher
- We ask for God’s blessings our families and friends as they spend some quality time together over the school holidays.
4 Chase Brooks
6 Jasper Podolski
10 Ruby Bawden
14 Georgia Barrett
17 Bella Harvey
21 Oscar Doyban
22 Tom Noack
22 Alex Rowe
23 Judith Ratsch
24 Karlo Scholz
25 Lily Brooks
28 Deegan Evans
28 Luke Scanlon
28 Amelia Klemm
Last week the students from Foundation to Year 6 shared their learning from this term with parents and caregivers during a series of Student Led Conferences. Students confidently explained what they had been learning about, sharing work samples and leading parents through various hands on activities. The student is intentionally at the centre of the Student Led Conference as they independently take their parents through the learning tasks and answer questions. Student Led Conferences are an important aspect of the International Baccalaureate PYP as they enable students to demonstrate many of the elements of the Learner Profile including being knowledgeable, good communicators and able to reflect on their learning. Thank you to those parents who completed a feedback form at the end of the session as your comments enable us to reflect on the process and how we facilitate it.
One of my favourite yard duties each week is Monday lunchtimes down in EDEN. I love seeing how the students play creatively building cubbies along the creek, digging in the dirt piles and generally letting their imaginations run free. Since it was opened a couple of years back, EDEN has become increasingly popular with the students and we often see more children choosing to play in EDEN rather than the school playground. While I love this growing trend, it has led to some challenges, the biggest being the need to share the ‘loose parts’ between more and more children. (The loose parts are the logs and building materials that the students use to make structures and play spaces). No sooner does one group build a great cubby than another comes along and uses parts of it to make something else. This is understandably frustrating for everyone and has led to heated arguments. The solution is to increase the loose parts. If you have branches or other items that would be suitable for the students to build with please bring them in so that we can restock this area (and EDEN can once again be an harmonious place).
Our amazing P and F are busy planning a disco for our students at the start of next term, in the first week to be exact. It’s going to be a lot of fun for the children but the P and F would love some help with decorating the hall, setting up, chaperoning and packing up. The P and F, under the leadership of Amanda Pech, organise so many wonderful events and opportunities for our children and the wider school community. Just in term three alone they have catered for Grandfriend’s Day, ran the Father’s Day stall and put on the wonderful family bonfire night. As you can imagine this all takes a lot of time and energy and the more people able to help out the easier it is for everyone.
Classroom Snapshot – The Arts with Mrs Josie Wundersitz
To support their class unit of inquiry, Foundation students have been finding out about birds; the form of birds, how they behave, what they like and their connection to nature. Students have drawn, painted, collaged and sculpted bird forms. We are excited to be in the process of painting the bird hide in Eden, which we hope to make attractive to birds and camouflaged into the environment.
Jerry Klemm came to visit!!
Charlie’s drawing of Jerry.
Painting the Bird Hide
The Year 1/2 class have been excitedly exploring how artists work to create animation in some of our favourite shows such as Shaun the Sheep. They have learnt to use the ‘Stop-motion’ app to record their own animations, using plasticine models and shoebox backgrounds they have created. We all agree the hardest part is making sure the camera remains still, and that it is important for smooth motion not to move objects too far too soon!
M C Escher is a famous artist from the mid-20th century. His artwork was inspired by mathematics and he cleverly created many optical illusions in his works. The Year 3/4 class have been developing their visual literacy by explaining what they can see in Escher’s artworks. They have also created tessellations and used shading to create special effects in their artworks.
Their works will be on display around the school soon!
Georgia wearing a headdress created in an ‘ancient Egyptian’ style by her and Ella.
The focus for the Year 5 and 6 students has been Ancient Civilisations, as linked to the theme for exhibition this year. Students researched an area of ancient art in which they were interested and created an art work in this style.
A wide variety of artworks were shared, including a church model, headdresses, artwork made with paints from natural materials such as coffee and beetroot, vases decorated with geometric patterns, clothing and oversized super hero drawings.
After completing their invitations and logos for exhibition, the Year 7’s have begun working towards a piece of artwork to go on display at their graduation.
Worship is an important part of the culture of Good Shepherd Lutheran School. We are a school that is part of the Lutheran Education Australia and linked to the Lutheran Church of Australia. We are proud and celebrate our opportunity to be able to come together with staff, parents, students and the wider school community to praise and worship God. It was wonderful to see this in practice recently at the Parish Church Service held at The Hub where we had the “Blessing of the Animals.” Students were so proud to be able to bring their favourite pets along to be blessed – I spotted fish, goats, dogs, chickens and a rooster!
As part of my Wellbeing Leader’s role I am currently reviewing our worship practices at Good Shepherd. To assist me in this I have had discussions with staff at a variety of Lutheran schools about the structure and focus of their worship, as well as visiting Redeemer and Immanuel Lutheran School’s to witness their whole school Chapel services and the layout of their worship area. Our School Captain’s (Jemima and Charlize) have also played a large part in this worship review by attending the worship service at Immanuel Lutheran School, brainstorming what our lower primary students would like to see at our Chapel services and surveying our upper primary students. I appreciate and thank the girls for their active role and support in this process.
