Every year, on the Fourth Sunday of Easter, we celebrate ‘Good Shepherd Sunday’. In the early Church, the figure of Jesus as the Good Shepherd was clearly an important image and was seen often in early Christian art. Last Sunday was ‘Good Shepherd Sunday’ and explains why we are celebrating our school feast day tomorrow.
In the Gospel reading last weekend, Jesus said “I am the good shepherd, and I know mine and mine know me.” Jesus not only says that He knows His sheep; He also says that His sheep know Him. The knowledge is mutual and the more we know Jesus, the more we trust and love Him.
As we celebrate our school feast day it is also good to reflect on our call to imitate the Good Shepherd. I naturally think of priests, religious and those called to work in Catholic education, but we are all called to shepherd our people: to know our people, to lead them, to feed them, and to love them.
I also think of parents and their vocation to exercise the functions of the Good Shepherd regarding their children. By virtue of being at ‘Good Shepherd School’, parents are called to be ‘a good shepherd’ in the environment where he or she lives: in the family, at work, at school, and in the community.
There are many opportunities to be ‘good shepherds’ in our school community - especially through works of mercy and compassion. One way we can do this is by providing an item of non-perishable food for the Vinnies Food Pantry. If you can support this and bring something in on Friday, that would be great.
Remember that we have Mass at 9:30am in the hall and a free sausage sandwich lunch for all students!
Enrolment time for 2022 is now upon us. If you have a little one ready for school in 2022, or you know of anyone interested in looking at our fantastic school for their children, please let them know that they can commence enrolment process now.
Catholic Education Enrolment Period is from this Monday 3 May 2021 to 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.
Our Open Days will be held this Monday 3 May (9:30-11am and 3:30-6pm) and Monday 17 May (9:30-11am and 3:30-6pm). We have already received a good number of enrolments.
Please spread the word.
Our Working Bee will be held tomorrow (Friday) commencing at 3:30pm until 6pm. Sausage sizzle and drinks will be provided and we encourage you to come along and give us a hand. We have soil to wheelbarrow, plants to plant, and mulch to spread - as well as a few other jobs in preparation for our Open Days.
Please come along and bring gloves, rakes, shovels, and wheel-barrows.
Unfortunately, I will be at a funeral tomorrow afternoon but am looking forward to the photos and the finished product.
Thanks so much in advance.
A mother is one of the two most important people in the life of a child, and in some situations, mum is the most important person. Commitment to our family is the greatest gift that we as parents can give our children, because such commitment will shape our children’s happiness and futures built.
We would like to invite all mums, grandmothers and family members to our Mother's Day breakfast next Friday 7th May from 7:30am. Please bring a gold coin and we will provide egg and bacon rolls, tea and coffee. Please come along, we would love you to join us!
Wishing God’s blessing on you and your families,
Good Shepherd/St Pius Prep Day
Friday 30th April
As at the start of Term 2, 2021, Good Shepherd rolled out a new student administration system. The first stage of the roll-out is for teachers to mark our school attendance records using this system.
What does this mean for parents and carers?
If a student arrives late to school, their guardian must sign them in at the front office. Two electronic device kiosks are now set up for adults to do this. School officially commences at 8:50am and your child's teacher can mark the roll at any time after 8:50am. If a student is absent when the roll is marked, they are considered late to school. A parent/carer must accompany their child to the front office to sign them via the kiosks. Teachers will not mark present any students that arrive after the roll has been closed. It is a legal requirement that parents/carers sign their child/ren in late.
For families who have court orders for the with-holding of confidential information, the existing sign-in/sign-out book will be used, and front office staff will amend the student’s attendance record. This is to protect the privacy and fulfil the legal obligations of orders we have been given. Similarly, if a student is collected by anyone other than their legal guardians (such as grandparents etc), the existing sign-in/sign-out book will be used.
If a student leaves school early, a parent/carer must have previously notified their teacher via email, and must visit the front office to sign their child out using the kiosks. The teacher will send the student to the front office at the requested time. It is important for parents/carers to notify teachers before school commences, because teachers may not view their emails throughout the day.
Reducing paper wastage
When a student is signed in or out using the kiosks, there will be no confirmation slip printed out to give to the teacher. This is in an effort to reduce paper wastage. Please be assured that when a student is signed in/out of the kiosks, the school attendance records are updated automatically.
Please contact the front office manager, Anna Klose should you have any questions regarding the sign in/sign out process.
|Kindergarten||KD - Benjamin C||KE - Pranshi S||KF - Luca D B||KM - Eve T|
|Year 1||1Co - Lachlan Mc P||1Cu - Alya R||1MB - Zara T||1M - Luka I|
|Year 2||2B - Zara M||2H - Olivia M||2K - Abbey P||2TC - Cade G|
|Year 3||3G - Ruben B||3Th - Eli A||3To - Ruhana S||3Z - William O'R|
|Year 4||4GB - Aiyana B||
4Rob - Alice S
|4Rou - Darcy L||4S - Tess R|
|Year 5||5A - Isla H||5CT - Ellyza A-D||5D - Joseph F||5WO - Hugo S|
|Year 6||6K - Benjamin A||6N - Grace H||6Pa - Shantala K||6PO - Cristiano S|
There are currently NO sports pants available in any sizes, so if your child/ren has had a growth spurt over the holidays, please consider donating your old uniforms to the clothing pool.
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|
|Staff Reps/Members||David Austin, Melinda Hall-O’Brien, Charlotte Fitzpatrick, Father Mark Croker|
Learning to live with change and loss
Change and loss are issues that affect all of us at some stage in our lives. At Good Shepherd we recognise that when changes occur in families through death, separation, divorce and related circumstances, young people who have experienced change and loss more than 6 months ago may benefit from learning how to manage these changes effectively.
We are therefore offering a very successful education program called Seasons for Growth which will commence in on 31 May (Week 7). This program is facilitated in small groups and is based on research which highlights the importance of social support and the need to practise new skills to cope effectively with change and loss. The program focuses on issues such as self-esteem, managing feelings, problem-solving, decision-making, effective communication and support networks.
Good Shepherd is pleased to be able to offer this important program and we are confident that it will be a valuable learning experience for those who request to be involved.
We will be holding an information session for parents and carers on Tuesday 11th May at 8:25am - 8:45am in the school library. If you would like to attend, please register by 10 May.
If you think your son or daughter would benefit from Seasons for Growth we would encourage you to talk to him/her about participating in the program and complete the Registration and Consent Form by 14 May.
If you require further information here is a helpful presentation or contact Terree Olive - Student Welfare Officer Terree.Olive @cg.catholic.edu.au.