Term 3 - Week 1
It’s a small world
Several months ago I was travelling on a tour bus in Japan when one of the little girls sitting near me starting singing, with her friend, the well-known and old song ‘it’s a small world..after all’; these girls were of Muslim parents from Indonesia. What an image – travellers from various parts of the world together on a bus in Japan and these girls singing a song which we more than likely know. It caused me to reflect on the world in which I live and work.
We live in such a culturally diverse world and this is evident in our school. Over the last term we tried to identify the various cultures of the families who are a part of our community. These cultures have been recognised through the flags of the countries being displayed in the undercover area. At the moment there are close to 25 different cultures represented.
One of the concepts on which we focus at GGLPS is that of ‘international-mindedness’. This concept could be defined as having a mindset that encourages a better understanding and appreciation of one another, of valuing and respecting all, irrespective of their values and beliefs. It calls for us to be able to communicate, be open- minded and to be knowledgeable about our world. After all our students will live in a world that is ‘small’. We should be developing students who have intercultural understanding so they can be principled global citizens.
As a Christian school the words of Paul in his letter to the Galatians (3:28) are quite significant when we consider the rich cultural heritage which exists here: “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male or female, for you are all one in Christ”. Essentially Paul is reminding us that we are all equal in God’s sight; Christ died and rose for all – not just one or two ‘favoured’ races. This is an attitude and belief that we are aiming to instil into the students as we work and play together.
Yes it is a small world. One which I don’t believe Walt Disney quite envisaged when this song was released over 50 years ago. It is a world in which our children will be living, relating and interacting. Through intercultural understanding and being internationally minded I hope and pray that it will be a world of peace for them. Shane
I trust that you had a break from routine over the holiday and had some time to recharge the batteries for the third term. One of the highlights for this term will occur next week when the students share their learning with you during the Student Led Conferences – I hope you have been able to book a time for this. This was a powerful experience for many parents last year as they listened to their child(ren) explain to them what they had been learning in class. For many the hour went very quickly; I know the experience will be just as valuable this year again.
A reminder that the newsletter will be published on a fortnightly basis, this term, on a trial basis. This decision will be reviewed at the end of this term.
Flags and map: The large world map and various flags representing the diversity of our school community has certainly been a talking point amongst the students this week. Each week I will identify further countries with their flags and the capital city on the world map. If you believe that your country / heritage is not represented please let me know.
Japan 2018 student tour: Every second year GGLPS coordinates a tour of Japan for students in year 5 and 6 (this is a voluntary exercise). The next tour will occur in 2018, however, we would like to begin discussions about this tour this term, to give parents time to consider if this is feasible for their families. Since the last tour we have established a sister school relationship with a school in Fukiyama (near Hiroshima) and it is expected that we will spend two days there (this school was visited in 2016). It is expected that this meeting will be held towards the middle of the term. It is during this meeting that we will indicate costs, itinerary etc. I will be able to share the date for the meeting in the next newsletter.
Kate Burton: We welcome Mrs Burton back to the Reception class this this week. Kate is returning from maternity leave and will, for the rest of the year, teach three days a week (Mon – Wed) with Mrs Henderson teaching Thursday and Friday.
Reports / Portfolios: At the end of last term you would have received your child’s report and portfolio. I hope this gave you a very clear picture of the learning journey being undertaken. If you have queries / clarifications from this, I would encourage you to make an appointment to see the class teacher. The Student Led Conferences are not a time to discuss this.
Next newsletter – 9th August
Welcome back – Do we have an exciting term for you!
Three weeks is a long time for some of our students and no doubt some of our parents. It is great to hear what our students did over the holidays. Staff were also very busy over these last few weeks.
During the first week staff participated in a professional learning week involving:
- The 3rd moderation workshop with Good Shepherd School facilitated by consultants from the Independent Schools board and Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority. Specifically focusing on Maths.
- Spiritual retreat
- Australian Conference on Lutheran Education (ACLE) –The theme being People, planet, purpose – reformation starts with us!
- Team planning days
- Connected Schools workshop – Inquiry/Problem based learning facilitated by Independent Schools board consultants.
After this very busy week, staff enjoyed a change of pace as they recharged and began preparing for the next term. And what a term we have in store!
One very important event already on the radar is the Student Led Conferences.
