I hope you are enjoying the warmer weather. It will be Christmas before we know it!
Next weekend we celebrate First Eucharist (or First Communion) with many of our Year Three children and their families. It is always a very beautiful celebration - seeing the boys and girls dressed in their white robes, parents and grandparents with smiling faces being proud of the children (perhaps remembering their own First Communion years ago). First Eucharist gives us adults the opportunity to pause and once again reflect on what Communion really means in our lives, and how we should still stand in awe and reverence of the Eucharist.
As Catholic parents, we believe that Jesus gave us His own Body and Blood in the Sacrament of the Eucharist. We believe that Jesus is present in this Sacrament. The Eucharist is not just a symbol, nor is it a memory - it is really Jesus Christ. This is what we mean by the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist.
Next Tuesday evening (6:15pm), children and parents will participate in the Prayer Night and on Wednesday, the students will participate in a very productive and reflective ‘Jesus Day’. This is a great opportunity to reflect on the special meaning of First Eucharist and to prepare fully for the weekend.
Our thanks to Father Mark and Father Jiss, the Parish team and our teachers for their involvement in preparing the children for this very special celebration, including Jesus Day. While First Eucharist is a milestone for children, frequent participation in the Eucharist is necessary for them to continue to grow in their relationship with Jesus.
We pray for all the children who will receive their First Holy Communion next weekend.
Walkways are progressing and demolition has commenced in F Block. The first stage of our walkways should be completed before the holidays and this will make a real difference to staff, parents and students moving around our school safely. Thank you for your ongoing patience with the renovations.
Will take place next Tuesday, 17 September
8.15 am - 8.45 am or 3.15 pm – 5.30 pm
Remember, a Learning Journey is not a Parent/Teacher interview. It is a time when there will be many families wandering through the classroom and school. The teacher will be in the classroom to assist your child if needed. Your child will lead you through this process.
This is a great opportunity for your child to share with you and show you what school looks like to them during the day.
This Friday evening, we have 100 students participating in the Mini-Vinnies Sleepout in the school hall. This is a fantastic experience for our older students to learn about the less fortunate in our community and be aware of those in our city who are struggling with homelessness. Raising awareness is the main aim. A huge thank you to the staff who are ‘sleeping’ over and those assisting in other areas.
Parent Satisfaction Survey
Each week, I will share with our community some of the major ‘themes’ that have emerged from our recent Parent Satisfaction Survey. Our survey results are used to assist the School Leadership Team and the Community Council in tracking our performance and highlight concerns that may need addressed.
Overall, this year’s results were very pleasing. We received ‘green’ in all areas- which has never happened before. There are certainly things we are pleased we have improved on, and there are areas we want and need to work on too.
I am not sure that parents are aware that, although the survey is anonymous and sent from Catholic Education, the results and all comments come directly to me. Disappointingly, some comments were very vindictive, hurtful, personal and targeted towards myself or other individual staff members. Unfortunately, this can be an issue with anonymous surveys where people can hide behind a keyboard and is certainly becoming more prevalent in society with social media forums etc. I would hope that if you feel so strongly about an issue or concern at school that you come and see me to discuss it. I am always available to meet with parents.
One of the major themes for concern was toilet cleanliness.
Although ‘green’, the statement of ‘I am happy with the school’s facilities’ did raise a number of negative comments regarding the cleanliness of the toilets.
Some of the general comments regarding toilets include:
- Not happy that the school’s bathrooms aren't maintained with soap at all times.
- Would like more attention paid to cleanliness of toilets.
- My child tells me they hold on all day rather than use the toilet facilities because the toilets are always a mess, covered in water and smell.
- Children’s toilets cleaning could be improved. A more substantial clean by the contractor cleaners more than a ‘wipe’ over.
- Facilities are great with the exception of the toilets. My child is constantly telling me how ‘gross’ they are and they smell.
- Existing bathrooms are not well maintained and are unpleasant.
- Some of the toilets are not in a good state and appear to be really dirty. I understand there are a lot of kids using them but with a high number of students possibly have them cleaned more frequently.
Obviously, the cleanliness of toilets for students is high on our priority. It is challenging keeping toilets ‘clean’ with 700 primary children, however I can assure you the toilets are cleaned thoroughly every day.
I have contacted our cleaners and met with the director of the company on site this week to share these concerns. He has assured me he will do a professional clean himself this week and will have a new cleaning team working at Good Shepherd from next week.
Thanks for the feedback. Please do not hesitate to contact me directly if you have any further concerns.
Next week’s topic: communication!
Go the Raiders!
Wishing God’s blessing on you and your families,
Congratulations to our Good Shepherd students who received Jesus for the first time in the Eucharist. The children were prayerful and reverent and did their families and school proud.
Now that these children have received communion, the ministry of altar serving is being offered. If students are interested in altar serving at Holy Spirit Church, please contact the parish office by phone (02) 6242 9622 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congratulations and GOOD LUCK to Mackenzie (6T), Chelsea (6N/S), Darcie (5D/D) and Ainsley (5Kelly) who will be playing for the Gungahlin Jets in the U12 girls AFL Grand Final this Sunday. Best of luck girls’.
|Dance Core end of term performance will be held on Tuesday, 24 September
at 2.30 pm in the school hall.
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