Thank you again for your support with the annual CEO Sleepout. Personally, I raised just shy of $13,000 and was part of the Catholic Education team that raised over $46,000. Altogether, the ACT raised over $1 million which is just a great achievement. Thank you again for your generous support!
The Vinnies CEO Sleepout raises money for crisis accommodation, food, healthcare, counselling, education, employment, and support to find a permanent home for hundreds of people here in Canberra. I joined over one hundred business, government and community leaders to sleep out on one of the longest and coldest nights of the year, gaining just a small glimpse into the daily reality for tens of thousands of Australians.
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. Homelessness is a complex issue that cannot be solved with simplistic, short-term solutions. It affects people of all ages and backgrounds who find themselves without a safe and stable place to live; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as well as recent migrants are disproportionately affected. 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 or family, or in overcrowded, temporary, or unsuitable accommodation or caravan parks.
Last Thursday night commenced at 6pm at the Arboretum where we were greeted, given a cup of soup and bread roll, and participated in some activities that highlighted the role Vinnies plays here in Canberra. We heard from people who have experienced homelessness, people who assist as well as leaders at Vinnies, about the huge role the society plays.
Sleep time was to grab two pieces of cardboard and head outside to find a spot. I ended up in the herb garden of the Arboretum and all I had was my clothes, a sleeping bag, and a pillow. The coldness wasn’t the issue, it was more challenging sleeping on hard cold concrete with only a piece of cardboard for cushioning.
I was ‘awoken’ at 4am by a noise of scratching on the ground near my face and quickly saw two eyes of a possum staring right at me! That got me wide awake and up for the day! All were woken at 5am, served breakfast at 5:15am, and on our way by 5:30am.
We will be having our own student sleepout next term for students in Years 4, 5 and 6 (numbers limited). More information will follow soon.
Semester 1 Reports
I hope that you found your child’s Semester One Report beneficial in providing information related to their learning and progress at school. Thank you for working in partnership to support your child’s education. This partnership between home and school will be healthy and enhance our children's learning if it is fostered in a positive way. Please keep in touch with us and don't hesitate to contact your child's teacher if there is a need throughout the next semester.
School uniform reminders
With the holidays approaching, it is a good time to get all uniform requirements ready for the start of Term 3. School uniform seems to be a constant battle recently. We are persistently reminding students at school that they must wear the correct uniform to school. We need parental support in ensuring we follow Catholic Education Uniform guidelines and School Uniform Policy. Some reminders please:
- Navy jackets only;
- Navy or black scarves, turbans, gloves, and beanies only;
- A Good Shepherd Schoolbag;
- Correct school shoes (black leather school shoes and predominantly white sports shoes);
- No mixing uniform i.e sport jacket with normal uniform;
- Winter uniform only - no shorts!
Please support us by ensuring the students wear the correct uniform to school. Thank you.
A letter is attached reminding all about uniform requirements. Thanks for your support and understanding.
Enjoy the holidays!
As we are nearing the end of Term 2, I want thank our parents for all you do for the children at school. Thank you for your support of us and your children during this time.
To our very dedicated and wonderful staff, on behalf of all, thank you for your work, care, and interest in our children. How fortunate we are in having a group of dedicated professionals who contribute so much to Good Shepherd.
Thank you for a wonderful term. I wish you and your children an enjoyable winter break.
Pupil Free Day
Please remember that the first day of Term 3, Monday 12th July 2021, is a pupil free day. Students are not to attend school on this day. School will resume on Tuesday 13th July for all students.
Wishing God’s blessing on you and your families this holiday,
2 Huleatt were the Class Collectors for Week 9 and Kinder De Boni were again the Good Shepherd Class Collectors for Week 10. Overall, the school donated over 600 items in the last two weeks! A huge effort!
|Kindergarten||KD - Luca V||KE - Calvin M||KF - Charlie A||KM - Aayan P|
|Year 1||1Co - Inioluwa O||1Cu - Isabella G||1MB - Delilah W||1M - William L|
|Year 2||2B - Miriam J||2H - Alyrah R||2K - Lachlan W||2TC - Adhieu C|
|Year 3||3G - Jodh S||3Th - Hal R||3To - Eliza M||3Z - Ji-Ni C|
|Year 4||4GB - Poppy S||
4Rob - Levi R
|4Rou - Vivaan P||4S - Lilly-Anne T|
|Year 5||5A - Thomas T||5CT - Kai S||5D - Chloe B||5WO - Hugo S|
|Year 6||6K - Tahneeka H||6N - Lincoln A||6Pa - Matilda P||6PO - Karan S|
Have a safe and Happy winter Holiday and if you need assistance from Defence please call DCO on the helpline number
Healthy Eating on the Run – Registrations are open
Eating and preparing food has always bought communities together but sometimes when your partner is away and the kids are cranky, it can seem more like a chore.
Join us for a workshop with Nutrition ACT to make a quick, nutritious and tasty 2 course meal that the whole family will love. We will even give you tips on how to use a base recipe to make a number of different meal options. This is a hands on workshop where you will get to prepare the food and then sit together and enjoy the meal. There are a limited number of tickets available. Children are welcome but must be supervised by a parent at all times
This event will be held on Thursday 15 July from 11.30am – 1.30pm. Click here to register.
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 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|
Term 3 sports days are as follows:
Kindergarten: Monday and Thursday
Year 1: Currently Wednesday and Friday but subject to change due to tennis clinic timetable
Year 2: Monday and to be advised due to tennis clinic timetable
Year 3: Monday and Wednesday
Year 4: Monday and Wednesday
Year 5: Tuesday and Friday
Year 6: Tuesday and Friday
As a reminder, sports uniforms are to be worn on these days only.
5 social media safety tips for parents
Social media has many benefits, especially in these times where we may be disconnected from family or friends. However, for many of us parents we don’t know how to protect our children in this unknown domain. It is natural to worry that your child may run into trouble or have a negative experience online and then what do you about it?
Here are some tips and websites to help you guide your children to responsible Social Media use.
- Understand the applications and social media sites your child is using
- Set rules for your child’s social media use
- Teach your child about sharing information responsibly
- Ensure your child understands the implications of their online behaviours
- Help your child to deal with cyberbullying
Snapchat and Instagram - what you need to know
Here is a parent guide to Snapchat & Instagram
You can find further information about social media safety on the following websites:
Good Shepherd Primary School will have 12 students playing in the ACT Netball Junior Championships this weekend, with a number of students selected for representative teams at both Canberra Netball Association and Belconnen Netball Association earlier this year. ACT Championships is the culmination of the representative season. We wish the following students all the best of luck in their weekend-long championship matches this Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th of June.
Canberra Netball Association:
. Dylan B GSNC
. Miranda C GSNC
. Ema Louisa F GSNC
. Ella H GSNC
. Baldeep K INNC
. Stephanie O GSNC
. Lexi R GSNC
. Charlotte W GSNC
. Sienna Y INNC
Belconnen Netball Association:
. Sione E GSNC
. Audrey H GSNC
. Jasmine R GSNC