Message from the Assistant Principal
We had a very successful return to school this week for Kindergarten, Years 1-2 and Year 6 classes. On Monday the sun was shining as the red carpet treatment was rolled out for our returning students. There were smiles and laughter all around, particularly from the parents! We were lucky to have a visit by 'The Canberra Times' who captured the excitement, and we were included in the return to school article on the following day. Our teachers were thrilled to be back in person with their classes and routines were re-established with lots of emphasis on re-connection and wellbeing.
Thank you to parents for supporting the school and arranging pick up locations off site for your children. This has certainly assisted the students and school with a smooth departure at the end of the day.
We are looking forward to our whole school back on site for a full return to schooling in Week 5.
Tomorrow, 29th October, we celebrate World Teacher's Day in Australia. On your behalf we say thanks and acknowledge our teachers and staff who make Good Shepherd an incredible school for our students. If you have any spare time perhaps take a minute to send a word of thanks to one of our staff. I am sure they would appreciate the gesture :)
Wishing God’s blessing on you and your families,
FINAL reminder - Class allocations for 2022
During this term, we will be finalising our staffing arrangements for 2022. Below is a copy of the ‘Class Allocation Policy’ which aims to ensure there is a fair and just process in allocating students to classes for the upcoming school year.
My firm belief is that teachers are in the best position to decide a child’s placement because they know all the children in their classes and have a view of the ‘big picture’. However, I invite parents to inform me of anything that you feel needs to be considered, for your own child’s well-being or development.
As there are four streams of classes each year at Good Shepherd Primary School, there are different combinations of children in classes. When forming the class lists the following factors are taken into consideration:
- diverse Learners;
- work habits;
- cognitive ability;
- health considerations;
- religion (to assist in achieving balance between classes, especially in Sacramental years); and
- common names.
Ideally we aim for an equal spread of both positive and challenging characteristics. Where practical, parental requests based on educational concerns may be considered. At Good Shepherd, the staff and parents will follow these principles and guidelines when considering placement of students each year:
- every care will be taken to ensure that each child is placed in the best situation to enhance learning and social development;
- parents who wish to raise particular concerns regarding the placement of their children in particular classes, should put the concern in writing and email it to me (email@example.com) by Friday of Week 4 (Term 4- Friday 29 October);
- parent concerns will be considered during the process. It must be clearly understood, however, that no definite guarantees can be given regarding parental concerns;
- where appropriate, advice will be sought from the Classroom Support Teacher, School Counsellor, Chaplain and current class teacher during this process;
- considering all the factors listed above, the current class teachers compile class lists from mid-term, Term 4. These are then handed to me to confirm;
- children will be informed of their class placement for the following school year in December (usually the last week of school) and the opportunity will be provided for them to spend some time with their new class teacher. New students to the school for the following year are invited to attend; and
- Throughout this process, after appropriate consultation, I reserve the right to make final professional decisions regarding the placement of children.
Weekly Award Winners
KD - Tinashe M
|KE - Madeline-Rose M-B||KF - Deng C||KM - Luke S|
|Year 1||1Co - Aidan L||1Cu - William E||1MB - Andres C A||1M - Seannon B|
|Year 2||2B - Harry S||2H - Emma L||2K - Hayley C||2TC - Millae Z|
|Year 3||3G - Ruben B||3Th - Joanna J||3To - Rhys H||3Z - Emma K|
|Year 4||4GB - Brock W||
4Rob - Annabelle B
|4Rou - Lachlan H||4S - Jonathan A|
|Year 5||5A - Jasmine R||5CT - Daniel R||5D - Sienna Y||5WO - Audrey J|
|Year 6||6K - Patrick C||6N - Erica M||6Pa - James C||6PO - Campbell H|
First Reconciliation will be held for students during school hours next Tuesday 2nd November. Unfortunately due to Covid restrictions, no families can attend.
Good Shepherd students will be celebrating their First Eucharist on Friday 12th and Friday 19th November. Services will be held at 6pm and 7:15pm.
You will receive an email soon to book one of the Masses as well as 6 guests (including the candidate). You can also click on the link below book a Mass.
Step 1: Select preferred ceremony.
Step 2: Choose number of guests (max 6 guests including child).
Step 3: When adding guests to the booking please put your child as the 1st guest on the list.
Step 4: Booked by: Please put the name of the First Eucharist child in this space.
Please select a ceremony allocated to your school to ensure your child will be celebrating with their peers.
These ceremonies will be limited to a maximum of 100 people (including the children), to adhere to government restrictions.
Remembrance Day this year at Good Shepherd will look a little different. We will have a beautiful display in the school library. There will be a craft activity for every student at Good Shepherd to do at school or take home and complete with their families. There will be an educational power point provided to all teachers about Remembrance Day, and this resource includes activities they may want to complete with their classes.
Thank you to all those Good Shepherd families who have served and continue to serve. Lest We Forget.
20 Years Anniversary Cookbook - International recipes competition!
Thank you to all the families who entered a recipe into the 'International recipes' collection.
The winner of this section is Sohumn N in 4S with his Mutton Kosha - Slow-cooked, rich, Bengali mutton curry. We are looking forward to making this delicious recipe when the cookbook will become available next year.
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