A highly effective part of reporting progress to parents includes the opportunity for students to share their learning with their parents/caregivers.They will take place next week Tuesday 1st August and Wednesday 2nd August. Look out for the formal invitation that outlines your student led conference. Everyone has a specific role during these conferences. Please ensure you understand the different roles that each participant has before attending the conference.
For the student it is to:
- share their learning journey with their parents
- demonstrate a deeper understanding of their learning with evidence
- take ownership of their learning and behaviours
- have quality time on a one to one basis with their parent/parents/caregivers
- the discussion about the learning will be between parent/parents/caregivers and student
- students are responsible for sharing their learning.
For the parents/caregivers it is to:
- see the learning process their child/children have gone through
- have quality time on a one to one basis with their child/children
- parents are encouraged to help guide the conversation through the provided prompts and suggested questions.
- offer verbal and written feedback to their child/children.
The role of the teacher is to:
- to guide and prepare the students to become confident participants and share their learning.
The development of their training will naturally be progressive as students move through the year levels.
- to support and guide parents with prompts and suggested questions encouraging student/parent communication.
- not to engage in parent/teacher conversation. Parents wishing to discuss their child’s learning with the teacher will be asked to make an appointment at another time.
We know that students, parents and teachers will find this experience rewarding. This is an opportunity for you to celebrate your child/children’s learning and achievements with them.
Planned events for term 3 include Year 2 zoo snooze, Endeavour College concert band, preparations for Yr6 exhibition (stay tuned for information about a parent workshop), Book week, Growing with Gratitude, Special Persons Afternoon (SPA) and some other great learning opportunities which staff are busy preparing. It promises to be an exciting and productive term.
So, welcome to Term 3 & let’s learn!
FAMILY LIFE EVENING – Wednesday, August 30
An opportunity for primary-aged children and their families to learn about the human body and the amazing things it can do. Traditionally known as the ‘Birds & the Bees’, these sessions have been designed to be fun, informative and easy to understand. Run by KidzBiz, they are highly interactive and provide students and their parents/caregivers with an introduction to basic personal growth and social development education.
6:30pm – Where Did We Come From? (Reception to Year 4)
7:30pm – What’s Happening to Us? (Year 5 to Year 6)
SEASONS FOR GROWTH
Has your child recently experienced change or loss? These events are inevitable at some point in everyone’s lives and kids need to learn to talk through them. Grief must be attended to, with honesty and openness. Seasons for Growth, run through goodgrief, offers a quality program for students to deal with grief. Through eight sessions, students are led through the seasons of grief in a comfortable environment. Jason Kupke (School Chaplain) will be facilitating these sessions from later this term on Monday afternoons in different aged groups. If you are interested in signing up your child, please email him (Kupke.Jason@goldengrove.sa.edu.au) or speak to your child’s teacher. There is no right, wrong or normal way to grieve, but it always helps to talk it through!
mainly music/Playgroup is held each Friday at Golden Grove Grove Lutheran Church after Chapel at 9:30am until 11am. Please come and join us.
Any questions please contact Natasha Jaeschke 8282 6050
Church this Sunday is in the Worship Centre at Golden Grove Lutheran Church
9.30am with Pastor Greg sharing the message
Children please join us for Kids at Heart children’s ministry time.
Followed by tea/coffee and fellowship.
6.30pm Salt Factory SERVICE AT 6.30PM. You are welcome to come for a light meal at 5.45pm (gold coin donation).
It would be great to have your company.
Term 3 - Week 3
One of my favourite movies is Top Gun. I love the dog fight scenes where the lead character, Maverick, seems to have the edge on all the other fighter pilots. But Maverick had a critical flaw; he didn’t like working together with the other pilots or working for the good of the whole squadron. Despite his obvious talent, Maverick failed to excel while he tried to do things independently of his team. Over the course of the film he realises his best comes through when he collaborated with his fellow pilots culminating in the iconic phrase ‘you can be my wingman anytime’.
Collaboration is a key value in our Golden Grove Lutheran Community. We recognise that we are made for relationships and we are at our best when we work with others. God encourages us to see our life as a collaboration with him and with others. In Ecclesiastes 4, King Solomon writes:
Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labour…a cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
When we are team focussed we look for the gifts of others, how they complement our own, and how a better outcome is achieved through the synergy of well-functioning partners. Working together is God’s idea and even greater results and satisfaction are realised when we invite him to be part of the process.
