Today we are pleased to officially open our newly refurbished buildings in Years 3 and 2 (Ryan Building) and in Years 4 and 5, including the construction of the new building to join both blocks together. At the time of reading, we are about to have the opening conducted by Senator Zed Seselja and blessed by Archbishop Christopher Prowse with many other special guests attending.
For the past five years we feel we have been teaching and learning amongst a building site! Our school has increased, with extensions to cater for the growing enrolment, as well as renovating and redesigning every single classroom to cater to 21st century learning in the past five years.
We are extremely proud of our classrooms, buildings, and learning spaces, and it will be great to officially bless and open these facilities today for our students and generations. Thanks to parents who are joining us.
Vinnies CEO Sleepout and Winter Woollies Day!
Next Thursday I will be again participating in the CEO Sleepout, to raise awareness of homelessness and the work St Vincent de Paul does in Canberra to assist. In a few days, I will receive a palpable, purposeful, and poignant encounter with the cardboard and concrete reality of homelessness.
Unfortunately, homelessness in our community continues to grow.
Thankfully, Vinnies was – and is – there for those in need.
Vinnies offers relevant and practical support for people experiencing homelessness. As a volunteer of the Vinnies Night Patrol Van, I can tell you, firsthand, the plight of homelessness in our city. Money raised from this will assist Vinnies with their work in this area.
Tomorrow, we will hold our annual ‘Winter Woollies’ Day. I encourage you too to bring a gold coin donation that will go towards my sleepout fundraising. Thank you in advance for your support and generosity.
Don’t forget we are providing a sausage sizzle for lunch!
Thank you for your support with the school uniform. A reminder that full winter uniform is required for Terms 2 and 3. We are starting to see variations of uniform that are not allowed, such as different coloured jackets and beanies, coloured sneakers etc. The uniform policy is available on our website. Please support us in ensuring your child is correctly attired for school.
Wishing God’s blessing on you and your families,
Vinnies Food Pantry
First Eucharist & Reconciliation
|Kindergarten||KD - Nicole D||KE - Skyrah M||KF - Amreet K||KM - Luke S|
|Year 1||1Co - Ranbeer S||1Cu - Alaak T||1MB - Kiaan A||1M - Sana D|
|Year 2||2B - Owen S||2H - Claire H||2K - Emily H||2TC - Maisie B|
|Year 3||3G - Bridget T||3Th - Luca B||3To - Benjamin E||3Z - Noah M|
|Year 4||4GB - Oscar Y||
4Rob - Noah P
|4Rou - Hannah P||4S - Tayla J|
|Year 5||5A - Elsie L||5CT - Sebastian A||5D - Jarrah C||5WO - Amelie R|
|Year 6||6K - Sienna L||6N - Abigail B||6Pa - Isabella S||6PO - Sapphira S|
Mr David Austin, Principal at Good Shepherd Catholic Primary School Amaroo, is participating in the 2021 annual Vinnies CEO Sleepout, to be held on Thursday 17 June at the National Arboretum.
The CEO Sleepout is an annual event to raise money for people experiencing homelessness or at risk of finding themselves without a safe place to call home. Every dollar we raise goes to Vinnies’ not-for profit services, which include food, accommodation, education, counselling, employment and health programs. David will be joining business, government and community leaders across Australia in sleeping out.
The goal is to ensure that Vinnies’ vital services can stay up and running – meeting the increasing demand due to COVID-19, job losses, sky-rocketing energy prices along with other social and economic pressures keep homelessness on the rise. David would greatly appreciate your support for this important cause. The Vinnies CEO Sleepout happens for just one night, but it raises vital funds to support people all year round. Please feel free to make a donation at https://www.ceosleepout.org.au/fundraisers/david-austin/canberra
If parents and carers need to collect their child throughout the course of the school day, prior notice should be given to your child's teacher. Parents/carers should email the teacher and request the student be sent to the front office at a nominated time.
Telephone calls from the school
If parents and carers miss answering a telephone call from the school, please take the time to listen to the voicemail left by a staff member, and then ring the school with the name of the person who left the message. The telephone number appearing on mobile phones is the school's office number, and the caller may be ringing from another location around the school. Staff will always leave a message if they are able to do so.
Parents and carers are requested to not get out of their cars and move the orange triangular safety cones that mark the pick-up line in the afternoons.
Parents and carers are requested to not drive up the wrong side of the road to access the first row of the carpark.
Have a great week.
Blessings, Anna, Helen, Sue and Steph.
Council Meeting | Tuesday 8th June 2021
On Tuesday 8th June 2021, we held our latest council meeting. Lots of great discussion was had about Team Kids, Winter Woollies, the school canteen and beginning the celebration planning for the 20 years of Good Shepherd in 2022.
The Community Council will be matching the financial donations from the students on Friday for our Winter Woollies day.
We will be meeting with our preferred canteen provider next week to discuss next steps. For the canteen to be operational, we will need the support of the Good Shepherd Community, so if you would like to help, please send an email to email@example.com with your contact details.
Congratulations to the 12 Good Shepherd students who have been selected for representative teams at both the Canberra Netball Association and the Belconnen Netball Association this year.
- Ema Louisa F
- Lexi R
- Charlotte W
- Dylan B
- Ella H
- Stephanie O
- Miranda C
- Baldeep K
- Sienna Y
- Sione E
- Jasmine R
- Audrey H
We wish all of these students all the very best of luck for their championship matches on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th of June.
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|
A routine task, especially a household one.
A tedious but necessary task.
I can hear the huffs and puffs from here, and that was just you dreading asking the kids again to do their chores.
It's always a tough one. Even the dictionary says chores are tedious.
Research says kids need love and work ethic to be happy and successful. So how do you get them to have work ethic when getting them to do chores makes everyone miserable?
What if, we said “can you help” out instead of “can you do your chores?" Because let’s face it you are a family and everyone should do their bit. Helping out also gives your child a sense of responsibility and participation.
Essentially, everyone in the home needs to help out to make the household run. Kids generally don’t mind being helpful, however, they certainly do mind doing ‘chores’.
Here is a list of age appropriate helping and you can find some good information at Raising Children.
We have had an increasing number of enquiries regarding lost property. It is vitally important to label all items of clothing.
When lost items make their way to the front office, staff send the items back to the classroom of the owner, which is why we do not have a large stock of lost property in the front office.
Please discuss with your children, the importance of taking responsibility of their own belongings, as well as not taking other peoples’ belongings home.