14 February 2019
Issue 39:3  14 February, 2019
in his image
from the principal
parent information
diary dates
Good Shepherd Lutheran School
08 8264 7966
388 Montague Road
Para Vista, South Australia, 5093

in his image

Since ancient times, coins have been stamped with an image of the Emperor, King or Queen.  We still have Queen Elizabeth’s image on Australian coins.  The image is not the actual person – just a likeness.


The first chapter of the Bible tells us: God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. (Genesis 1:27 NLT)

1. God created us special

God did not create angels, animals or anything else in his image - just human beings.  What sets us apart from the rest of creation is that we have some likeness to God.  

  • We can communicate, reflect, reason and make choices. 
  • We can understand the difference between right and wrong. 
  • We can remember the past and plan for the future. 
  • We can imagine and make things that don’t yet exist.

Anytime we invent or build something, write a story, paint a picture, name a pet, do good to others, or take care of God’s world, it demonstrates that we are made in God’s image.


2. God created us to do life with him 

God created us in his image so he could speak with us, and we could understand and respond to him.  In Jesus, God has come in person to prove his love; showing us that God is serious about doing life with us.  Jesus brings us into his relationship with God – so we can talk to God as our heavenly Father about anything!   


Anytime we listen to God’s Word, trust in his love, talk to God in prayer, complain to God in our struggles, or ask God to help us, it shows that we are made in God’s image.


3. God created us to do life with other people

God did not create us to do life alone, but with other people.  We have families, friends, colleagues, leaders and mentors - so we can look after each other.


Every time we make a friend, join others in a task, have fun with others, or help another person, it reflects that we are made in the likeness of God.

Pastor Rolly Stahl

Baptism at Good Shepherd

'Having your child Baptised' is a short course to help parents and families prepare for their first baptism at Good Shepherd.


Our next course commences Tuesday 19 February at 7:30pm at Good Shepherd, continuing the next two Tuesday evenings (26 Feb, 5 Mar).   


For more info and how to register:


from the principal

Enrolling now for Early Learning 2020 and Foundation 2021

Community interest and the response to our announcement of expanded  services to families through the opening in 2020 of CURIOSITY, our very own Early Learning and Long Day Care Centre for 3 and 4 year old's, has exceeded our expectations.  


At this time of the year my regular practice is to begin discussions with parents seeking to enrol children to commence primary school in two years time (2021).  In addition this year, we will also enrol our first cohort of students to commence Early Learning from 2020.    Offers of places for both ELC 2020 and Foundation 2021 will then take place in March. 


CURIOSITY (ELC) Information Session

Families looking to gather more information about the ELC can do so in a number of ways.

1.  Forwarding your questions directly to me at [email protected]   

2.  Await our up and coming 'Frequently Asked Questions' publication (register interest and this will be forwarded to you in the coming days)

3.  Come along to our Information Session on ... Wednesday 20 February, 7.00pm, in Tirkanthi (Library) 


It is vitally important that we are aware of any siblings of existing students who are due to commence Foundation at Good Shepherd in 2021, as experience shows us that when the process commences, applications very quickly exceed the number of places available.  Siblings have priority entry into the school, but this is only possible if we know they exist!  Please check at the school office if you are unsure whether your pre-schoolers are currently ‘on our books’. 


Word of mouth is no doubt, Good Shepherd’s best source of promotion. Please encourage friends and acquaintances to enrol now in order to secure a place for future.

Parent Information Nights

Many thanks to those families who participated in our 2018 PIN sessions, held on Tuesday evening.  With every new year comes new initiatives and a degree of change as we respond to the changing educational landscape. The sessions are aimed at giving opportunity for parents to understand and begin (or continue) a partnership with teachers as we embark on a new year of learning.  I commend teachers on not just sharing ‘what’ it is we do at Good Shepherd, but more importantly ‘why’ we do what we do.  Your genuine care, concern and commitment to the children in your care are very evident. 


