Do you remember the Harrison Ford movie: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom? In that movie the quest for the “Fountain of Youth” was the focus of all the good guy / bad guy activity. To drink from the fountain of youth and save one’s life and soul, one had to choose from a collection of “cups” one of which Christ had supposedly used at the Last Supper. The bad guy chose the most ornamental and most beautiful chalice, drank from it and immediately was transformed into a lifeless pile of dust on the floor. The good guy chose the most humble and poorest of cups and to drink from and was rewarded with life.
When Christ left His followers a means by which to remember him he chose the most insignificant and unshowy way of doing so. Jesus took the meagre and everyday table items of bread and wine and used them to teach His disciples the way to remember Him and to make him present again and again in their midst. A simple man chose the simplest of means to begin a ritual which is celebrated everyday by millions of people around the world.
The very core of Catholicism is the celebration of the Eucharist. This weekend, many of our Year 3 students will receive the bread and wine for the first time when they celebrate the Sacrament of First Eucharist. The First Eucharist Prayer Night was held on Tuesday evening and was a great success, and yesterday our students prepared for the weekend with their ‘Jesus Day’. First Eucharist is the beginning of a lifetime of full and frequent participation in the Eucharist, where we are continually challenged, encouraged and nourished in the journey of faith that began with Baptism.
A big thank you to our staff who are working hard behind the scenes for Prayer Nights, Jesus Days and First Eucharist weekends. Thank you also to Fr Mark and Father Jiss for their support.
Thank you to the many parents who attended the Learning Journeys on Tuesday afternoon. It was great to see so many of you come along and see the work that your children have been doing in their classrooms, to celebrate their achievements and set goals for future learning. This is also another way for us to report to parents regarding student progress and achievement.
A reminder that the Summer uniform is worn in Term 4. I encourage parents to go your children’s Summer uniforms over the next few weeks to ensure you have everything required. All students should be wearing summer uniform beginning Monday, 14 October
On Friday 27 September, the Second-Hand Clothing Pool will be open from 8:40am to 9:45am. They have an abundance of summer uniform in size 4 and 6, hats, reader bags and other sized clothing. All for just $5.00 per item!
Claim the Date- Working Bee
A Working Bee will be held on Sunday 10 November, from 10:30am to 12:30pm pm to assist with a ‘spring clean’.
Please consider coming along, even for an hour to assist with a tidy up. Jot the date in your diaries!
More information will follow as the date gets closer.
Parent Satisfaction Survey: Communication between the home and school is effective.
One of the major themes every year in a School Satisfaction Survey is ‘communication’. In a large school like ours, clear and timely communication is critical. Communication is also a two-way street: so often I get queries from parents that have been communicated in the newsletter, Schoolzine App and Facebook- yet parents don’t read it. Last week, only 44.2% of newsletters were opened - that is a worry!
We have prioritised communication over the past year to make it simpler and easier for families. The Community Council and staff are currently working on a Communication strategy to assist all in our community with communication. We still have work to do and the strategy will ensure staff are consistent with communicating and that you are not ‘bombarded’.
It is parent’s responsibility to seek information. Please read the newsletter, open the app alerts etc. Make it a priority to read information sent home from school.
- 6.1% strongly disagree or disagree and 93.9% agree or strongly agree.
(In 2018, 14.1% strongly disagreed or disagreed which is an improvement of 8%.)
Some general comments from parents:
- Very happy with the new app. The old app was a bit of a disappointment. Well done.
- The communication has improved so much in the last two years, I am very impressed with the improvement!
- Too many methods of communication and not always consistent
- Use fewer formats to communicate and use them consistently for their intended purpose
Next week’s topic: The School Board/Community Council is effective at our school.
Thank you to the many families who have finalised their fees for this term. School fees were due a few weeks ago and reminders have been sent home to families who have not finalised fees. Please attend to this as a matter of urgency. Should you be experiencing difficulty with paying fees please come and see me
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.
