Every night, thousands of Australians experience homelessness. But it doesn’t have to be this way.
As you know, I’m taking part in my fourth Vinnies CEO Sleepout tonight to raise money for the St Vincent de Paul Society. These funds will support Australians in need.
Tonight, from 6pm, I’ll be sleeping outside the National Arboretum as part of an eye-opening experience to raise awareness and bring home the realities of homelessness.
More than 116,000 people in Australia don’t have a safe and secure place to live, including an increasing number of young people and older women.
Of those people experiencing homelessness in Australia, around 8,200 ‘sleep rough’ in improvised dwellings, tents or outdoors. But the majority of people facing homelessness are living in cars, on the couches of friends and family, or in overcrowded, temporary or unstable accommodation or caravan parks.
A huge thank you for your generous support of my participation tonight - the gold coin donation last Friday raised over $1,600 and the Community Council are matching this. Thank you so much.
I will post updates on social media tonight. I am only allowed sleeping bag, pillow and warm clothes. I will be given a few sheets of cardboard to improvise shelter or bedding.
I will keep you updated and if you feel free to throw a few dollars: https://www.ceosleepout.org.au/fundraisers/david-austin/canberra
School Opening and Blessing
We were pleased to officially open our new refurbished buildings in Year 3, 4 and 5 last Thursday. We acknowledged the Australian Government for a million dollars of funding, along with financial support from our parent community and Catholic Education. A huge thank you to our many parents who attended and to our school choir for their outstanding performance. It was a special occasion, and we were very pleased to have these classrooms and learning spaces officially blessed by Archbishop Christopher Prowse.
Reports home tomorrow
This Friday each student will bring home their Semester 1 report. This is a real celebration of the achievements your child has made over the past two terms.
Please remember to read your child’s grades, social skills and work habits as a whole. Your child will be achieving at a different rate to other students and that your reaction to their report and your subsequent discussions with them are crucial to your child establishing a positive and constructive ‘ongoing’ approach to learning and social development. I encourage you to find the right time to sit with your child and spend some quality time discussing all aspects of their work.
The reports distributed this week have been prepared in line with the school’s Assessment and Reporting policy and the Australian Government funding requirements and associated legislative regulations. The teachers have worked extremely hard throughout the year to ensure assessment strategies are implemented to develop clear and fair assessment tasks; to make consistent and reliable judgements about a student’s work; to ensure effective, explicit teaching has occurred and that assessments are placed within those parameters; to ensure that the assessment process is known by the students prior to being conducted; and that assessment data is utilised to inform teaching and learning programs.
You are welcome to contact your child’s teacher by email, to book in a time for next week to discuss your child's report.
Kindergarten 2021 enrolment interviews
Over the past few weeks, we have been interviewing the parents of our 2021 Kindergarten intake. I have been meeting the first-time Good Shepherd families, and Leadership Team members have been interviewing our current families. With my office carrying a distinctly early childhood feel – things to count, new colour pencils and toys to play with, I have thoroughly enjoyed this rather pleasant task!
The interviews to date have reinforced the notion that the decision of where to send our children to school receives a lot of thought and consideration. This is particularly so when it concerns the family’s eldest child. From conversations we've had, there is no doubt that it is also a very exciting time in their lives.
We are officially ‘full’ for Kindergarten next year - in fact, we are full in every other year level too. If you are planning on leaving Good Shepherd at the end of 2021 (Year 6 exempt), could you please let me know as soon as you can. We have over 50 on our waiting list!
Term 3 dates
A reminder the first day of Term 3 is Tuesday 13th July.
Monday 12th July is a pupil free day to support staff with professional learning on our Catholic Education Catalyst journey. Please ensure you have arranged for your child as there will be no supervision of students at school on this day.
Wishing God’s blessing on you and your families,
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
Thank you to all families for your amazing donations in the form of gold coins and material donations. The Vinnies staff were blown away by the generosity of the Good Shepherd families, they almost didn't fit all the donations in the van!
Thank you also to the wonderful parent volunteers who did an amazing job with the barbecue and sausage sizzle for the kids! Many hands make light work!
Vinnies Food Pantry
Kinder De Boni were the Good Shepherd Class Collectors for Week 8. Congratulations on your efforts!
First Eucharist & Reconciliation
A reminder that Commitment Masses are this weekend:
Saturday at 5pm or Sunday at 8am, 9:30am or 5pm.
Please remember to bring your enrolment forms to the Church together with a copy of your child's Baptism certificate and prayer card.
|Kindergarten||KD - Aalvia A E||KE - Ellora T-B||KF - Ella D||KM - Darryl B|
|Year 1||1Co - Annika S||1Cu - Dylan S||1MB - Harley A||1M - Matilda S|
|Year 2||2B - Kwame A-T||2H - Hana L||2K - Ashlea L||2TC - Braxton T|
|Year 3||3G - Mehtab S||3Th - Oliver P||3To - Eliza M||3Z - Thenuk S|
|Year 4||4GB - Grace K||
4Rob - Jackson O
|4Rou - Peter F||4S - Fabian T|
|Year 5||5A - Adele W-F||5CT - Zhenya M||5D - Riley P||5WO - Rose McR|
|Year 6||6K - Tahlia V||6N - Mikayla W||6Pa - Aiden K||6PO - Addisyn T|
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.
How much and how do you manage it?
The holidays are nearly here and the kids think a good holiday is one spent on the iPad or playing with their friends on the PS4 or XBox, right?
As a parent it can be stressful trying to balance your children's needs and wants in the holidays with doing the right thing so that they don't become digital zombies.
Like most things that are good, balance is the key. Screen time can be part of a healthy lifestyle when it’s balanced with other activities that are good for school-age development.
Having everyone on the same page at home when setting the balance for screen time is essential. To take some of the arguing out of when enough is enough you can set family rules together.
Dear parents and carers
Do you feel fully prepared to support your child with online technology?
If your child is online playing Roblox or other games do you feel confident that your child is safe?
Are you worried about your personal data when your child is online?
Don't miss the parent evening -
Monday 19th July
Ryan building - Year 6 break out space
ThinkUKnow Australia provides a balanced perspective of technology, providing information on both its benefits and its challenges.
Topics included within the presentation are specifically aimed at educating and increasing awareness about online child sexual exploitation including avoiding inappropriate contact, online grooming, self-generated content, sexual extortion and how to get help.
More information on the program is available at ‘Our Program’
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|
Education Liaison Officer
Defence Community Organisation – Canberra Office
Note – on 1 July changing to Defence Member and Family Support (DMFS) Branch
Please contact Becky through the DCO helpline.
Defence Family Helpline 1800 624 608
Feel like a night off from cooking and doing the dishes? Well this is the event for you!
You are invited to join other Defence Families from Holy Spirit, Good Shepherd, Mother Teresa and St John Paul II College for dinner.