At time of writing we have over 100 active cases of COVID-19 in Canberra, and it has continued to keep our city and surrounds at a standstill. The lockdown is affecting us all, particularly with schooling, and I understand how challenging it is for our children, parents and staff. Please continue to stay safe, look after yourselves and be positive - our students can sense our anxiety. We continue to pray for a swift end to the pandemic across the world.
I wanted to share with you something that crossed my desk this week… written by a fellow Principal in the Blacktown LGA, after hearing news that the lockdown there is extended. It is thought-provoking and does put things into perspective. Please do not hesitate to contact me or your child’s teacher if you need to chat about teaching and learning and student well-being in this challenging time. We will get there!
You might be inclined to create a minute-by-minute schedule for your kids. You have high hopes of hours of learning, including online activities, science experiments, and book reports. You’ll limit technology until everything is done! But here’s the thing….
Our kids are just as scared as we are right now. Our kids not only hear everything that is going on around them, but they feel our constant tension and anxiety. They have never experienced anything like this before. Although the idea of being off school for weeks sounds awesome, they are probably picturing a fun time like summer break, not the reality of being trapped at home and not seeing their friends.
What kids need right now is to feel comforted and loved. To feel like it’s all going to be ok. And that might mean that you tear up your perfect schedule and love on your kids a bit more. Play outside and go on walks. Bake cookies and paint pictures. Play board games and watch movies. Do a science experiment together or find virtual field trips at the zoo. Start a book and read together as a family. Snuggle under warm blankets and do nothing.
Don’t worry about them regressing in school. Every single kid is in this boat and they all will be ok. When we are back in the classroom, we will of course correct and meet them where they are. Teachers are experts at this! Don’t pick fights with your kids because they don’t want to do Maths. Don’t scream at your kids for not following the schedule. Don’t mandate 2 hours of learning time if they are resisting it.
If I can leave you with one thing, it is this: at the end of all this, your kids' mental health will be more important than their academic skills. And how they felt during this time will stay with them long after the memory of what they did during those weeks is long gone. So keep that in mind, every single day.
Just a reminder that due to the current lockdown in the territory we are strongly encouraging all students to stay off site and work from home. As a school, we have asked staff (if they are able) to work remotely. As a result, only a small number of staff will be on site each day during the lockdown period to support our students and to prioritise the health and safety of our students and staff. We are grateful to our staff for their flexibility and dedication to student learning and wellbeing during these most challenging of circumstances.
Please remember the onsite supervision is for students who are:
- vulnerable and/or
- their parents/carers are essential workers and/or
- they cannot learn from home.
The purpose of this territory-wide lockdown is to minimise the mingling of people from various areas, to thus reduce transmission of infection.
We have had several students who have said they are attending, and not turning up. Students are also arriving at school without prior contact from parents. Please let the school know (by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org) if you wish your child to attend campus, or whether you have changed your plans and they are not attending. This greatly assists us with our class rolls, organising devices and logins for attending students, and for adequate staff numbers for supervision. Thanks for your support with this.
Wishing God’s blessings on you and your families,
Due to the COVID-19 lockdown, we are not collecting food items during this time.
The Mini Vinnies sleepout has also been cancelled.
Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Eucharist
Due to the lockdown, all sacraments have been postponed.
When new details are confirmed, information will be sent out and updated in newsletter.
Please continue to attend mass services via the zoom link on the Pocket Parish app.
One positive of lockdown is that families are enjoying spending more time with each other. This is a great opportunity to prepare a sacred space and gather in prayer.
Take time to reflect on the blessings and special gifts in your life and share these with each other.
|Kindergarten||KD - Ryan S||KE - Audrey M||KF - Amreet K||KM - Lochan K|
|Year 1||1Co - Matilda H||1Cu - Atticus H||1MB - Alice C||1M - Kalix A|
|Year 2||2B - Joshua D||2H - Cooper C||2K - Lachlan T||2TC - Milla J|
|Year 3||3G - Mia W-F||3Th - Benjamin W||3To - Nicholas M||3Z - Milucia K|
|Year 4||4GB - Emmeline B||
4Rob - Charlie J
|4Rou - Jack C||4S - Sohumm N|
|Year 5||5A - Marcus V||5CT - Casey L||5D - Joey F||5WO - Ananya S|
|Year 6||6K - Clare B||6N - Sam P||6Pa - Luke C||6PO - Leia M|
Defence Member and Family Support, or DMFS (formerly known as the Defence Community Organisation) is an integral part of the Department of Defence. Since 1 July 1996, we have been working with Defence members and families and community organisations to develop and implement programs and services of value that reinforce the Australian Defence force (ADF) appreciation for, and commitment to, military families.
We recognise that the strength of the ADF is in the family and the strength of the family is in the community. Our experienced staff understand the military way of life. We are here to listen, consult and help Defence members balance the demands of service life and the needs of their family. Strong families, strong communities, strong Defence.
Our programs and services are designed to facilitate family resilience and strong and informed communities. They also contribute to retention and Defence capability by offering support to Defence members and their families through their service, transition, and beyond.
To access any of our programs or support services, contact the all-hours Defence Member and Family Helpline on 1800 624 608.
Seeking super soup recipes!
Thanks to Simone Woods who has shared her chicken and corn soup and Rachel De Boni for her lamb shank and pasta soup recipe - we can't wait to make these!
What soup recipe is your family favourite?
We would love you to contribute this with our school cookbook for our 2022 Good Shepherd 20 years anniversary.
We look forward to your culinary contributions.
BOOK CLUB ORDERS - DUE FRIDAY 27th AUGUST AT 12PM
This issue of the Book Club is available online. There are two options for delivery: to school or to home. Delivery to home will be an extra $7.50 or Mrs Aitken will arrange a drive through pick up for your orders when they arrive.
Please submit your order online by Friday 27/8/21 by 12pm sharp.
Catalogue: Book Club Issue 6