Welcome back everyone!
Hope you all had a wonderful break.
Only 9 more Monday's until next school holidays!!!
Have a great week.
Welcome back for Term 3. It is great to see everyone enthusiastic and ready for a busy and productive term. Although the weather was cold during the break 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 together.
A special welcome to ten students who have joined our community this term. We welcome Georgina (2Huelett), Isabella (K Eglington), Madeline (6 Thornton), Amelie (1Whackett), Ella (3 Donnolly), Madison (2Abbott), Radhika (1Coghlan), Shehnaz (3Kolek), Joshua (1 Corkhill) and Lucy (6Brotchie/O’Connell).
You and your families are most welcome.
Teachers have spent much of their holidays preparing and planning teaching programmes for this term. Many spent time attending Professional Development courses too. All staff are ready for a busy and productive term.
Congratulations to Mr Anthony O’Connell, and his wife Anna on the birth of their seventh child yesterday, James Levi, weighing 4.075kg and length of 53cm. All doing well! Congratulations!
Congratulations to Fr Mark Croker, Parish Priest on his 60th birthday last week. We were pleased to be able to celebrate this as a staff this morning. Many happy returns Fr Mark!
Welcome to Mr Pat Van Tassel who has joined us for the rest of the year in 5 Kenna.
Parent Satisfaction Survey
An annual satisfaction survey of parents, students and staff will be conducted on behalf of all Catholic schools in the Diocese this term. The surveys are designed to gather feedback from parents, staff and students about our school and will be used to inform school improvement. Responses are confidential and individuals cannot be identified.
The surveys will be launched via email on 29 July and close on 9 August 2019 using the email addresses supplied to the school. If you do not receive an email with a link to the survey on 29 July please contact me directly. Thank you.
Carparking, pick-up and drop off
Thank you for your patience with car-parking and drop off. We have two issues at present: building works here at Good Shepherd restricting pedestrian access near the hall, and delays in carpark renovations at Amaroo School.
Amaroo School has car parking and traffic modifications taking place and I have been told there will a delay for at least two weeks until this is completed. The entrance to the top carpark at Amaroo School (near the shops) is closed at present and is causing significant congestion before and after school here at Good Shepherd.
Please be patient and follow the directions of staff during these weeks.
There has also been a change to traffic rules in the front carpark and I ask parents to please be aware of the change to traffic signals.
The changes occurring at Amaroo School (including installing a ‘kiss and drop’ zone and extending the carpark near Good Shepherd) will ultimately benefit us all.
Thanks for your patience and understanding.
A reminder please to all parents and carers that the morning drop-off at the front of the school is just a ‘kiss and drop’. Please help everyone by:
- Moving to the front of the line so other cars can stop behind you;
- NOT getting out of your car to help your child. We have many complaints about parents stopping, unbuckling, getting bags out of boots etc. If you need to stop and exit the car, please do this in the top carpark.
- Ensuring your children exit from the passenger side of your vehicle.
Wishing God’s blessing on you and your families this term,
At mass this weekend, our Eucharist students will receive their first Puzzle Piece. If you were unable to collect your mass booklet last week, books will still be available for collection. A reminder for those students, who are rostered on for a Ministry job this weekend, please meet in the foyer before mass for further instructions.
Please keep our Eucharist students in your prayers as they prepare for this special sacrament.
Prayer Focus Assembly
On Friday August 9th, 6 Payne and 6 Norris/Scott will be leading the school in prayer with the focus on 'Father’. Families are most welcome.
On Thursday August 15th, there will be a whole school mass to mark the Feast of the Assumption of Mary. This is a very special feast day in our Church calendar that celebrates Mary’s entry, body and soul into heaven. Mass will begin at 9:30am. Families are most welcome.
We are beginning our Peer Support sessions next Monday, week 2. The whole school participates in Peer Support for 25 minutes each week. Two Peer leaders facilitate a small group of 12 younger students, who work together through a number of structured activities. We are working on a module called Keeping Friends helping us explore the concept of
friendship, build relationships and develop skills in empathy and critical thinking. The module runs for 8 sessions. Our first session enables the children to get to know everyone in their group, agreeing on how they will work together and interact cooperatively with others. They will also begin to think about the meaning of friendship. We encourage you to talk to your children about Peer Support every week as it will help to reinforce the concepts learned in each session.
Reminder - all student absences from school MUST be explained in writing.
If your child is absent from school due to illness or other reason please provide a reason in writing to your child's teacher. You can do this through the schoolzine app absentee tile, send an email or a handwritten note to your child's teacher.
We are legally required to keep records of student attendance and reasons for non-attendance so your support with this is appreciated.