Yesterday, our Year 5 students returned from camp at Cooba. It was a fantastic excursion and our students were a credit to our school. I was very proud of the behaviour and manners of our students- we received many compliments from Cooba Camp. A huge thanks to our staff who attended: Mr Keith Roberts, Mr Ben Kelly, Mrs Rachel De Boni, Mr Pat Van Tassel, Mrs Vanessa Dunstan and our Student teacher, Mrs Katie Pratt who spent two nights away from their own families to ensure our students participated in this worthwhile experience. Well done everyone!
Pick-up and Drop-off
This week, bollards were installed around the entrance to our school. This area will be re-invigorated at our upcoming Working Bee. Thank you to the Community Council for co-ordinating this project.
The bollards were installed to stop cars parking in this area for safety reasons. As there is limited car parking available, the front carpark should only be used for drive-through pick-up only. Please park on the basketball courts if you are collecting your child/ren as it will assist traffic flow and congestion. Thanks in advance for your co-operation.
We are seeing more and more students being dropped to school (or walking to school) and arriving around 8am (some before!) Supervision of students at Good Shepherd commences at 8:30am. NO students should be at school before 8:30am (unless of course you are attending Before School Care which commences anytime from 6:45am). Please support us in following the rules for the safety of your children.
Principal System Day
For the next two days, I am joining all Archdiocesan Principals and key personnel from the Catholic Education Office for the annual Archdiocesan Principals System Days. Our own Archdiocese covers a land area larger than Tasmania. From Pambula in the South, Goulburn in the North and Lake Cargelligo in the West, we have 59 Catholic Schools educating 24,000 students and employing 2,700 staff. Our Catholic education system makes a significant contribution to the education of so many students and their families in our city and beyond.
These system days allow us to hear plans for 2020, as well as reflect on the role Catholic Education is playing in our region.
I will be back at school on Monday.
Term 4 School Fees will be emailed or sent home via the class note bag tomorrow. Payment is due Friday, 15 November unless a payment plan is in place. ALL ACCOUNTS SHOULD BE FINALISED BY FRIDAY, 29 NOVEMBER. If you are having trouble meeting your financial commitment please contact email@example.com to arrange a meeting with David.
Class Allocations for 2020
During this term, we will be finalising our staffing arrangements for 2020. Below is a copy of the ‘Class Allocation Policy’ which aims to ensure there is a fair and just process in allocating students to classes for the upcoming school year.
My firm belief is that teachers are in the best position to decide a child’s placement because they know all the children in their classes and have a view of the ‘big picture’. However, I invite parents to inform me of anything that you feel needs to be considered, for your own child’s well-being or development.
As there are four streams of classes each year at Good Shepherd Primary School, there are different combinations of children in classes. When forming the class lists the following factors are taken into consideration:
- Diverse Learners;
- Work habits;
- Cognitive ability;
- Health considerations;
- Religion (to assist in achieving balance between classes, especially in Sacramental years) and
- Common names.
Ideally we aim for an equal spread of both positive and challenging characteristics. Where practical, parental requests based on educational concerns may be considered. At Good Shepherd, the staff and parents will follow these principles and guidelines when considering placement of students each year:
- Every care will be taken to ensure that each child is placed in the best situation to enhance learning and social development;
- Parents who wish to raise particular concerns regarding the placement of their children in particular classes should put the concern in writing and email it to me (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Friday of Week 4 (Term 4- Friday 8 November);
- Parent concerns will be considered during the process. It must be clearly understood, however, that no definite guarantees can be given regarding parental concerns;
- Where appropriate, advice will be sought from the Classroom Support Teacher, School Counsellor, Chaplain and current class teacher during this process;
- Considering all of the factors listed above, the current class teachers compile class lists from mid-term, Term 4. These are then handed to me to confirm;
- Children will be informed of their class placement for the following school year in December (usually the last week of school) and the opportunity will be provided where possible for them to spend some time with their new class teacher. New students to the school for the following year are invited to attend;
- A class list will be distributed to the child at this time; and
- Throughout this process, after appropriate consultation, I reserve the right to make final professional decisions regarding the placement of children.
Wishing God’s blessing on you and your families,
The Humble Achievers Award is presented to long serving volunteers of the Good Shepherd Community. It is awarded in memory of Melissa Dunbar. Melissa dedicated many years of service at Good Shepherd. She was instrumental in organising many fundraising and community building events. The intent of the award is to recognise humble, enthusiastic and supportive volunteers that provide generous service over time.
Members of the Good Shepherd Community are invited to nominate volunteers that fulfill the essence of The Humble Achievers Award. Please complete the nomination slip below and return to the Front Office by Friday 15th November. Please clearly mark the envelope ‘The Humble Achievers Award’.
The nominations will be considered by a panel representing the Community Council, School Leadership team, Good Shepherd staff and the Dunbar family.
The Humble Achievers Award will be presented at the ‘Thank you Volunteers Event’ at 2pm on Friday 22nd of November.
ACT TENNIS FINALS
Students from Year 3 and 4 competed in the ACT Primary Schools ANZ Hot Shots Tennis Tournament on Monday, 28th October. The students played with great enthusiasm and fairness. They were unlucky to miss out on the major semis by 2 sets overall and ended up tieing in 5th out of 8 schools. Thanks to Mrs Higginbotham for taking the team and to the parents whose support was much appreciated.
Our Remembrance Day service will be held on Monday, 11th of November at 9:15am. The commemoration will be held in the school hall. We will also observe a one minute silence at 11am.
We would like to display military a from families (photos, medals and any other items of importance). This memorabilia may be from serving members past and present. If you like to participate please leave these items (labelled with your name and phone number) at the Front Office.
Community Council Update
Bunnings BBQ – Thank you
Massive thanks to all our wonderful volunteers and school community!! $2531 was raised at the Bunnings BBQ last Sunday.
This was a major fundraising opportunity for our school. All funds raised will be used to provide landscaping improvements after building works at school have been completed, and to support the Good Shepherd Gardening Club.
On Monday the bollards were installed at the main entrance to our carpark. This is the beginning of landscaping improvements planned for our school. We have received some wonderful suggestions from parents, students and staff regarding improvements for our school environment. As we move into the new year the Community Council will focus on these projects.
Working Bee-Sunday, 10 November 10:30-12.30pm
We will be hosting a Working Bee on Sunday, 10 November from 10:30-12.30pm. Please mark this date in your diaries. Join us to beautify our beautiful school. The Community Council will provide pizzas and drinks for lunch. Many hands make light work.
Updates & Feedback
We are looking to provide regular Community Council updates each week via the newsletter. If you have any suggestion on events, improvements or any feedback we would appreciate your input.
Community Council Chair
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM All day Recurring event All day All day All day All day All day 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM All day All day All day
Ash Wednesday Mass
Kinder Rest Day
1st Sunday of Lent
Week 5 Term 1
Year 6 Camp
Year 6 Camp
Year 6 Camp
Celebration of learning Year 5T & 5M
2nd Sunday of Lent
Week 6 Term 1
Grandparents / Great Friends Day
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM