For Parents

Nationally Consistent Collection of Data Information

The Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD) takes place every year between July and August.

The NCCD is a collection that counts:

  • the number of school students receiving an adjustment or support due to disability.
  • the level of adjustment they are receiving to access education on the same basis as other students.

 Students are counted in the NCCD if they receive ongoing adjustments at school due to imputed or diagnosed disability. This support allows them to access education on the same basis as a child without a disability. The NCCD uses the definition of disability in the Disability Discrimination Act 1992.

Bus Information for Parents

Transport Canberra has worked closely with the school community to provided frequent and additional services for school students across Canberra.

Transport Canberra has made the following changes:

These are the school bus routes for Amaroo School and Good Shepherd Catholic Primary 

School route 1064 for students in Bonner and Forde;
School route 1065 for students in Casey and Ngunnawal; and
School route 1066 for students in Moncrieff.

  • These services run both morning and afternoon on school days, and stop directly outside the schools on Burdekin Avenue.
  • Alternatively, students can use public bus route 19/20 and route 25/26 services for travel to and from Amaroo School and Good Shepherd Primary.

All schools, parents and students can check timetables here:

  • checking the information packs for each school, which are online at
  • checking timetables for each route (including school specials), which are online at
  • calling 13 17 10 or 62077611.

Hours of operation

The school day begins at 8:50am, at which time children line up in class groups. The school day concludes at 3:10pm. There are two breaks in the school day: recess from 11:00–11:30am, and lunch from 1:10–1:40pm. Supervised eating time at recess is between 11:30-11:40am, and supervised eating time at lunch is 1:40–1:50pm. 

Kindergarten students finish school at 3:10pm. They can be collected from the grassed area in front of the Kindergarten building at 3:10pm. All Kindergarten students will be supervised in this area by their teachers until 3:20pm, at which time they will be taken to the front pick up drive through area. 

Parking Drop Off and Pick Up

  • Morning drop off begins at 8:30am when supervision starts. 
  • Afternoon drive through pick up (at the front carpark only) begins at 3:20pm.

Drive through drop-off and pick-up operates in the area at the front of the administration building. This method is encouraged by the school. 
If you park and collect your child from the front school carpark, you must wait in the carpark area and not enter the school grounds. Parents are asked to note the disabled parking zones. 

If you park and collect your child from the Church carpark, you must wait outside the school gates. All students will be supervised at the gate until 3:30pm. 
We request each family to have a card with their name in large print displayed on the dashboard as they drive through pick-up. Our front office staff can provide this on request. The teacher on duty will call each family name as the car approaches so that those children can come to the kerb. This enables a quick and safe collection of children. Pick-up begins at 3:20 pm each afternoon. Parents are asked not to queue before this time, to allow other cars to exit the carpark. At no time is parking permitted in the drop-off and pick-up zone. 
Children should be collected by 3:30pm, when supervision finishes. If you are unable to collect your child by 3:30 pm they will need to attend after school care.

Volunteer Opportunities

At Good Shepherd Amaroo we value and welcome parental participation throughout the year. All volunteers 16years and over to ACT schools must provide the school with their current Working with Vulnerable People card and sign in each time they are volunteering. Volunteers must carry their Working with Vulnerable People Card on them at all times while on school grounds. 

Opportunities to volunteer include: 

  • In-class reading groups and excursions.
  • Sports Carnivals
  • Community Events
  • Community Council Committee
  • Parish Support and Events
  • Good Shepherd Knitting Group

Using the Qkr! app

Payments for Community Council events and Items sold by the Community Council can be made through the Qkr! app. This app is available for you to download for free to your mobile device. At Good Shepherd this app may be  used to pay for items such as:

  • Second Hand uniforms
  • Community Council events eg: Mother's Day/Father's Day stall etc

School Counsellor 

Catholic Care Canberra and Goulburn are contracted by Catholic Education and Congregational schools to provide a counselling service for students and their families. As part of their pastoral care program for students, Catholic Schools have access to a Student and Family Counsellor. There is no fee to access this service.

Our School Counsellor can be contacted by emailing our Good Shepherd Wellbeing Team at  email here or through the Catholic Care Red Hill office on (02) 6162 6100.

Student Welfare Officer

The role of the Student Welfare Officer is to work with all students, carers, families and staff to provide social and emotional support to actively promote student well-being. Good Shepherd's Student Welfare Officer is Mrs Terree Olive who is a member of the Good Shepherd Wellbeing Team. Mrs Olive can be contacted via email 

Parent Library 

Good Shepherd Catholic Primary School has a Parent Library located in the foyer of the administration building available for use by all parents and carers.

 The Parent Library was established for a variety of reasons:

  • To ensure parents have fair access to information that responds to the social and wellbeing needs of the school community.
  • To offer information that matches the demographics for our school community.
  • The library will help connect families with resources to help make informed decisions on issues such as mental health, child and family programs, Defence Family Supports and service centres within our local communities.
  • Connecting families with information they need for TeamKids Before and After School Care service and Teamkids school holiday programs.
  • Parenttv is a platform available for parents, carers and the Good Shepherd community. The login is available from the flyer in the link attached. School Flyer Good Shepherd.

Parent and family engagement is important in each student’s primary school years. Research suggests parental connection to the school relates to enhanced student academic success and wellbeing. The school welcomes feedback and suggestions from parents/carers. 

Parent Handbook