School Council, Connected Schools update:
I trust you have settled in well to this third term of the school year.
During the first week of this term, Good Shepherd Lutheran School hosted a Connected Schools Combined Council meeting featuring staff and council members from Salisbury Lutheran Kindergarten, St Paul Blair Athol, Golden Grove, Good Shepherd and Endeavour College.
At this meeting, over 40 people were able to collaborate ideas and share best practice, celebrate our achievements across our learning sites and create new ideas for the future. We are truly blessed to be part of Connected Schools – a K-12 community that works in partnership with parents and staff across our sites of learning to provide a rigorous, Christ-centred Lutheran Education. We are fortunate to access personalised diverse learning experiences where every learner benefits from our shared talents and resources. For more information about Connected Schools, check out www.connectedschools.com.au or Connected Schools on facebook.
Thanks to our school leaders, staff and volunteers for your continued efforts to make our community such a vibrant one. Your efforts are extremely valued. I wish you all the best for term 3, and look forward to seeing you around the School.
(School Council Chair)
ICAS Digital Technologies and Science. Well done to all that entered. The following students received awards.
Merit: Manu McNeill, Sara Panchal, Hayden Peel
Credit: Matthew Tan, Emily Fletcher, Brendan Jasiunas
Distinction: Pimal Boragodage, Charlotte Dahlenburg, Ashani Amarathunga, Hayden Murnane
Merit: Charlotte Dahlenburg
Credit: Manu McNeill, Tahlia Perry, Pimal Boragodage, Lilly Kumela, Ashani Amarathunga, Emily Fletcher, Brendan Jasiunas
Distinction: Charlotte Kenny
ICAS Spelling. Well done to all who entered and the following students who received awards.
Merit: Sahitya Chavali, Sarah Jasiunas, Tahlia Perry, Pimal Boragodage, Tyson Kramer, Annabel Norris, Matthew Tan, Brendan Jasiunas & August Wu
Credit: Emily Schultz, Ashani Amarathunga, Lucas Freund, Charlotte Kenny, Daneron Marshal, Sara Panchal & Cameron Preiss
Distinction: Elliot Barnes & Thomas Iannone
The staff and I were extremely pleased with the attendance at last week’s Student Led Conferences. Once again they proved to be a great opportunity for students and parents to sit and talk about the learning that is occurring in the classroom. I trust that you found the experience to be beneficial and that you learnt something new about your child / ren. We are definitely seeking any feedback you may have about this activity.
Endeavour band: The year 9 Endeavour band showcased their wonderful talents to the students today with a brief ‘concert’. It was an inspiration for our instrumental students and they could see where all that practice could take them!!
Sympathy: Our thoughts and prayers are with one of our administration staff members Deirdre Fox as she mourns the death of her husband Brett. Brett had been fighting the effects of brain tumour throughout this year. We know that God will wrap his arms tighter around Deirdre and her girls, Laura and Nicole over these coming days, weeks and months ahead.
Special Persons Afternoon (SPA): One of the highlights of the year is our annual ‘Special Persons Afternoon’ (SPA). This is a time when the students can invite a special person (s) (grandparents, relations etc.) to the school to share with them about their school life. This is being held on the 15th September (after lunch). Invitations will be sent home in the coming weeks but for now you may wish to think about who will be invited and inform them of the date. Due to the large numbers of guests that are at the school during this time we would ask that each family invite no more than 2 or 3 people as a maximum.
Japan trip information evening: It is expected that a trip to Japan will be offered in 2018 (October) for students in years 5 and 6. To begin the thinking and planning around this, an information evening will be held in the staff room for students currently in years 4 and 5 on Wednesday 6th September at 6:30 pm. At this meeting a tentative itinerary and expected costs will be shared.
Family Life: In the last newsletter, information was shared about the upcoming Family Life sessions (Wednesday 30th August). Please note that you are able to choose which session (s) you might like to attend depending on your child /ren’s needs. The year level on the session is a guide only. I would encourage you to explore the link
and refer to the Family Evening session to determine the appropriate sessions for you.