Although we do state that parent attendance is required, and despite positive feedback from many in attendance, we noted that attendance levels overall were disappointing this year.  I value and invite your feedback on how we might better meet your needs as parents.  How might we best disseminate important information and also give face-to-face opportunity for the teacher-parents relationship to be fostered?


The Foundation PIN takes place next Tuesday evening from 6.30pm.

Bible Chapel

Tomorrow at our Chapel Service at 8.45am, our Foundation students will receive the gift of a Bible.

All parents and friends of the school are welcome to attend this special service.

Fresh produce

As we strive to bring our new Stage 4 students up to speed with the Integrated Farming project, a steady stream of fresh food items are being picked every day.  


As you pass through the school office, we encourage you to take some produce and try it.  A donation is appreciated as we move towards project sustainability - offsetting the costs of fish food and electricity.


We have noted that additional fish will be required to increase nutrient levels to support full planting capacity.  When the weather cools will be adding a stock of rainbow trout (likely late March) to bolster output.

Welcome Party

Just 9 sleeps until this year’s welcome party.    Relationship building, laughing together, and feeling connection to a community are the reason events such as these are placed on our calendar.  If you are yet to secure your tickets for the event, it’s not too late.  At the close of business tomorrow we complete a final tally of numbers and finalise catering.  


Planning for the evening is complete,  farm animals, jumping castles, refreshments, live music ..... it's all happening.  So now it’s your turn…  pack a picnic dinner, blanket or deck chairs, and come along and relax on our lawns for Welcome Party 2019.


Volunteers are required to assist on the night.  When many volunteer to do a little, we can all enjoy the show.  If you are prepared to give 30 minutes of your time to assist on the volunteer roster, please let the school know.  Many thanks.

parent information

Welcome Party

Good Shepherd is having a party, and you're invited!

Saturday 23 February from 5.30pm the Welcome Party fun, food and fellowship will begin.

The event is a BYO picnic but if you prefer us to supply BBQ sausages, we need to know.

Download your pre-order form here.  Orders must be placed with payment at the front office by Friday 15 February.  EFTPOS facilities are available for these purchases.


Raffle Prizes

We have an amazing list of prizes to be won in the Welcome Party raffle.

For those not coming to the party, you will still be able to purchase raffle tickets prior to the event from the school office.  Details coming soon.

Here is a list of generous donors who will help raise funds for our school.  Support them if you can.


Help Needed

The Welcome Event is a fantastic gathering for our school community and it wouldn’t be as successful without the help of our supportive parents.

We are urgently looking for helpers on the night who can assist in pack up.  The more the merrier!

Please include your name at the bottom of the booking form, or let someone in the front office know you are willing to help.  Thanks!

School Photos

Individual, family (siblings here at school) and class photos will be taken on Tuesday 5 March.

Please return the envelope and payment to the front office by Friday
22 February.  If you are not purchasing photos, you still need to return your envelope. 

A display of the photo merchandise is on display in the office.

Family envelopes, for a photo of siblings here at school, are available from the office on request.

Volunteer Training

Volunteer Training is required for parents and carers who would like to be involved in specific school activities like camps, excursions, learning assistance, coaching sporting teams, and any other similar activity requiring independent supervision of students.

Please note than canteen volunteers are not required to undertake the training unless volunteering in other classroom based roles.


There are 3 steps to becoming a registered volunteer:

  • Organise and obtain a police check.  Complete the form and bring to the school office with your 100pt identification.
  • Complete Valuing Safe Communities online training which takes about 30 minutes.  The certificate issued at the end of the training is to be shown to school office staff for verification.

  •  Attend the Volunteer Training Session which will be held on Monday 4 March at 2.00pm or 6.30pm, or on Friday 8 March at 2.00pm. 

To register your attendance at one of the sessions at school, or for any other queries, please contact the school office.

Fringe Festival

Cameron (Stage 4P) and Jye (Stage 4S) have been selected to perform with other gymnasts at this year's Fringe.

The performance 'Bounce In' will be presented at the Payneham Youth Centre on 16 March with sessions at 4pm and 6.30pm.

