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Health Alert - Chickenpox

Dear parents and carers of students at Good Shepherd Catholic School

Please be advised that a child in Year 6 has a confirmed case of chickenpox.  

Please see:  https://health.act.gov.au/sites/default/files/2018-10/Chickenpox.pdf  for further information.

Pease seek medical attention if you suspect your child to have signs or symptoms.

Graduation Housekeeping Final

Dear Parents and Carers,

Please read the following letter.

Graduation housekeeping final

Regards,
The Year 6 Teachers

Kids Helpline Presentation

To assist our students in the transition to High School Kids Helpline are presenting an online session to our Year 6 students Friday 10 December.

The kids Helpline Counsellor will discuss coping with change and strengthening essential skills required for the change to High school.

Students will learn:

  • How to share and normalise common worries/concerns
  • How to prepare for High School
  • Strategies for making friends
  • What to expect on their first day

If you DO NOT want your child to participate in this session please notify your childs teacher.

Terree Olive

Stuedent Welfare Officer

Christmas Costume Day - Friday 10th December

On Friday 10th December (Week 10), Good Shepherd will be celebrating 'Christmas Costume Day'. Students are invited to dress up in their favourite Christmas gear and donate a gold coin for Vinnies to purchase hampers for families at Christmas. You could come as Santa, an elf, Mary, Joseph or the donkey, a candy cane, or even a reindeer. You are limited only by your imagination!

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Health Alert - Chickenpox

Dear parents and carers of students at Good Shepherd Catholic School

Please be advised that a child in Year 5 has a confirmed case of chickenpox.  

Please see:  https://health.act.gov.au/sites/default/files/2018-10/Chickenpox.pdf  for further information.

Pease seek medical attention if you suspect your child to have signs or symptoms.

Moving from primary to high school - What you need to know

The move into high school is considered one of the five most important transitions for young people. It’s an exciting and sometimes scary time for adolescents, and coincides with significant physical, cognitive, emotional, psychosocial developmental changes.

 Most children can’t wait to move from the security and familiarity of their primary schools to a new and challenging environment with many more educational offerings and social opportunities.  

Transition to high school is challenging and can affect a young person’s social, emotional and academic outcomes both while at school and beyond.  

What do young people going into high school worry about?  

Starting high school raises all kinds of concerns for young people including:  

  • being bullied  
  • losing old friends  
  • making new friends  
  • not finding their way around school campus  
  • rules and discipline  
  • getting on with their teachers  
  • homework and academic expectations  
  • older kids.  

What can parents do?  

Sometimes parents feel that they have little influence in the lives of their children, but research has shown that support from peers, teachers and parents in critical in shaping the experiences and outcomes of young people during this often turbulent time. Just as children feel that high schools are large and impersonal environments, parents can also sometimes feel isolated and uncomfortable, reluctant to be involved with the school. This can lead to worries about the safety and wellbeing of their recently enrolled high-schooler. 

It’s essential that parents and schools work together to develop a shared understanding of wellbeing and ways to address key concerns such as bullying and harassment.  

The most important element in adjusting to high school is a young person’s sense of belonging and their social and emotional health – their wellbeing.  

Supporting your child  

Try these tips for supporting your child’s successful transition to high school.  

  • Prepare your child for what to expect at high school – organise school visits, uniform and books, and meeting new classmates before school begins  
  • Be open about your feelings and concerns and encourage your child to share theirs.  
  • Talk to other parents in the same situation.  
  • Your child may not be as communicative as usual but be open to a chat when they need it. 
  • Encourage new school friends to visit at home.  
  • Make connections with teachers and engage in school events and activities. 

Success at Secondary School is a guide by parents for parents to support you and your child transition to High School.

I trust this information from Education Services Australia and the Council of Catholic School Parents NSW/ACT is helpful as your children commence their next adventure. If you have any questions or queries, please feel free to contact me.

Terree Olive

Student Welfare Officer

Good Shepherd Catholic School

99 Burdekin Avenue, Amaroo 2914.

Ph: 02 6255 7888

Terree.Olive@cg.catholic.edu.au

Health Alert - Chickenpox

Dear parents and carers of students at Good Shepherd Catholic School

Please be advised that a child in Year 2 has a confirmed case of chickenpox.  

Please see:  https://health.act.gov.au/sites/default/files/2018-10/Chickenpox.pdf  for further information.

Pease seek medical attention if you suspect your child to have signs or symptoms.

COVID update

Dear Community,

COVID-19 exposure at Holy Spirit Church, Amaroo

As detailed yesterday, ACT Health has confirmed a COVID-19 case attended Holy Spirit Parish Church while unknowingly infectious during the First Eucharist ceremony on:

  • Friday 19 November from 6.00 pm – 7.17 pm.

ACT Health has completed its risk assessment in relation to this.

All affected staff, parents and students who have been identified as close contacts from exposure in the church have been contacted directly by ACT Health. If you have been contacted, please follow the advice provided to you by ACT Health in relation to quarantine and testing requirements.

If you and your family attended the First Eucharist ceremony and did not sign in using the Check In CBR app you will need to contact ACT Health directly on 6207 7244 to let them know about your attendance at the ceremony. You will need to follow all advice provided to you by ACT Health.

If you, or your child, have not been contacted as you did not attend the ceremony, you do not need to stay at home and you can undertake your usual activities. 

Further information, advice, and resources are available on the ACT COVID-19 website. You can also access frequently asked questions for schools.

If you have any further questions, please contact ACT Health on 6207 7244. 

ACT Health will continue to work closely with Holy Spirit Parish, our school and the Catholic Education Office to provide regular updates and support to children, staff and visitors affected by this outcome.

Yours sincerely,

David Austin
Principal

Health Alert - Impetigo

Dear parents and carers of students at Good Shepherd Catholic School

Please be advised that a child in Kindergarten has a confirmed case of Impetigo (school sores). 

Please see: https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/conditionsandtreatments/impetigo-school-sores for further information.

Please seek medical attention if you suspect your child to have signs or symptoms.  

Important information regarding COVID exposure site at Parish

Dear %%first_name%%,

COVID-19 exposure at Holy Spirit Church, Amaroo

ACT Health has confirmed that a COVID-19 case attended Holy Spirit Parish Church while unknowingly infectious during the Good Shepherd First Eucharist ceremony on:

  • Friday 19 November from 5:30pm – 7.15 pm. 

ACT Health is conducting a risk assessment and contact tracing to determine which people in the church during this time are classified as having had an exposure and to provide further instruction.

In the interim, while this risk assessment is undertaken, anyone who attended the church on Friday 19 November from 5:30pm – 7.15 pm should stay home until further advice is provided by ACT Health.

ACT Health will provide a further update to the school community within the next day to advise when the risk assessment has been completed.

Further information, advice, and resources are available on the ACT COVID-19 website.

If you have any further questions, please contact ACT Health on 6207 7244.

ACT Health will continue to work closely with the Parish, our school and the Catholic Education Office to provide regular updates and support to children, staff and visitors affected by this outcome.

Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Do not hesitate to contact me if you have any concerns at this time, david.austin@cg.catholic.edu.au.

Stay safe and healthy.

Yours sincerely, 

David Austin

Principal