To finalise our worship review and to assist the school in making decisions about worship at Good Shepherd, I would love to hear the views of our staff and parent body. Staff will complete a survey on their thoughts of the future direction for our Chapel services later this week. I would love as many parents as possible to also complete a survey seeking their opinion and views to help us ensure our worship services are meeting the needs of our school community whilst still making sure they are structured and focused on worshiping and praising God in a suitable manner. So I would ask that you please use your phones or another device to scan the QR code below and complete the survey by the end of the holidays.
Thank you kindly in advance.
Congratulations to the following students that received IB Learner Profile awards for Weeks 9 and 10:
Foundation Class – Mrs Melissa Emmett
Will Pitman – Thinker – You showed that you were a thinker when you thought critically and creatively to solve a problem. You contribute to class and group discussions with enthusiasm. You ask follow up questions to further your knowledge.
1/2 Class – Mrs Dearne Prior
Sean McCarthy – Principled – You are helpful, often cleaning up and helping others. You are respectful towards the property of others and of the school. You tell the truth and are fair. You act with a strong sense of fairness and justice.
Samuel Scanlon – Balanced – Samuel showed he was balanced when making positive choices to participate in a variety of learning activities and completing them to the best of his ability. These activities included gymnastics, finding area in Maths and collaborating with his buddy when planning a string house.
5/6 Class – Mr Dan Hausler
Aaliyah – Thinker – Aaliyah was a global thinker as she worked towards developing a campaign to promote the reduction of straw use.
6/7 Class – Mr Jayden Evans
Jemima Barrett – Communication – Jemima has demonstrated great leadership and communication through her work as school captain and by always having a positive attitude to all aspects of her schoolwork.
1/2 Class – Mrs Dearne Prior
Amelia Klemm – Principled – Amelia shows she is principled by taking responsibility for her learning across all curriculum areas and demonstrates integrity by always presenting her work to the best of her ability.
5/6 Class – Mr Dan Hausler
Millie Scholz – Knowledgeable – Millie demonstrated that she was knowledgeable when she confidently shared her learning at Student Led Conferences.
6/7 Class – Mr Jayden Evans
Maya Klose – Caring – Maya has demonstarted a very positive and caring outlook this year and always loves helping out with classroom jobs and helping out anyone who needs a hand.
Foundation / Year 3.4 Excursions
On Monday our Foundation students visited the Nature Education Centre at Urbrae, Urbrae Wetlands and the Adelaide Botanic Gardens on Monday as part of their Unit of Inquiry on nature. This excursion highlighted to the students the importance of nature and the ways nature changes.
– Charlie observed that “Snakes sniff with their tongue.”
– Ellie learnt that “Lizards have holes in their heads that are ears and snakes don’t.”
– Zahli learnt that “Snakes use their tongue to taste and sense direction.”
The 3/4 class visited the Adelaide Hebrew Congregation (synagogue) and Beitshalom Synagogue. They looked at the Torah, which they had as scrolls. Some were dressed up nicely (see picture). Students asked many questions to help their understanding about Judaism.
Dear Good Shepherd Lutheran School community,
Last week of term… Oh my goodness where did that go? Have a safe and blessed holiday break. I hope you enjoy this article it has some great insights into not quitting.
(Article from – Parenting Place)
“We don’t quit in our family”
At some stage in your parenting journey you’ve probably heard the words, “I want to quit”. When your child utters those words – one of two things usually happens. Either a wave of sweet relief rushes over you at the thought of no more taxi driving, or your heart drops in disappointment. At which point you are likely to say something like, “I’m sorry, you what?”
“I’m not doing it” your child says, referring to the thing you’ve been paying for and driving them to for years.
What to do next
You’ve heard these words before over the years. But you’ve always managed to coax your child around. So, you start over with the same old but’s that have worked in the past —
- “But, you are so good at it – you can’t give up now?”
- “But, you have worked so hard – you can’t give up now?”
- “But, your team needs you – you can’t give up now?”
- “But, we don’t quit in our family – you can’t give up now?”
- “But, you can’t just do nothing – you can’t give up now?”
- “But, you’ll be right after the holidays, you can’t give up now?”
The harder you try to convince your child of all the reasons to persevere, the harder your child digs in their heels about quitting. The idea of your child missing out on the benefits gained from their hobby of choice over the years leaves you with a grief of sorts. The rehearsals, friendships, memories, practices, the trainings. Your child has had enjoyed a sense of accomplishment and belonging to a team, along with dedication, hard work, recognition, self-confidence, and discipline. All of it has been so valuable. And now this – they’re giving up.
We can push them along regardless, or we can lean in to what is actually going on.
You’ll recognise this moment when it arrives. It’s a time when your previously compliant child solidly puts their foot down and says no more. Your best attempt to talk them around is futile, they have made up their mind. So where do we go from here? We can push them along regardless, or we can lean in to what is actually going on. Just quietly, I would recommend the latter. Because if you continue to push your child along a path where you’re invested more than they are, you’ll find that the cost is particularly high.
