We have had a most settled few weeks in this colder weather. Staff are busy finalising assessments and commencing reports.
This came across my desk this week and it is very thought-provoking:
Did you know?
Did you know, that across the world, children who read the most read the best regardless of social levels, income levels, or where they live?
Did you know that reading is one of the most important skills a child can learn because it will be difficult for a child to master any subject without knowing how to read?
Did you know that fifteen-year-old students whose parents often read books with them during their first year of primary school show markedly higher scores than students whose parents read to them infrequently or not at all?
Did you know that listening comprehension comes before reading comprehension and that you must hear a word before you can say it or read and write it?
Did you know that children learn an average of 4 000 to 12 000 new words each year as a result of book reading?
Did you know that children who grow up in homes where books are plentiful have higher reading scores?
Did you know that parents are the key reading role models? High-frequency reading parents are six times more likely to have high frequency reading children.
All children can achieve high results if they have access to books at home.
Karon Graham 2012
VINNIES CEO SLEEPOUT
I am very aware that, unfortunately, 116,000 Aussies are struggling. They don’t have the basic safety of knowing where they are going to sleep tonight.
It is why I am taking part in the 2021 Vinnies CEO Sleepout in the middle of Canberra’s winter (17 June). To me, this is such an important event, because it gives people who are struggling access to key services and support that can help to break the cycle of homelessness in Australia.
There are two simple ways in which you can help:
- Friday 11 June is our ‘Winter Woollies Day’. We encourage all families and students to bring a few dollars on this day (Gold coins are great, but so are polymer notes!) https://www.ceosleepout.org.au/fundraisers/david-austin/canberra
- Vinnies do an incredible job. You might want to learn more about where your donation will go, and you can do so here.
Thank you for your support!
Enrolment Time 2022
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 the 28th as well.
Please spread the word.
Wishing God’s blessing on you and your families,
Vinnies Food Pantry
|Kindergarten||KD - Georgia B||KE - Miguel N||KF - Mia V||KM - Kakra A-T|
|Year 1||1Co - Ezra L K||1Cu - Chloe K||1MB - James B||1M - Aaron C|
|Year 2||2B - Gabriel A||2H - Joshua C||2K - Sybella-Rose T-B||2TC - Emily C|
|Year 3||3G - Sienna G||3Th - Zachary S||3To - Vincent C||3Z - Emma K|
|Year 4||4GB - Jackson C||
4Rob - Matthew G
|4Rou - Aarush||4S - Mackenzie C-L|
|Year 5||5A - Tony F||5CT - James L||5D - Harlow S||5WO - Chloe C|
|Year 6||6K - Miles B||6N - Erica M||6Pa - James C||6PO - Leia M|
Ribbons from the recent cross country carnival will be presented to students at the Monday morning assembly on 24th May.
Late arrivals to school
Thank you for your adherence to the new school administration system. To reiterate, if a student arrives to school any time after 8:50am and the class teacher has already marked the roll, the student is considered late and must be signed in at the front office by a parent/carer. This is a legal requirement.
If students arrive to the front office without a parent/carer, a note will be sent home with them explaining that they arrived to school late.
Term 2 school fee statements are due tomorrow, 21st May. Your prompt payment is appreciated, and we are currently not accepting cash.
If paying by credit card at the front office, parents/carers are reminded to bring their fee statement (printed on pink paper) with them. This expedites the payment process.
If a parent/carer is called by the front office to collect their child because of illness, please be sure to arrive at the front office in a timely manner. It is not appropriate to have a child sit in the sick bay for an extended period of time, for many reasons; importantly is the risk of contamination to other children and staff members.
Please do not send your child to school when they are visibly unwell.
Thank you for your attention to these matters.
Please ensure that all items of clothing are labelled correctly, so we can return them to their rightful owners. With our very successful clothing pool doing a roaring trade in winter uniforms at the moment, the names of previous owners of uniforms are still on the labels, and it makes it difficult for belongings to go back to the new owners when the previous owner's name is on the clothing.
Have a lovely week. Anna, Helen, Sue and Steph.
DCO is changing their name.
On 1 July, Defence Community Organisation (DCO) will change their name to Defence Member and Family Support (DMFS).
The new name reflects their vision, what they do and who they do it for. While their name is changing, there will be no changes to the services or programs offered to ADF members and their families.Find out more about the name change www.defence.gov.au/dco
Do you adore tea or crave coffee, or perhaps you just love a good chat?
Registrations are now open for our next Coffee & Conversation on Wednesday 9 June from 10am – 12pm at Adore Tea.
Coffee & Conversation is a self-funded activity with attendees responsible for purchasing their own food and drinks. Children are welcome.
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|
Thank you to our Good Shepherd knitting ladies for all your amazing efforts this year in various knitting projects!
The Good Shepherd knitting group is made up of grandmothers, mothers, Good Shepherd staff members and our extended Good Shepherd community.
This year the Good Shepherd knitting group assisted with knitting 130 Good Shepherd Bears for our 2021 Kindergarten students. They have also knitted Time Rabbits for the Defence students whose parents are deployed or away. The ladies also knitted the most beautiful poppies for our Remembrance Day display in 2020 year which were displayed in the entrance to our front office building. We also displayed the poppies in the staff room and in prayer throughout the school. We have been so lucky to be able to add the cuddle animals and pillows to our Learning Support hub and classrooms for our students to hug in the calming spaces.
As a school we feel so blessed to have these incredible ladies knitting such precious items for our students and our school. Every time we receive some of these amazing items at the front office, they bring a huge smile to the face of our staff and warm the hearts of everyone who gives them a big cuddle. Mrs Aitken has even added some of these very special items to our school library!
We have already received 44 bears so far this year, but we will need a lot more for our 2022 Kindergarten students.
We are always welcoming new knitters to our Good Shepherd knitting group. Please email Mrs Ahern if you would like to help us in knitting for our students.