Each Monday morning the school gathers on the assembly area and begins the day with our school prayer. In every classroom, every day, the students begin their day with morning prayer. In leading the children, emphasis is placed on the reverent commencement of the prayer with the Sign of the Cross.
This Sunday in the Church’s Liturgy we celebrate Trinity Sunday. The mystery of the Holy Trinity lies at the heart of Christian Faith. Traditionally, we begin and end each prayer with the Sign of the Cross - invoking God as a Trinity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Blessings, too, end with this invocation of the Trinity. It is a mystery of faith and we can never hope to understand fully the Holy Trinity.
Since we are made in the ‘image and likeness of God', the Holy Trinity reveals something about the complexity of our humanity. Fundamentally, the Trinity is about relationship. It is a relationship that is founded in love and sustained by love. God the Father created the world and people out of love and with a desire to share Divine life with all creation. God the Son came into our world and assumed the human condition in order that we might be saved. Jesus is the revelation of the Father’s love. The Holy Spirit, recorded in the Book of Genesis and recalled as we celebrated Pentecost two Sundays ago, is present today working amongst us.
We pray this week for our parish community led in service by Fathers Mark and Thonn. We ask that their lives be blessed with the strength and wisdom of the Holy Spirit, through the love of the Father and by the saving grace and truth of His Son, Jesus, the Good Shepherd.
School Satisfaction Survey 2021
In the coming weeks, we will be inviting students, teachers, and parents to provide feedback on their experience of our school using an online survey. The surveys are an important part of our whole school evaluation and planning process.
We would like to invite you to complete the Tell Them From Me (TTFM) Partners in Learning survey. We value the role of parents and carers within our school community, we would greatly appreciate your feedback. The information you provide will be used to maintain our commitment to working together in partnership to further improve student learning and wellbeing at Good Shepherd Catholic Primary School.
The survey is anonymous and will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. You can access the parent survey on your computer or mobile device by using the URL below:
During the next few weeks, all students in Years 4-6 will be given the opportunity and time to participate in this survey during regular school hours. Students who agree to complete the survey will be given a random username and password to access and complete the survey online. Students’ names cannot be linked to their responses which allows it to be completely anonymous. Results will show all student scores combined – it is not possible to single out individual students in the results.
The survey takes approximately 15-20 minutes to complete. The survey measures include such topics as emotional and social well-being, physical health, and behaviours and attitudes linked to student success. The survey also allows students to give their thoughts and feedback in open-ended question responses.
Participation in the survey is entirely voluntary. Your child will not take part if either you or your child do not wish to. If during the survey, your child is uncomfortable answering any question, he/she should leave it blank and move on to the next one. Your child can stop the survey at any time.
If you do not want your child to take part in the survey, please let your child’s teacher know by Monday 31 May 2021. If you would like more information, please contact me.
Our security company, Security 1, has just installed six external cameras to improve security around our school. We have recently had graffiti and groups of young people drinking and vandalising our premises. We have also had bikes and scooters stolen (today only 15 bikes/scooters are locked out of 38 bikes/scooters!!)
The security cameras will only operate after 3:30pm and until 8:30am each day. There is no recorded surveillance during school hours - except where the bikes are stored.
Please don’t hesitate to contact police on 131 444 if you see any trespassers or suspicious activity at school after hours.
Term 2 school fees were due last Friday 21st May. If you are on a payment plan, please ensure you are making regular payments and enough over the term to meet your commitment. If you have any questions about your account, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Enrolment Time 2022 - closes this Friday!
Our 2022 enrolment period closes this Friday. We have had a very successful enrolment period. Applications received after this Friday will be considered late, and may not be accepted.
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 II 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 this Friday.
Wishing God’s blessing on you and your families,
Vinnies Food Pantry
Good Shepherd Primary School families are warmly invited to participate in Archdiocesan events taking place at St Christopher’s Manuka on Sunday 30th May to celebrate Marriage and Family Sunday and to launch the Year Amoris Laetitia Family announced by Pope Francis which will be celebrated in the Archdiocese until June 2022.
On Sunday 30th May you can participate in:
· Marriage & Family Sunday Mass with the Archbishop, 11am at St Christopher’s Cathedral or watch via https://www.catholicvoice.org.au/mass-online/
· A Marriage & Family Expo 12-1pm in the Haydon Hall, behind the Cathedral, including a free lunch and a launch by the Archbishop of the Year Amoris Laetitia Family
Register here for the Expo, Launch & free lunch 12-1pm http://bit.ly/mfsregistration
|Kindergarten||KD - Luana D K||KE - Kyriacos G||KF - James R||KM - Antonela S|
|Year 1||1Co - Soham K||1Cu - Jason G||1MB - Benjamin W||1M - Taylor G|
|Year 2||2B - Mia T||2H - Loretta P||2K - Lukas C||2TC - Millae Z|
|Year 3||3G - Mia O'M||3Th - Gabriel S||3To - Aida R||3Z - Cadence C|
|Year 4||4GB - Brock W||
4Rob - Astrid H
|4Rou - Jasper T||4S - Isla S|
|Year 5||5A - Janelle D J||5CT - Paola C-P||5D - Sarah M||5WO - Ishaan S|
|Year 6||6K - Jackson F||6N - Dario S||6Pa - Mackenzie W||6PO - Luke R|
Congratulations to the students at Good Shepherd who received a Heart of God award this week as part of our School Wide Positive Behaviour Program following the school rules - Be Safe, Be Kind, Be Respectful and Be Your Best. These children will have the opportunity to visit the Gotcha shop and select a prize.
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 email@example.com 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 Classroom 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.
Due to circumstances beyond our control, ribbons from the recent Cross Country carnival were not presented on Monday morning assembly 24th May. Instead, they will be presented to students following the Celebration of Learning assembly on Friday 28th May 2021 commencing at 2pm.
One adult per child allowed. Please check-in using the CBR app.