Tonight, commencing at 5pm and continuing at 6:30pm in the Church, many of our Year 6 students and their families will gather to celebrate, pray, and support our Year 6 Confirmation candidates.
We pray in a special way for all those in our parish and our school who are to be confirmed tonight.
MOTHER’S (and Significant Mother figures) DAY TOMORROW!
We are really looking forward to celebrating Mother's Day tomorrow morning, commencing at 7:30am outside the school hall. We have bacon and egg rolls and tea and coffee available for all. Please bring a gold coin donation.
A reminder to please comply with COVID-19 regulations in maintaining social distancing and checking in to the ‘CBR App’ on entry.
We really hope all mums, grandmothers, and special mother figures have a special day this Sunday!
NAPLAN (National Assessment Programme for Literacy and Numeracy) is used to assess student achievement in literacy and numeracy. Students in all government, Catholic, and independent primary and high schools across Australia participate. Teachers use a range of assessments to build a picture of a child’s strengths and needs. NAPLAN contributes valuable information to this picture. The results of these tests tell you how your child is achieving in relation to other students across the country. Results are also used in setting school goals in literacy and numeracy.
Year 3 and 5 students will participate in NAPLAN assessments next week. Parents can access the NAPLAN Online Public demonstration site (nap.edu.au) so students can practice being familiar with the online tests. I also suggest parents have a look so they know the types of tests your child will participate in.
Please see the timetable below for their testing and please avoid interruptions during this time. Please ensure students are at school at times of testing unless they are ill. (It is important that students are here at school on time - 8:50am).
Good luck to the students involved and to the teachers overseeing and administering these nationwide tests.
Tuesday 11 May - Year 5 Writing (9-11am); Year 3 Writing 11:40am-1pm
Wednesday 12 May - Year 3 & 5 Reading (9-11am); Year 3 & 5 Conventions of Print (11:40am-1pm)
Thursday 13 May - Year 3 and 5 Numeracy (9-11 am)
Monday 17 May - Year 3 and 5 catch-up tests.
WORKING BEE THANKS
A huge thank you to the many parents, staff, and students who assisted in our Working Bee last Friday. It was a lovely afternoon working together, and we achieved a great deal including moving soil and mulch and planting new plants in our garden beds. Thank you to Mr. Brett King our grounds and maintenance officer for organising the afternoon. A big mention to Mrs. Vanessa Ross who, after realising we were short of plants and mulch, did this with her family on Sunday - picking up more mulch and emptying this into garden beds in the front of our school. She went above and beyond!
Thank you so much to all our helpers - it was greatly appreciated!
REPORTING - Semester 1 2021
Catholic Education has been reviewing the current school reports and reporting process and, from this semester, will be in a different format. Our teaching team has begun the process of creating each child’s Semester 1 2021 report.
In Semester 1:
For Kindergarten students:
- Achievement in each subject will be reported using a four-point scale (Well Above Expectations, Above Expectations, Meeting Expectations and Working Towards Expectations)
For Year 1 to Year 6 students:
- Academic grades for each subject using a five-point scale from A-E will be reported using the Australian Curriculum Achievement Standards
For all students:
- Strand Achievement will be reported in English, Mathematics, Humanities and Social Sciences, Health and Physical Education, and The Arts using a five-point scale (Excellent, High, Sound, Basic, Elementary);
- Engagement with Learning statements, which are taken directly from the Australian Curriculum, will provide specific information about your child’s Critical and Creative Thinking, and Personal and Social Responsibility, using a three-point scale (Beginning, Developing, Consistently); and
- Individual student comments will not be used in the Semester 1 Reports.
Dialogue is an important feature of reporting. The Semester Report in this format encourages parent engagement and conversation about student learning. We want the report to be the entry point for parent-teacher interviews where we can engage in a genuine conversation about your child’s strengths, challenges, effort, and areas for growth.
The new approach to Academic Reporting is a developing process. Further work will be undertaken in the coming months to determine how progress and achievement is best reported based on what we know to be important information about a student’s learning and progress.
SAFE PARKING IN JORGENSEN ST, MONCRIEFF
Please remember to park safely and legally when dropping off or collecting students around the school. Parents are encouraged to use streets around the school to reduce the number of vehicles accessing the school carpark during peak times, however, please make sure it is safe and doesn’t restrict access for other road users.
The ACT Government has received correspondence about cars blocking access at the bend on Jorgensen Street in Moncrieff (see below), especially around 3pm. If you use Jorgensen Street to collect students, park in a safe and legal location away from the solid centreline, which is provided to prevent motorists from parking on the bend.
When parking around the school please be mindful of our neighbours and help to create a safe environment for all road users, particularly the students.
ENROLMENT PERIOD FOR 2022
We had a very successful Open Day on Monday and have received many enrolment applications already… in only 3 days!
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 processes now.
Catholic Education Enrolment Period is open until 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 final Open Day will be held on Monday 17 May (9:30-11am and 3:30-6pm).
For Year 6 children enrolling in Systemic Secondary schools (St John Paul College, St Francis Xavier College, and Merici College) as well as the Parish ELCs at Mother Teresa and Holy Spirit, forms need to be completed by 28 May.
Please spread the word.
Wishing God’s blessing on you and your families,
Good Shepherd/St Pius Prep Day
|Kindergarten||KD - Clara Boer||KE - Arthur McH||KF - Jake T||KM - Amraaj V|
|Year 1||1Co - Aarna P||1Cu - Ethan G||1MB - William B||1M - Martin W|
|Year 2||2B - Zara R||2H - Leo B||2K - Prisha N||2TC - Hillary T|
|Year 3||3G - Steve J||3Th - Matthew G||3To - Gunntaz D||3Z - Harry P|
|Year 4||4GB - Ivy K||
4Rob - Sophia B
|4Rou - Hugh R||4S - Oscar B|
|Year 5||5A - Stevie L||5CT - Lachlan H||5D - Maira M||5WO - Olivia G|
|Year 6||6K - Clare B||6N - Luke J||6Pa - Pritish K||6PO - Tamanna G|
Late arrivals to school
Late last week a letter was sent home to parents/carers introducing our new Student Administration System, Compass. The same information was posted in last week's newsletter.
To reiterate, if a student arrives to school any time after 8:50am and the class teacher has already marked the roll, the student is considered late and must be signed in at the front office by a parent/carer. This is a legal requirement.
If students arrive to the front office without a parent/carer, a note will be sent home with them explaining that they arrived to school late.
Term 2 school fee statements were issued last week and are due by 21st May, unless a payment plan is in place.
If paying by credit card at the front office, parents/carers are reminded to bring their fee statement (printed on pink paper) with them. This expedites the payment process.
Have a lovely week. Anna, Helen, Sue and Steph.
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.