Last weekend, the Church celebrated Good Shepherd Sunday and tomorrow we will celebrate our Feast Day - Good Shepherd Day! This year is a milestone for our school being our 20th anniversary. A reminder tomorrow that we will have a uniform free day for all students with a whole school Mass during the day, following with some fun activities in the afternoon. We will also have a sausage sizzle for the students. A reminder parents cannot attend school for these events.
Happy 20th birthday everyone! Our school has come a long way!
Year 6 Camp
I had the pleasure of joining our Year 6 students and teachers and our Wellbeing Officer Mrs Olive, at Year 6 Camp at Borambola Sport and Recreation near Wagga Wagga this week. A camp for these students has been a long time coming as both Year 4 and Year 5 were cancelled due to COVID. Our students were very excited!
The Year 6 cohort were outstanding, and I have no doubt that they all had a great time, learnt new skills, and overcame some challenges. Activities included archery, cooperative games, BMX riding and a ‘mud run’. Well done everyone!
A huge thanks to the staff who joined me - Mr Ben Kelly, Miss Jessica Manganaro, Ms Ana Manenica, Mr Keith Roberts and Mrs Terree Olive. I am sure they all slept well last night.
Congratulations to our Year 3 and 5 who complete NAPLAN testing today. A catch-up session is planned for tomorrow for any students who missed one this week.
Enrolment time for 2023
Just a reminder that we are midway through the Catholic School Enrolment period that closes on Friday 27th May. This includes St John Paul College, Merici College and St Francis Xavier College for our Year 6 families, and the Holy Spirit and Mother Teresa Early Learning Centres (ELCs) for our pre-schoolers. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or queries. Please let your friends and families know as places are filling fast.
Walk Safely To School Day
Next Friday, 20th of May, is National 'Walk Safely to School Day'. We encourage all students to walk to school this day (if you can). Imagine our carpark and pick-up if this happened! Please consider walking to school this day.
Wishing God’s blessing on you and your families,
Good Shepherd Feast Day – Friday 13th May
This Friday 13th May, we will be celebrating our patron, Jesus the Good Shepherd. This year is particularly special as it our 20th anniversary!
The school will celebrate Mass with Fr Mark and Fr Bernie, Holy Spirit’s current and founding priests, enjoy a sausage sizzle (gluten free and vegetarian options available) as well as other 20 years activities. Thank you in advance for Katrina from the parish, Good Shepherd volunteer parents, and TeamKids, who are helping with the sausage sizzle.
A reminder that students are encouraged to wear free uniform tomorrow, and to bring a gold coin to donate to our Global School Partner, St Pius Prep.
St Pius Preparatory newsletter
In the past, Good Shepherd had supported The School of Hope through Global School Partners. Unfortunately to due to COVID, The School of Hope closed.
St Pius Prep in Kenya is Good Shepherd's new Global School Partners school and who we are raising money for on our Good Shepherd Feast Day. Check out the latest news from St Pius Prep.
5th Week of Easter (Year A)
This Sunday's Gospel again comes from the Gospel of John. Like last week, today we hear words spoken by Jesus before his death and Resurrection. Jesus is teaching at the Last Supper.
John's Gospel does not present a sentimental view of love. This is a type of love that is shown in service and sacrifice. It is difficult to choose to love when faced with hatred and anger. Jesus tells the disciples that all will know that they are his disciples because of the love they show for one another. This description of the early Christian community will be repeated in the Acts of the Apostles: “See how they love one another.” Christian love is the hallmark of Christianity. We see it lived in the witness of the martyrs. We see it in the example of the lives of the saints. We see it in the holy women and men who live and love daily, making small and large sacrifices for others.
Jesus is inviting us to love in this way: the other's life is more important that mine. This is how we can love each other, by putting them first. Our family, friends, and with God's help, the ones we are angry with and find hard to forgive.
(Adapted from Loyola Press' Sunday Connection)
|Kindergarten||KD - Lachlan R||KF - Odette C||KH - Zayan S||KTC - Amelie G|
|Year 1||1L - Audrey K||1Mc - Lincoln G||1MB - Charlotte M||1P - Benjamin C|
|Year 2||2B - Navaj S||2C - Andres C A||2E - Alaak T||2K - Asher A|
|Year 3||3S - Matilda P||3Th - Ruby W||3To - Ashton S||3Z - Charlotte B|
|Year 4||4BP - Addison W||
4H - Mila T
|4R - Benjamin W||4S - Oliver P|
|Year 5||5CO - Grace B||5D - Mackenzie C-L||5R - Ajok D||5S - Peter F|
|Year 6||6K - Luca R||6MA - Mia B||6MJ - Eleni K||6R - Ololade A|
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, Christine Bibo|
|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 for children in Years 3 - 6, called Seasons for Growth which will commence in Week 7 on 6 June. 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.
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.
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.
If you would like your child to participate please complete the consent form here
I look forward to working with your children.
Terree Olive - Wellbeing Officer