Uniform: As part of the School Council’s Strategic Plan a review will be conducted on the school uniform over the next few months. In the coming weeks, parents and students will be asked to complete a very short survey about this. As I shared with P. & F. last week any changes that may occur will be introduced slowly and families will not be placed at a financial disadvantage. This survey will be emailed to you.
What a fantastic couple of nights we had last week at Student Led Conferences (SLCs), from all reports it was an extremely worthwhile experience. The highlight for me was the enthusiasm and pride that the students demonstrated as they led their parents/caregivers through their learning. At GGLPS we highlight the importance of reflection, as we are all learners on a journey we would appreciate any feedback regarding the SLCs. Thank you to those who have already sent through feedback.
It is exciting to see the path our students take as they move through the PYP. Having an opportunity to celebrate with our students in our Monday assemblies, SLCs and year level showcases/sharing evenings allows us to do this on a regular basis. This year we introduce another opportunity for our year 6 students to celebrate their learning as they near the end of their primary school education. Specifically focusing on our goal of developing learners who are internationally minded demonstrating the attributes of the Learner Profile and skills of a global citizen. (I encourage you to ask your child about what the Learner Profile, attitudes and skills are.)
Year 6 students will be developing one transdisciplinary theme unit into an exhibition that will be held on November 2nd between 6-7pm.
So, what is the exhibition, you ask?
It is the culmination of the learners’ years as a student of the PYP. Students take the lead as they engage investigation of one of the transdisciplinary themes, they apply all that they have learnt about learning to this unit and exhibited this to the wider community not just their parents and teachers.
The year 6 group has had the opportunity to share their learning already through their How we organise ourselves unit resulting in some great action demonstrated in their
market place in the school courtyard. The exhibition allows them to go the next step, identifying, designing, implementing and demonstrating the process and actioning their investigations. This year the teachers have chosen the How the world works transdisciplinary theme as the focus.
It is a great opportunity to demonstrate that we are all learners as we as staff are learning about how to present an exhibition of learning. We have over the last year had the opportunity to visit other exhibitions and engage with other professionals about exhibition. This is a whole school community event and we would encourage you to support all learners, children, parents and staff. You will hear more about our learning over the next few months.
I have included a couple of links to help you gain a greater understanding of what the exhibition is all about.
PAUL DILLON PRESENTS PARENT INFORMATION SESSION AT ENDEAVOUR –
Renowned speaker Paul Dillon will attend Endeavour College on Wednesday 23 August 2017, to present Alcohol and Drug Information sessions to our senior students as part of our ongoing commitment to educating young people about alcohol and drug use. The College has a long association with Paul, who is always very well received by students and staff alike, and his sessions complement our ongoing pastoral care programs and curriculum in this important area.
This year we are pleased to host a special evening session for Middle Years parents, supporting the need to work in partnership with families concerning alcohol and drug education. This free event with commence at 7:00pm on Wednesday 23 August, and all Middle Years parents are strongly encouraged to attend. The invitation to attend this evening event is also extended to any Year 5 and 6 parents from our Connected Schools community, regardless of whether your child is enrolled at Endeavour.
We look forward to seeing as many parents as possible take up this excellent opportunity to hear Paul Dillon speak about having conversations with your child about alcohol and parties, before it is too late. For further information and to register your attendance, please go to www.endeavour-pauldillon.eventbrite.com For more information about Paul Dillon, please go to www.darta.net.au
Endeavour College Counsellor
Date Night – is an initiative of the P&F which enables mums and dads to enjoy some time to themselves, especially those who might not get the opportunity very often. We hope the families who participated on Saturday night had an enjoyable evening! The 60 children had a great time at GGOSH with a movie and sausage sizzle.
GGLPS WARRIORS U/10 BASKETBALL REPORT
A new team, most having not played basketball before, consisting of Lexi Bird, Sienna Fracas, Tyson Kramer, Madison Kramer, Mitch Kerin, Charlie Switala and Bayley Tiller have played some competitive basketball with a 1pt loss, a 20-14 win and a loss by only 2pts after trailing by 14pts, showing a real improvement in their teamwork and passing in recent weeks. Looking forward to the rest of the season.
