One of the greatest challenges the Christian parent and teacher encounters today is the spiritual education of the children committed to their care. People often ask how do we bring to children a sense of God and his love for them and what do we tell them about God? One of the ways in which God made himself better known to us was through his son, Jesus becoming man. By having a close look at the gospels, we can find many wonderful things to tell children to lead them to a sense of God.
In the gospels, it is apparent that Jesus came into the world not to condemn nor to be negative, but to inspire people and offer a positive value system for living. He was prepared to suffer with us and share fully our human condition. This thought should be a source of hope for us.
As significant adults in the lives of our children, we are responsible for giving our children human experiences of God. Each time we are kind, patient, loving, forgiving, and good-humored to children, we are exposing them to gospel values and so an experience of Jesus, the Good Shepherd.
Education at home and school also needs to assist children to develop practices of reflection. Consider a pause and prayer before a meal, a night prayer together, an expression of joy and thanks for the simple and beautiful things in life, a prayer to start or finish a journey, an expression of very real thanks for life on a birthday. These practices, in addition to attendance at Mass, are but a few of the many ways we can lead our children to a deeper love of God in their lives.
Enrolment period for 2022
Our final ‘Open Day’ will be held this Monday 17 May (9:30am-11am and 3:30-6 pm).
If you have a little one ready for school in 2022, or you know of anyone interested in looking at our fantastic school for their children, please let them know that they can commence enrolment processes now.
Catholic Education enrolment period is open until Friday 28 May. Please let interested people know about our enrolment time. Forms are available here: https://enrolments.goodshepherd.act.edu.au/act-primary-enrol/start.
For Year 6 children enrolling in Systemic Secondary schools (St John Paul College, St Francis Xavier College, and Merici College) as well as the Parish ELCs at Mother Teresa and Holy Spirit, forms need to be completed by 28 May.
Please spread the word.
Cross Country tomorrow
We wish all our runners all the best in our annual Cross Country Carnival tomorrow. A reminder to parents that if you attend you must ‘check in’ using the ‘Check in CBR’ app and must maintain social distancing.
Run well, kids!
Wishing God’s blessing on you and your families,
Vinnies Food Pantry
|Kindergarten||KD - Mason D||KE - Charlotte J||KF - Ayla P||KM - Amalie T|
|Year 1||1Co - Ava B||1Cu - David J||1MB - Amelia W||1M - Thomas S|
|Year 2||2B - Charlotte B||2H - Riyana B||2K - Ashton S||2TC - Kristian J|
|Year 3||3G - Samuel F||3Th - Joanna J||3To - Addison W||3Z - Mackenzie K|
|Year 4||4GB - Cameron H||
4Rob - Kashvi P
|4Rou - Aaryan G||4S - Arddun H|
|Year 5||5A - Thomas H||5CT - Marley S||5D - Ronan H||5WO - Dylan C|
|Year 6||6K - Sybilla S||6N - Ema-Luisa F||6Pa - Parneet V||6PO - Hamish L|
Please feel free to donate any items of school uniform that no longer fit your child.
Order forms for any 2nd hand uniform items can be found at the front office.
All items $5 each.
We always welcome feedback, so please email firstname.lastname@example.org or make contact with a council representative.
Our current Community Council Members are:
|Deputy Chair||Jodie Herbert|
|Members||Kathy Falaras & Gertrude Mutsinze; Christie Bibo|
|Staff Reps/Members||David Austin, Melinda Hall-O’Brien, Charlotte Fitzpatrick, Father Mark Croker|
Learning to live with change and loss
Change and loss are issues that affect all of us at some stage in our lives. At Good Shepherd we recognise that when changes occur in families through death, separation, divorce and related circumstances, young people who have experienced change and loss more than 6 months ago may benefit from learning how to manage these changes effectively.
We are therefore offering a very successful education program called Seasons for Growth which will commence in on 31 May (Week 7). This program is facilitated in small groups and is based on research which highlights the importance of social support and the need to practise new skills to cope effectively with change and loss. The program focuses on issues such as self-esteem, managing feelings, problem-solving, decision-making, effective communication and support networks.
Good Shepherd is pleased to be able to offer this important program and we are confident that it will be a valuable learning experience for those who request to be involved.
If you think your son or daughter would benefit from Seasons for Growth we would encourage you to talk to him/her about participating in the program and complete the Registration and Consent Form by 14 May.
Further details contact Terree Olive - Student Welfare Officer Terree.Olive @cg.catholic.edu.au.