The importance of play
Play is recognised as one of the single most important tasks of healthy development. It’s the on ramp to creativity, productivity, mental health and wellbeing. It’s actually important that our kids enjoy what they do. So, if all of the enjoyment is stripped out of an activity for a child, then perhaps it’s a reason to find something else they can love. Sometimes swapping orchestra for orienteering, or ballet for basketball, can be just what the doctor ordered.
There comes a time in every child’s life when they need to find their own motivation for doing what they do instead of borrowing ours. So, how can we help our kids make wise decisions about their hobbies and interests?
Find out what your child is objecting to
When your child puts their foot down, it’s important to understand what they’re objecting to. It’s worth using simple curiosity to unearth what they are struggling with. Here are a few questions you can ask –
- “What’s up?
- “Why aren’t you enjoying it anymore?”
- “Have you felt like this for long?”
- “What else don’t you like?”
- “Is it about the team? The number of practices? The time of the trainings? The coach?”
It might feel like you are indulging their negativity – you’re not. You’re creating some space for them to vent about what they are struggling with.
Stop using the word but
Instead of telling them all the reasons why they shouldn’t give up, stop and listen.
Let’s assume your child is well aware of how keen you are for them to continue with the activity. Over the years, as their motivation has waned, you’ve managed to talk them around and keep them plugged in. But this time, your child has reached the end of being shuffled along by your enthusiasm. Now is your time to try something different. Instead of telling them all the reasons why they shouldn’t give up, stop and listen. Let your child express what is not working for them.
Be their cheerleader – not their manager
Having listened to all of your child’s reasons to quit, it’ll be tempting to jump right in and give them your side of the story. This is not the time to convince them why they are wrong, or just give them another shot of motivation. Instead, lean in with your support. Support sounds like, “I can tell that you have really thought about this / I have so admired your commitment to get this far / you have such determination / I’ve loved watching you excel”. This is the time to appreciate what they have accomplished, not what they have yet to do.
Buy some time
A rushed decision can sometimes lead to regrets, so chat with your child about what it might look like to transition well.
It’s never a good idea to drop an activity halfway through the season or on a whim, so it’s worth agreeing to take time to think it through. Dumping and running is seldom a good way to part with all that you’ve invested in the activity. Now that you know how your child is feeling, there will be a sense of relief for them, so a wind down period like the end of the term or the season or the year might be a good plan. This way you can chat with others like coaches, team members, partners and glean some ideas about the best way forward. A rushed decision can sometimes lead to regrets, so chat with your child about what it might look like to transition well.
If not this – then what?
After you’ve done all that listening, and you have understood things from their perspective it’s time for some blue sky thinking. Resist the urge to rush in with your next suggestions, help your child to dream about what’s next. You may have an understanding that doing nothing is not an option so you can ask them, “So if not this, then what?” Play is the birthplace of joy and creativity so work out where can your child play in new and interesting arenas. Ask them what else they are into. You might be surprised at what they have in mind next.
The leap of faith
One of the most satisfying experiences we can have as parents is to see our kids hit their stride.
One of the most satisfying experiences we can have as parents is to see our kids hit their stride and excel at what they do. Unfortunately, though, we don’t get to choose the things that they excel at. All kids reach an age and a stage when they need to fully buy in to their own journey. As parents, learning to trust the process of stepping back allows our child to step forward. This can feel like a leap of faith. But ultimately, it gives our kids the opportunity to chase their own dreams and take ownership for them.
Gods Richest Blessings,
Principal’s Morning Tea
Claudia, James, Kaitlin, Zack, Sam, Oliver, Amelia, Heidi, Charlie and Eleanor were selected from across the school to celebrate their significant contribution to demonstrating the values and spirit of Good Shepherd. This morning these students joined Principal, Anne Marschall, for a special morning tea at which she thanked them for setting a good example and being a positive influence throughout this term. (Absent: Oliver and Heidi)
Parish Service and Blessing of the Animals
Sunday 15 September 2019
Canteen invoices for Term 3 were sent home last week. Please ensure that you make payment by cash or bank transfer by tomorrow, Friday 27th September 2019. Please contact Jaymee if you need to discuss alternative payment arrangements.
Order Forms and other information for Term 4 will be sent home this week.
Finance and Administration News
School Fees for this term are now OVERDUE. Please see Sarah Loveday if you need to discuss.
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
|September 29||8.45am HC||10.30am HC|
|October 6||10.30am HC||8.45am|
KEVS Service Times
|September 29||9.00am HC||4.30pm||11.00am|
|October 6||5.30pm||11.00am HC||9.15am HC|
This week Mrs Prior’s 1.2 class entertained the playgroup children by performing a puppet show. The 1.2 students then helped the younger children to make their very own sock puppets.
Playgroup resumes on Monday 14 October
Sandpit Play / Flower Making
We currently have a school family that are seeking to rent a small 2-3 bedroom house in the local Barossa area (preferably Angaston) as soon as possible. If you are aware of any rental properties that may be available please contact the front office so we can pass your contact details on.
Thank you for your help!