Cricket Gala Day
Well done to the Yr 5/6 children who represented Good Shepherd at the Cricket Gala Day in Harrison last Thursday. All students demonstrated wonderful sporting attitudes and had a fun day. A big thank you to Mrs Naumovski, Jacqui Tassall and Toni Pfeiffer who assisted the teams and Mrs Scott and Mr Welsh on the day.
ACT Athletics Results
Well done to all pur athletes who competed in the ACT Track and Field Carnival last Tuesday 10th September.
Ella Higginbotham placed 2nd in the 9 years girls 70m and 3rd in the 9 years girls 100m.
Alicia Phongkham placed 2nd in the 10 years girls 100m and 4th in the 10 years girls 200m.
Nicole Agbonzikilo placed 10th in the 10 years girls 100m, 4th in 8-10 yrs girls high jump, 3rd in 8-10 years girls long jump and 5th in 8-10 yeras girls shot put.
Maxwell Agbonzikilo placed 7th in the 9 years boys 70m.
Sioeli Hifo placed 4th in the 8 years boys 100m.
Aidan Wunsch, who is off to the 12 and under Nationals for Track and Field in Darwin 18/09/2019 – 23/09/2019, placed 14th in the 11 years boys 100m, 4th in the 11 years boys 200m and 8th in the 11 years boys 800m.
North Gungahlin ANZ Tennis Gala Day
On Monday 23rd September, Good Shepherd hosts the Tennis Gala Day for students in years 3 and 4. We have two teams representing Good Shepherd and we wish the boys and girls in the teams a great day.
Get Set Tennis
Over the last two terms all classed have participted in tennis lessons run by Get Set Tennis. The expertise and enthusiasm of the coaches has inspired many of our students. Holiday camps are now booking. Please see the flyer below.
DanceCore end of term performance will be held on Tuesday, 24 September
DanceCore students must wear their school uniform to school and change into their "funky" outfit before the performance.
Outfits must be easy to dance in, bright and colourful, age appropriate and sneakers are preferred.
On Friday 27th September we will be opening up the Second Hand Clothing Pool in preparation for Term 4!
We have an abundance of summer uniform in size 4 and 6, hats, reader bags and other sized clothing. All for just $5.00 per item!
We will be open from 8:40am until 9:45am.
Hope to see you there!
Thankyou for your continued support,
Community Council Secretary
My name is Oscar Dow and I am in 2 Abbot/Thompson. I am doing the Canberra Times Fun Run to raise money to find a cure for Rett Syndrome on Sunday 10th Nov.
My friend Abigail is 4 years old and has Rett Syndrome. Below is some information about Rett Syndrome and Abigail and a link to my fundraising page.
You can donate on my link or come and see me busking on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th October from 1pm – 2pm outside Aldi’s (Gungahlin).
Rett Syndrome and Abigail
Rett Syndrome is a rare neurological disorder that affects mostly girls. It robs them of the ability to speak, walk, use their hands, and can cause issues with breathing and eating, and many other even more serious symptoms. Oscar’s friend Abigail was diagnosed with Rett Syndrome just before her 3rd birthday.
Rett Syndrome affects every aspect of Abigail’s life. She needs help to do most things that we take for granted. We are very lucky that she can still walk, as many girls with the disorder never do. And although she cannot speak, she understands everything, and she is learning to communicate in other ways. She can tell you so much just with her eyes!
Abigail loves her family and friends and being part of her community. Oscar is one of her best friends and her face lights up every time she sees him.
Researchers have PROVEN that a cure for Rett Syndrome using gene therapy IS possible, and we are working hard to raise as much money as possible to help fund this research through to clinical trials. Change is possible, and every donation will make a difference to improving the quality of life for Abigail and the thousands of girls around world like her. https://www.rettaustralia.com/
Please give generously using my below link, BECAUSE A CURE IS POSSIBLE!
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