SEASONS FOR GROWTH – Has your child recently experienced change or loss? These events are inevitable at some point in everyone’s lives and kids need to learn to talk through them. Grief must be attended to, with honesty and openness. Seasons for Growth, run through goodgrief, offers a quality program for students to deal with grief. Through eight sessions, students are led through the seasons of grief in a comfortable environment. Jason Kupke (School Chaplain) will be facilitating these sessions from later this term on Monday afternoons in different aged groups. If you are interested in signing up your child, please email him
(Kupke.Jason@goldengrove.sa.edu.au) or speak to your child’s teacher. There is no right, wrong or normal way to grieve, but it always helps to talk it through!
CHURCH THIS SUNDAY IS IN THE WORSHIP CENTRE at Golden Grove Lutheran Church
9.30am with Pastor Greg sharing the message ‘Developing Faith’
Children please join us for Kids at Heart children’s ministry time. ‘Jesus walks on water’
Followed by tea/coffee and fellowship.
6.30pm Salt Factory SERVICE AT 6.30PM. You are welcome to come for a light meal at 5.45pm (gold coin donation). It would be great to have your company.
Term 3 - Week 5
“What happened to the love and the values of humanity? What happened to the love and the fairness and equality? Instead of spreading love we’re spreading animosity. Lack of understanding leading us away from unity. Where is the love?” It does feel like very few people share a common ground. And as soon as that difference is evident, people start to pull away from each other.
I personally believe that God is the source of all love. This true love doesn’t divide: it simply cannot. Instead, it unites. As the lyrics in Where is the Love go: “If you never know love then you never know God.” 1 John 4:7-9 (MSG) reminds us of this very fact that without God, we will never know true love. “Everyone who loves is born of God and experiences a relationship with God. The person who refuses to love doesn’t know the first thing about God, because God is love—so you can’t know him if you don’t love.”
When we love in its truest form, we become committed. Just like Jesus committed Himself to each and every one of us when he cleared away our sins, when we commit to love, it starts to take over.
The form of love that Jesus showed us is agape love, which is the deepest kind of love. It is selfless in nature, expressed in a desire for, and a delight in, the welfare of others. It means to love for the other person, not for oneself. Agape is the best love we can show because it is the kind God has for us and is good in all circumstances. It is all about giving, not getting. Agape love is not about you. It’s about the other person.
May you be encouraged to find agape love throughout your life.
It was certainly great to have a huge roll up at our termly MOT breakfast this morning. Activities such as these are an important part of our culture at the school – a culture of community, care and support. The staff enjoy cooking and serving each term and strengthening this culture. Experiencing this positive culture has definitively been one of the highlights for me as I have settled into the school and one which I will, with the support of members of this community, maintain and strengthen.
‘CONFIRMATION OF ONGOING ENROLMENT’ FORM: Parents / Caregivers are asked to complete the enclosed form in the newsletter concerning 2018. The form is self-explanatory but if you have any further questions do not hesitate to ask.
UNIFORM: A link for the questionnaire about the uniform will be emailed to each family by the end of this week. The uniform committee are seeking responses for two questions – please take the time to complete this. The students from yr. 4 – 6 will also be completing the same questionnaire. The aim of the questionnaire is to gather data on the community’s ‘feel’ for the uniform.
JAPAN TRIP INFORMATION EVENING: It is expected that a trip to Japan will be offered in 2018 (October) for students in years 5 and 6. To begin the thinking and planning around this, an information evening will be held in the staff room for students currently in years 4 and 5 on Wednesday 6th September at 6:30 pm. At this meeting a tentative itinerary and expected costs will be shared.
FAMILY LIFE: Our upcoming Family Life sessions will be held on Wednesday 30th August. Please note that you are able to choose which session (s) you might like to attend depending on your child /ren’s needs. The year level on the session is a guide only. I would encourage you to explore the link http://www.kidzbiz.edu.au/files/programs-and-info-kits.php to determine the appropriate sessions for you.
SPECIAL PERSONS AFTERNOON (SPA): One of the highlights of the year is our annual ‘Special Persons Afternoon’ (SPA). This is a time when the students can invite a special person (s) (grandparents, relations etc.) to the school to share with them about their school life. This is being held on the 15th September (after lunch).
Invitations have been sent home today. Due to the large numbers of guests that are at the school during this time we would ask that each family invite no more than 2 or 3 people as a maximum.
