Congratulations if you are reading this! You are in the top 65% of informed parents!
Our statistics from Schoolzine tell us that only 65% of parents open our newsletter each week- which is a bit of a worry. Communication these days, within a school as large as ours, can be challenging. Back in the 1990s (when I was teaching my own class), a newsletter each week was printed and stuffed in a school bag.
That was it!
Email was not an option, nor was social media, See-Saw, webpages and app alerts.
These days, parents are informed about what is happening through a mode of different options. We probably have too much!
The School Leadership Team and Community Council are currently working on a ‘Communication Policy’, that will hopefully be finalised and published in the next few weeks. The purpose of the Policy is to be very clear about what we communicate, how we communicate and the purpose of each type of communication- considering the workload and well-being of teachers and staff too.
Communication in a large school like ours is not always going to be perfect- but we try. Not everyone is on social media, not everyone reads their emails and only 65% of our parents read the weekly newsletter! Hopefully this Policy will make things even clearer and smoother for all. Communication is also a ‘two-way street’ – parents need to know where to access information and to access it too!
Once ratified, I will distribute to all parents- but I wonder if more than 65% will read it?
Feast of the Assumption Mass- Next Thursday 15 August
Next Thursday 15 August is the Feast of the Assumption of Mary. It is a very difficult feast to understand, but a very important one as it points to the dignity that all people share as children of God, and to the eternal life to which we are all called. The Assumption fulfils the words of Mary in Saint Luke’s Gospel – “…from this day forward all generations will call me blessed”. (Luke1:48)
The Assumption celebrates that Mary was assumed into Heaven. Mary is for us and for all generations the perfect disciple of Jesus modelling in her life all the values and teachings found in the Gospel. Mary lived completely for God and for others and in so doing found self-fulfilment.
We pray this week that Mary may continue to be a sign of hope for the world, and that the celebration of her Assumption will encourage us to continue our journey of faith with confidence. May this journey lead to fullness of life and union with God, and may Our Lady of the Assumption bless each Good Shepherd family.
Please join us for Mass in the Church next Thursday at 9:30am.
STEM FAIR - Monday 12th August
We are looking forward to the amazing exhibits at this year's STEM/Science fair on Monday 9:30-10:30am. Thankyou to the many patient and supportive families who have assisted their children with the design, development and creation of their exhibits. Huge thanks to Mrs Weier and Mrs Ross for their organisation, support and encouragment.
Book Week is in Week 5 and this year we will have a Dress-up Day on Tuesday 20 August. (No Parade this year because of the disruptions and building works.) Each year level will be exploring one of the short-listed books during the week and class teachers will provide further details support celebrating book week. Please see further details within the newsletter from Mrs Aitken.
The Term Overviews (Term 3) are available for each Year Level on the School website: https://www.goodshepherd.act.edu.au/notes
Fathers’ Day Event
Please claim the date- Friday 30 August from 3-5pm. It will be a community afternoon and would be great if all Dad’s and family could knock off early and come along!
More info to follow!
Tomorrow, our building renovations in C Building will be complete! Students in Years 3 will gradually move over to their new classrooms next week, as well as Year 2 Welsh and 2 Huleatt. Two Year 5 classes (5 Roberts and 5 Van Tassel)will move over to the classrooms vacated by 3 Ings and 3 Kolek and two Year 5 classes (5 Kelly and 5 Dunstan/De Boni) will be moving in to the Year 6 breakout space. These arrangements will for the rest of this year. (We will be down two classrooms for this time).
From Week 5, our builders will commence joining the Ryan Building (formally F Building) with G Building and renovating F Building.
Walkways have been delayed and hopefully will be completed in the next two weeks. I apologise for the delay and inconvenience of this, however, it has been a problem with services in that area.
With students moving into the new building, we ask parents to please collect students at the end of each day from the Gazebos. The area around the building is very much a construction site with the walkways being completed. We will inform students about this arrangement too.
There will be an opportunity for an ‘open day’ to see the new building when fully operational in the next week or so- we will inform you of the day and time of this in the next week.
Thank you for your understanding and patience.
Best wishes to our Good Shepherd Cheer Teams who compete this weekend at the AIS for the ACT Regional Cheerleading Championships. Kinder to Year 6 will be competing- good luck everyone!
