North Canberra Cross Country
Tomorrow, many of our students will be representing our school at the North Canberra Gungahlin Cross Country carnival at Stromlo. We wish them all the best and thank the many staff and parents who will be assisting, as we are one of the schools coordinating this event.
School Satisfaction Survey 2021
In the coming weeks, we will be inviting students, teachers, and parents to provide feedback on their experience of our school using an online survey. The surveys are an important part of our whole school evaluation and planning process.
We would like to invite you to complete the Tell Them From Me (TTFM) Partners in Learning survey. As we value the role of parents and carers within our school community, we would greatly appreciate your feedback. The information you provide will be used to maintain our commitment to working together in partnership to further improve student learning and wellbeing at Good Shepherd Catholic Primary School.
The survey is anonymous and will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. You can access the parent survey on your computer or mobile device by using the URL below:
Principal Performance Review
In the next few weeks, Catholic Education will be conducting a ‘Principal Performance Review’ of my performance over the past five years as Principal at Good Shepherd. My five-year contract expires at the end of this year and this review will assist me in identifying my capabilities, knowledge and skills, identifying challenges facing the school and identifying leadership capability to enhance my effectiveness as Principal at Good Shepherd. Catholic Education Office provides a process for the review of all Principals’ performance towards the end of each contract period.
No, I am not planning on going anywhere…yet. A Principal's contract is for five years, and to extend this contract for another 5 years, I need to complete this review. The review will obviously assist me in my growth as a school leader noting key commendations and recommendations in the final report.
On Tuesday 15 June, a panel (Dr. Tony Bracken – Deputy Director; Dr. Bill Maiden -Former ACT Government Principal and former chair of the Teacher Quality Institute and Mr. Noel Hurley - Performance Improvement Leader at Catholic Education) will spend the day here meeting with me, interviewing some parents, staff, students and community members as part of this process. I thank the staff and parents who are involved for being part of this process.
Winter Woolies Day and CEO Sleepout
Our Winter Woollies Day will be held next Friday 11 June. Remember to come to school dressed in your winter woollies and to bring your donations and/or a gold coin for the Vinnies CEO Sleepout.
I received an email from Vinnies yesterday as part of the Vinnies Night Patrol (below). Your support would be greatly appreciated on Winter Woollies Day if you can provide blankets and/or sleeping bags too.
Firstly, we do not have any more sleeping bags or blankets currently. We are running a winter appeal for items that we need. I know most of you have noticed that the vans do not have blankets or sleeping bags at the moment. It is because we do not have any at the moment. Fingers crossed we are able to get some more during the winter appeal. I am also trying to source some blankets and/or sleeping bags from other community links so hopefully, that will work out.
As you may be aware, I am participating in the Vinnies CEO Sleepout on Thursday 17 June. This event has raised valuable funds and awareness for the homeless and vulnerable in our community. I will be participating and raising funds and awareness for homelessness in our city and proud that over the past four years have raised over $18,000.
Using only my warm clothes, a sleeping bag, and a couple of cardboard boxes outside at the Arboretum, I will simulate homelessness and raise money and awareness for this great cause.
The gold coins at the Winter Woollies Day will go towards my participation in the CEO Sleepout. For me, this is such an important event, because it gives people who are struggling access to key services and support that can help to break the cycle of homelessness in Australia.
Feel free to share my page with others:
Thank you for your support!
Official opening and blessing of building works
We are pleased to officially open our newly refurbished Jones and Ryan buildings in Years 3 and 2 (Jones Building) and in Years 4 and 5 (Ryan Building) including the construction of a new building to join both blocks together, next Thursday 12 June from 12pm in the school hall. The building renovations and construction cost over $4 million dollars. I acknowledge the Australian Government for exactly one million dollars of funding, along with financial support from our parent community and Catholic Education.
The opening will be conducted by Senator Zed Seselja and blessed by Archbishop Christopher Prowse.
Parents are most welcome to join us for the ceremony, which will take place in our hall commencing at 12pm. Light refreshments will be provided afterward. Parents must maintain social distancing and use the ‘Check-in CBR’ app if attending.
We are extremely proud of our classrooms, buildings and learning spaces. It will be great to officially bless and open these facilities for our students and generations to come.
Enrolments for 2022
Enrolment applications for Kinder 2022 have closed, however, if you know someone who is interested, please advise them to contact the school urgently. I am currently interviewing all our new students and their families, and offers will be sent soon.
From 2022 we will be officially ‘full’! We will have waiting lists at every year level and will have an expected enrolment of over 770 students (currently 750). This is an increase of nearly 20% in the past five years.
A big congratulations to Justin Burrows in Year 6, who has been selected to represent the ACT in the Little League Baseball championships in Lismore next week. Well done!
Wishing God’s blessing on you and your families,
Vinnies Food Pantry
Message from our Youth Minister - Paris Morris
Hello! For those of you who do not know me my name is Paris Morris, and I am the Youth Minister here at Good Shepherd. As well as being Youth Minister, I also work at the parish office. One of my main goals is to bring a greater connection between the school and the parish. One great way to do this is to invite our Good Shepherd students to our Youth Mass.
