Message from the Principal
Thank you for your continued support during this most challenging time as we make our way through the third week of lockdown with remote teaching and learning.
I wish to extend my enormous thanks to all parents, students, and staff for the collective effort in making online learning as successful as possible. I am extremely proud of our staff who have had to totally change the way they educate students, who have tussled with new technologies and platforms, who are continuing to build connections and relationships in a virtual world and who are dealing with the anxiety of many of our students. Some of our staff are doing this whilst supporting the learning of their own children. Teacher training doesn’t include ‘remote teaching’ and it doesn’t matter how much experience you have had teaching students, this is all new territory for us all. I am very proud of their efforts thus far and appreciate the support we have received.
The way students have moved back to online learning and are engaging with their fellow classmates and staff is very pleasing to see.
Rest of Term 3
As you may be aware, the current lockdown in the ACT has been extended until Friday 17th September. ACT schools will continue with online learning, with no return to face-to-face learning occurring this term. In relation to Term 4, Good Shepherd will continue to be guided by ACT Health guidelines, and information regarding Term 4 will be provided to our community in due course, with ACT Health providing further guidance in the first week of the upcoming term break.
We are mindful that in most households, parents are also working from home with their children. Please be assured that all families have our support as you continue to strive to find the harmony between rich, rigorous, and stimulating online learning whilst not becoming overwhelmed with the at-times challenging learning and working environment.
Unfortunately, the Delta variant of COVID-19 seems to spread easily among children and young people, as has been evident in the recent outbreaks in both NSW and the ACT, resulting in both direct and indirect impacts on schools. Just some reminders please:
- no parents are to enter the school buildings at any time (including TeamKids);
- we have a skeleton staff at school each day. This is to ensure that we keep staff safe, limit numbers at school and ensure we strategically know which staff are ‘rostered on’ and accessing the site. This is in case staff must isolate for 14 days and other staff can then attend school;
- we are strongly encouraging all students to stay off site and work from home. As mentioned, we only have a small number of staff on site each day during the lockdown period to prioritise the health and safety of our students and staff. Statistically, this strand of the virus is affecting our young people in Gungahlin and is highly contagious. Please continue to keep students away from school unless you are an essential worker. We are available on site for families who are essential workers and/or for students how are vulnerable only.
Information for parents regarding payment of Term 3 fees
Catholic Education will again support families who have been financially impacted as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in Term 3. The position of Catholic Education is that no child will be denied a Catholic education because of financial circumstances.
Where your family is experiencing financial stress due to job loss, being stood down, reduction in work hours, business downturn or closure resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, full or partial fee relief is available for Term 3. To apply for fee relief, please contact email@example.com. Your level of fee support will be confirmed as soon as possible.
Families whose employment situation has not been affected by COVID-19 can support the school by continuing to pay school fees as they fall due. This will support our school to continue providing quality learning in a connected community that nurtures and cares for each other.
Your family is an important part of our school community. Your financial circumstances will not compromise the place of your children at our school. If you are experiencing any difficulties, I will confidentially ensure your child is not disadvantaged.
We wish all fathers, grandfathers, stepfathers and father figures a great day this Sunday. Unfortunately, we cannot distribute the Father's Day gifts due to the current lockdown, but will do so as soon as we are possibly able. Thanks for your understanding.
Have a great day, Dads!
Wishing God's blessing on you and your families,
Weekly Award Winners
KD - Naysha D
|KE - Alyssa A||KF - Henry M||KM - Shivaansh S|
|Year 1||1Co - Miles J-A||1Cu - Isabella G||1MB - Sebastian C||1M - Gulnaaz G|
|Year 2||2B - Maddison C||2H - Rachel F P||2K - Ayman R||2TC - Hamish Mc|
|Year 3||3G - Hirdhay G||3Th - Oliver T||3To - Gunkeerat D||3Z - Billy P|
|Year 4||4GB - Lyla R||
4Rob - Cloe S
|4Rou - Madison R||4S - Aurora F|
|Year 5||5A - Lucas V C||5CT - Lachlan H||5D - Riley P||5WO - Maxwell A|
|Year 6||6K - Ella H||6N - Grace H||6Pa - Parneet V||6PO - Angelina B|
A big thank you to all the students who were planning on participating in the Mini Vinnies Sleepout. Many students conducted their own sleepout at home and continued to raise funds. If you would still like to donate, you can do so using the QKR app. Go to the ‘Fundraising/Charity’ heading in the School Payments section. Any donations will much appreciated, although, there is no expectation.
Holy Spirit Masses
Our community is warmly invited to join in Mass services during lock down via the zoom link on the Pocket Parish app.
This is especially important for those students who are preparing for upcoming Sacraments.
20 Years Anniversary Cookbook - cake time!
Enter your cake recipes and you might win a prize!
Please enter your cake recipe before 7th September to receive an entry for the prize draw!
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