ICAS (International Competition Assessment in Schools)
We are delighted to inform you that Good Shepherd Primary School will be participating in the world-renowned International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) assessments again this year.
The assessments are suitable for students wishing to extend themselves academically and take up the personal challenge of competing in an international assessment. Your child will be presented with high-quality, expert-developed questions, allowing them to apply their learning without the need for prior study or revision.
A note was distributed to interested students yesterday and hard-copies are available in the Front Office. A copy of the note is also available on our website.
Please be aware of the cost ($14.50 for each test) and the closing date (Friday 16 August). We cannot accept late enrolments unfortunately.
Wishing God’s blessing on you and your families,
This weekend is our Precious Memory Mass. During Mass, students will be asked to bring forward their memory ribbons after the prayers of the faithful and place it in a basket. A teacher will be there to support this process. Students will also collect their second puzzle piece. 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
This Friday August 9th, 6 Payne and 6 Norris/Scott will be leading the school in prayer with the focus on 'Fathers’. Families are most welcome.
Next Thursday (August 15th), there will be a whole school mass to mark the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin 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.
The Community Council met on Tuesday evening and here is a brief recap of what was discussed and what is happening:
We are currently in the process of renovating the Canteen. Plans have been drawn and we have gone out to tender. We are hoping the successful tenderer can complete the renovations in the September holidays.
We are looking at putting up bollards (like Amaroo School) at the front of our school and rejuvenating the ‘dirt carpark there. We are approaching some companies and hope to have these done in the next few months.
Purchased new Shade Shelters
The Community Council have purchased three new shade shelters (3 metres by 3 Metres) and branded with Good Shepherd to replace old and broken shelters. These will be used at carnivals and community events.
Working Bee-Sunday 15 September 10:30-1pm
We will be having a Working Bee on Sunday 15th September from 10:30-1pm. Please mark this in your diaries and try to assist the school. The Community Council will provide pizzas and drinks for lunch. More details to follow!
Community Council Chair
Kayla Bryant and Macy Lehmann from Year 5, pictured at the School Sport National Swimming Championships in Melbourne.
Kayla: Being selected for an ACT team was quite an honour. I had been there two years in a row watching my brother swim, but to get in the pool myself was incredible. I had four individual races and two relays. I achieved a new personal best in all of my races, including in my relays.
We were in Melbourne for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. On Wednesday we had a training session, team photos and an educational excursion. For our excursion we visited the O'Brien Icehouse and watched a professional ice hockey player, went for a ride on the Melbourne Star (which took a long time, it is very slow) and there were some awesome views. We also went on a tour at Marvel Stadium (and learnt a lot about footy).
Thursday and Friday were race days, we were up at 6am and on the way to the pool by 7am, ready for warm up at 7.20am. Individual races were in the morning and relays in the afternoon. They were long days finishing at 6pm. But it was lots of fun. I particularly liked trading pins with swimmers from other states and also trading swim caps at the end of the meet. My goal is to get selected again next year, the event will be in Queensland. I’m ready to train hard so that I can hopefully reach that goal. Thank you to everyone at a Good Shepherd for your support.
My adventure started when I was boarding the aeroplane. I had one of my swimming friends come on the same flight who was sitting right in front of us. It was a fast flight so instead of playing on iPads, we played cards, talked or looked out the window.
When we got off the plane we caught the skybus to our hotel. The skybus is a special bus that goes to the centre of Melbourne. On the first day, we visited some sites such as the Melbourne Star, Marvel Stadium and the ice hockey arena.
The School Sport Swimming Competition was held at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic centre at Albert Park. All the states and territories were there to compete. It was so much fun to race in such professional conditions and meet new friends from other parts from Australia. We got to swap pins. After we got to spend time in the wave pool.
At the end there was a closing ceremony. Just like the Olympics. My family back home could watch me race ed via live stream. They thought it was cool. I had a great time in Melbourne.
I really hope I qualify again next year.
Congratulations Oliva Brankovic!
Cricket: Get ready for the summer season.
Good Shepherd Knitting Group
Good Shepherd has started our own knitting group. This group is made up of Grandparents, Parish members, Good Shepherd Staff and Community members.
This wonderful group of people are currently working on three different projects.
The main project we would like volunteers for is a Good Shepherd Bear. This project involves the knitting of 100 Bears.
If you are an interested knitter and would like to assist please contact email@example.com for details.