Youth Mass is on this Sunday (6th of June) from 5.30-6.30 at the Holy Spirit Church. Followed by Youth Group with a bonfire and food! Youth Group starts at 6.30 and finishes at 8.30 and is for students in Years 5-12. So, come along to the parish centre for a night of fun, food and faith.
Any questions please do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
First Eucharist & Reconciliation
Good Shepherd Primary School families are warmly invited to participate in Archdiocesan events taking place at St Christopher’s Manuka on Sunday 30th May to celebrate Marriage and Family Sunday and to launch the Year Amoris Laetitia Family announced by Pope Francis which will be celebrated in the Archdiocese until June 2022.
On Sunday 30th May you can participate in:
· Marriage & Family Sunday Mass with the Archbishop, 11am at St Christopher’s Cathedral or watch via https://www.catholicvoice.org.au/mass-online/
· A Marriage & Family Expo 12-1pm in the Haydon Hall, behind the Cathedral, including a free lunch and a launch by the Archbishop of the Year Amoris Laetitia Family
Register here for the Expo, Launch & free lunch 12-1pm http://bit.ly/mfsregistration
|Kindergarten||KD - Hamzah K||KE - Thomas K||KF - Sofia M||KM - Mason G|
|Year 1||1Co - Gayle M||1Cu - Oscar W||1MB - Lillie R||1M - Adeline C|
|Year 2||2B - Arianna S||2H - Celina S||2K - Lachlan T||2TC - Anthony K|
|Year 3||3G - Jonathan S||3Th - Spencer G||3To - Oliver P||3Z - Ananya T|
|Year 4||4GB - Gina P||
4Rob - Jackson B
|4Rou - Angelique F-V T||4S - Audrey O|
|Year 5||5A - Lucas B||5CT - Aarush R||5D - Shehnaz S||5WO - Bethany C|
|Year 6||6K - Audrey H||6N - Hayden E||6Pa - William O'B||6PO - Eli W|
Council Meeting | Tuesday 8th June 2021
Our next Council Meeting is on Tuesday 8th June 2021 starting at 6pm in the school's staff room. Everyone is welcome to join us for the first 30 minutes.
We always welcome feedback, so please email email@example.com 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|
School photos will be taken on Monday 7th June and Tuesday 8th June.
Order envelopes went home with every student on Tuesday 1 June. Please read carefully the instructions on how to order photos. Online ordering is preferred.
Parents who wish to order more than one set of individual photos can contact the front office for a Shoot Key.
Sibling envelopes are available at the front counter.
All students are to wear sports uniform on both Monday and Tuesday, and year 6 are to wear their Leadership shirts both days.
Please see below grid for the run sheet:
Ask a few parents about what they’re trying to achieve with discipline and you’ll hear A LOT of different ideas.
Take these for example:
- "I want to teach my kids right from wrong"
- "I need cooperation from them"
- "I want them to listen to me"
- "I just want some quiet!"
- "I’m trying to stop bad behaviour"
None of them are necessarily incorrect or wrong. Sometimes we do need quiet or cooperation. But whatever we think, none of us discipline our children wanting to hurt the relationship - and that’s a real risk if we go about it the wrong way.
The good news is that when you know how to discipline your kids without creating resentment or resistance, you’re a big step closer to a happier family.
And that’s what we’re diving into with our next Happy Families free webinar: The Do’s and Don’ts of Discipline.
In the webinar, I’ll be talking about:
- Why the centuries-old strategies we still cling to should be left in the past
- How we get discipline wrong and why
- The secret to perfect discipline (the secret is simple to learn, but hard in practice)
- Real-world examples of discipline that are as imperfect as you and your kids but still work
- Ideas for discipline that turn everything you thought you knew about the topic on its head
Ultimately, this webinar is about giving you a truckload of ideas about better discipline and more importantly, a new understanding of how vital this part of parenting is to a happy home.
The webinar is happening on Thursday, 10 June, at 8pm AEST. (That’s 6pm WA time, 7:30pm SA time, and 10pm NZ time.)
P.S. I don’t want to give too much away, but this webinar will spend as much time (and maybe more) talking about what we as parents can do to improve ourselves as it does looking at our kids. Join hundreds of other parents (and myself) on Thursday, 10th June for free.
FREE LIVE WEBINAR + RECORDING
THE DO'S AND DON'TS OF DISCIPLINE
THURSDAY 10th JUNE, 8pm AEST
6pm WA | 7.30pm SA | 10pm NZ
Good Shepherd adheres to the advice given by the Cancer Council ACT stating students can play outside without a hat in the months of June and July.
During these months, the UV levels drop below and remain below 3 all day. This means that children can safely play outside without hats on during recess and lunch.
Students are welcome to wear a navy beanie or the regular school hat during these months if they wish.
The Beginning of August is Hats ON Again For All of Us!
For more information please visit the Cancer Council ACT website.