The activities in this 60 minute cabaret include aerial artists, German wheel performers and acrobats in what is sure to be an exciting event for all the family.  For bookings click here.

Uniform Shop

The uniform shop is open for business on

  • Tuesday:  1.30pm - 3.30pm
  • Wednesday:  2.30pm - 3.30pm
  • Thursday:  1.30pm - 3.30pm
  • Friday:  8.15am - 9.15am

Please contact Rachel, our Uniform Coordinator, via email [ click here ] for all your uniform enquiries.  

Canteen Help Needed

If you have time and would like to offer your assistance in our Canteen for an hour or so on Thursday and Friday's, please contact Natasha Leske, or notify the school office. 


The canteen is open for business at recess and lunch on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday's, beginning from next Wednesday, 7 February.


Volunteer Roster:

Wednesday 20 February  

B Nielsen / K Lucas

Thursday 21 February

A Panozzo / H Kaur

Friday 22 February

R Modra / K Paxtyn

Art Room Request

"Hello" from the Art Room!

To new families who may not know and a reminder to all families, we love to receive donated goods in the art room.

At the moment we are urgently in need of

  • washed margarine containers
  • 4 or 5 litre ice-cream containers
  • small plastic containers
  • small plastic water bottles or 1.25l soft drink bottles
  • clear take-away containers
  • small boxes

We currently have enough yoghurt containers.


Please feel free to drop donated goods into the art room on the bench closest to the door or you are welcome to put your donated goods straight into the clearly labelled shelves and boxes.

Your donations are valued by the students throughout the year.

We thank you in anticipation.

Helane Jaensch – Visual Arts teacher



School Card Discount

New applications must be made at the beginning of each year.  It is important to apply for School Card as soon as possible. 

If you require further information about who is eligible, please contact our Director of Business and Finance, Garry Schwartz.

OSHC Friendship Day


Toolbox Parenting Course

A parenting course which specifically focuses on children aged 0 - 4 years is soon to be held here at Good Shepherd.

The course offers practical strategies, ideas and insights to inspire and equip you on your parenting journey.

To register online, click here or by downloading the following document.



Little Lambs Playgroup is for children  from birth to 5 years and resumes this Friday at 9.30am in the Good Shepherd Church Hall.  Come for Chapel and stay for Playgroup.  Dad's and grandparents are welcome too!

Free Autism Session for Parents


English Classes

Mawson Lakes Community Church are providing English Circle in 2019  for adults to improve their written and spoken English skills.  

Trained volunteers go through a curriculum in a friendly supportive environment.  Classes are on Monday evenings from 7.00pm.



Netball Results

U10 GS Champs

The Good Shepherd Champs were off to a roaring start Monday night when they faced their first clash of the 2019 Netball season. The team had four new players hit the court with each player showing great confidence and promise for a fun and exciting season.

Scorers: Charlotte 14 goals and Laila 2 goals. Well done to all the players. 

Rebekah Devcic (Coach) 

Junior Football Opportunity



diary dates

Diary Dates


   14 Feb     Scholastic Bookclub orders due

   15 Feb     Bible Chapel 8.45am

   18 Feb     Term 1 invoices due

   19 Feb     Assembly led by Stage 4S

   19 Feb     Stage 1 Parent Information Night (6.30pm)

   20 Feb     ELC Information Session 7.00pm

   22 Feb     Photo envelopes due back

   23 Feb     Welcome Party (from 5.30pm)

 4 March     Volunteer Training 2.00pm or 6.30pm

 5 March     School Photos

 5 March     Assembly led by 3CH in the gym

 6 March     Foundation rest day

 8 March     Volunteer Training 2.00pm

11 March     Adelaide Cup Public Holiday




Valuing Safe Communities.pdf
OSHC News.pdf
Toolbox parenting.pdf
Toolbox parenting.pdf
Toolbox Parenting_sign-up form.pdf
Autism Information.pdf
Welcome Party Order Form.pdf
Welcome Party Raffle.pdf
Welcome Party Raffle.pdf
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