Dear parents and carers
Welcome back after what I hope has been some enjoyable time spent with your sons and daughters. This second term has started noticeably cooler to last, and the soon-to-arrive winter weather and darker mornings throw added challenges to all of us.
It was great to see everyone enthusiastic and ready for a busy and productive term. It is always great for us all to have a break from school, recharge the batteries and spend extra time at home with our families. I hope you all enjoyed your time at home. Teachers have spent much of their holidays preparing and planning teaching programmes for this term, and commenced the term with a Pupil Free Day to plan for the new term.
Easter Sunday has come and gone, but the season of Easter continues. During these weeks we celebrate and remember that Jesus is alive and present in our lives. I wish everyone a very happy Easter season and all its blessings, and pray we all see it as a call to renew our commitment to live as disciples and to work for peace in the world. The season of Easter continues until the feast of Pentecost on Sunday 23 May.
This weekend we commemorate ANZAC Day. As a school community, we will gather on Friday morning in the assembly area, commencing at 9am. We encourage parents and friends to join us in this important ceremony. Please maintain social distancing.
We have a Working Bee planned for next Friday 30 April from 3:30-6pm. I really encourage all families to come along for an hour or two to assist us in planting plants and moving soil and mulch into our new garden beds. We ask all families to assist the school and many do, by volunteering with reading, social events and excursions. Many cannot because of work or other commitments during school hours. Participating in our Working Bee is a great way to assist your child’s school if you cannot during school hours. Children are most welcome to come along next Friday afternoon. Please bring along one or more of the following: Gardening gloves, shovels, rakes and wheelbarrows. They will all be handy! We will provide a sausage sizzle and drinks for workers! Please consider coming along to assist us.
Enrolment period 2022
Enrolment period for 2022 is fast approaching. 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 soon.
Catholic Education Enrolment Period is from Monday 3 May to Friday 28 May. The theme this year is 'Faith and Hope in the Future'. Application for enrolment is completed online at:
Our school Open Days will be held on Monday 3 May and Monday 17 May at 9:30am-11am and 4pm-6pm. We have already received a good number of enrolment, and the enrolment period hasn’t officially started yet!
Please spread the word.
Students in Years 3 and 5 will sit the NAPLAN tests this month. Parents may elect to withdraw their children from these tests. If you do not want your child to sit the NAPLAN tests, please contact Mrs Vanessa Ross at school.
School Commonwealth Banking programme to cease
For several years, the Commonwealth Bank school banking program has operated within our school. In December 2020 the Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) Review of School Banking Programs Report was released and the ACT Legislative Assembly has recently passed a motion to discontinue school banking programs in ACT public schools from 30 June 2021.
As a result of the recent decision by the ACT Government to cease the program in ACT public schools, the Community Council considered this and made the decision to cease the program at Good Shepherd. We thank the many parent/guardian volunteers over the years that have given their time to helping the program run.
Community Council Election
Today you should receive information and voting slips to elect a new parent representative on the Community Council. Please return this form by Friday 30 April.
Wishing God’s blessing on you and your families,
Good Shepherd/St Pius Prep Day
Friday 30th April
|Kindergarten||KD - Adriana A||KE - Nicholas S||KF - Dante C||KM - Hayden K|
|Year 1||1Co - Harrison A||1Cu - Piper W||1MB - Holly Y||1M - Reyna S|
|Year 2||2B - Remy B||2H - Kiara O'C||2K - Lincoln Mc||2TC - Scarlett H|
|Year 3||3G - Philopateer G||3Th - Lachlan G||3To - Hilary B||3Z - Baaba A-T|
|Year 4||4GB - Hannah B||
4Rob - Cloe S
|4Rou - Lachlan H||4S - Torin O'M|
|Year 5||5A - Dominic C||5CT - Daniel R||5D - Vince M||5WO - Isabella S|
|Year 6||6K - Daniel T||6N - Elijah B||6Pa - Keaton L C||6PO - Milana A|
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|
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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.
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Researchers from the University of Canberra are investigating a new head lice treatment for school-aged children across the ACT. Any child aged 5-16 years with signs of head lice infestation is welcome to take part in the trial. All treatment is provided FREE!
Our treatment is an environmentally friendly, non-pesticidal, plant-derived alternative to the harsh head lice treatments currently on the market. This treatment successfully underwent a series of independent safety evaluations, and the study has received approval from the University of Canberra Human Research Ethics Committee (Ethics approval # 2160).
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