PARENTING SEMINAR: A ‘Happy Kids’ parenting seminar will be held in September that may be of interest to the school community: http://playandgo.com.au/index.php/happy-kids-parenting-seminar/ The lady presenting wrote ‘What’s the Buzz’ with Mark Le Messurier (who will be presenting at GGLPS next term).
CONGRATULATIONS: Congratulations are extended to James and Felicity Salisbury on the birth of Nathaniel James last Monday (14th). May God watch over these new parents as they welcome Nathaniel into their home.
A couple of weeks ago Luke Napier and myself attended a workshop with inquiry ‘guru’, Kath Murdoch. From that day, one interesting thing that ‘stuck’ with me is who are the learners in our community?
Yes, we can confidently say our students are the learners but are they the only learners in our community? Learners in our community comprise of students, staff and parents, connected for the purpose of education.
Teachers are reflective practitioners continually learning about new and innovative ways to engage and support learners. This involves questioning, challenging misconceptions, predicting, testing theories, engaging with research, reflecting and acting. All these things sound very familiar to our student learners.
Some of the current areas of inquiry our staff are engaged in either personally or as a part of group include:
- Moderation of learning measured against the Australian Curriculum Achievement Standards
- Inquiry, focusing on challenging and supporting the design of authentic investigations across disciplines
- Christian Studies in a Lutheran school
- Growth mindset, with a focus on its impact on learning
- Mathematics learning, best practice based on current research
- Soft skills, the personal dispositions that enable people to function in the ever changing world.
Are there any other learners in our community?
If you were to analyse just one day in your life I’m confident you could identify when you questioned, challenged misconceptions, made predictions, tested theories, engaged with research, reflected and acted upon different things.
Learning is lifelong
As parents and teachers of learners in a world that comprises of innovation and the unknown, our responsibility is be inquirers, ask the hard questions, challenge misconceptions (or how we experienced school), predict, test, research, reflect and act in the best interests of our future generations.
It is no secret that ‘school’ today is different to how parents in our community experienced it.
What are the differences? Why is it different? How do we feel about the differences? Has the world changed that much? What can we do to support the whole learning community?
I would encourage you to think about who the learners are in our community, are you a learner?
You can further inquire into this through reading and viewing. I included a number of different resources to get you started.
Essential elements in life long learning-curiosity empathy and passion. Danny Stillion
Life’s a great teacher, are you a great student?: Jeffrey Cufaude (Language Warning)
Teaching and Learning Coordinator
GGLPS Warriors U/10 Basketball Report 20/8/17
Some great games of basketball played by the Warriors in the last 2 weeks. A 12-8 win over the Kings Thunder. A tight tussle with strong defence stopping them from scoring. A big thanks to James Kerin for filling in and for our guest coach Paul. This was followed by a 16-8 win over the Highbury Dragons. A tough game with Highbury having some bigger more physical players, but the Warriors stayed disciplined, showing a lot of confidence and controlling the game with great passing and teamwork. Well done to Lexi, Tyson, Madison, Charlie, Sienna and Mitch. Keep up the good work.
Receptions are about to begin a unit on recycling and we are planning on making art out of various recycled items. If you have any clean items at home that you could bring in we would appreciate your help. We are specifically looking for old CDs, cardboard boxes, containers and small items that would otherwise be thrown away. We would love to recycle them and use them for ‘making’! Thanks, Mrs Richardson
INTEGRITY JUJITSU – A huge thank you to all who came along and supported this special day. All the kids and adults had so much fun learning from my coach Carlos and meeting him.
Congratulations to all who were promoted. Special mention to Charlize, Nalah and Paul Z who got new belts! Keep up the great work!
CHURCH THIS SUNDAY is in the Worship Centre at Golden Grove Lutheran Church
9.30am with Pastor Greg sharing the message
‘Jesus the disruptor’
Children please join us for Kids at Heart children’s ministry time. ‘Peter declares Jesus is the son of God’
Followed by tea, coffee and fellowship.
6.30pm Salt fFactory service at 6.30pm. You are welcome to come for a light meal at 5.45pm (gold coin donation).
mainly music/Playgroup is held each
Friday at Golden Grove Lutheran Church after
Chapel at 9.30am until 11am. Please
come and join us.
Any questions please contact Natasha
Jaeschke 8282 6050.