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Last Sunday, was ‘Good Shepherd Sunday’ and on Monday we celebrated our feast day at school. The day was a great success: commencing with a whole school Mass, followed by activities and a ‘School of Hope’ walk. Good Shepherd is proud to be in partnership with ‘Global School Partners.’ Our partner school is ‘School of Hope’ in Kenya. Each year, we raise money for this school who are in great need of support.
It is important to celebrate and highlight our Feast Day. We reflect upon the ‘Good Shepherd’ regularly as a staff and with our students - with the image of the Good Shepherd, who guides and nurtures, overarching the life of the school community. We pride ourselves on being a warm, welcoming and inclusive school and to be ‘the heart of God in Amaroo’.
Last week, a staff member forwarded the following passage to me and I thought it was very appropriate for our school….
Every once and a while, a ewe will give birth to a lamb and reject it.
There are many reasons she may do this. If the lamb is returned to the ewe, the mother may even kick the poor animal away. Once a ewe rejects one of her lambs, she will never change her mind.
These little lambs will hang their heads so low that it looks like something is wrong with its neck. Their spirit is broken. These lambs are called “bummer lambs.” Unless the shepherd intervenes, that lamb will die, rejected and alone. So, do you know what the shepherd does?
He takes that rejected little one into his home, hand-feeds it and keeps it warm by the fire. He will wrap it up with blankets and hold it to his chest so the bummer can hear his heartbeat.
Once the lamb is strong enough, the shepherd will place it back in the field with the rest of the flock. But that sheep never forgets how the shepherd cared for him when his mother rejected him. When the shepherd calls for the flock, guess who runs to him first?
That is right, the bummer sheep. He knows his voice intimately. It is not that the bummer lamb is loved more, it just knows intimately the one who loves it. It's not that it is loved more, it just believes it because it has experienced that love one on one.
So many of us are bummer lambs, rejected and broken. But He is the Good Shepherd. He cares for our every need and holds us close to His heart so we can hear His heart beat. We may be broken but we are deeply loved by the Shepherd.
Author Sheila Walsh book "Loved back to life"
National Walk to School Day
Tomorrow is our ‘National Walk Safely to School Day’ and I encourage all students and parents, who are able, to walk from one of the starting points around the nearby suburbs. A staff member will be at each point. The weather looks fantastic……...you are most welcome to join us!
Fresh fruit will be provided to all students from 8:30am. We have visitors walking including UC Capital players and ACT Brumbies. Should be a great morning!
Our Cross-Country carnival is on tomorrow as well and we are looking forward to a fine and sunny day this time! Conditions look great for some personal bests! We encourage parents and friends to join us!
NAPLAN (National Assessment Programme for Literacy and Numeracy) commenced this week for all students in Years Three and Five. NAPLAN is used to assess student achievement in literacy and numeracy and students in all Government, Catholic and independent primary and high schools across Australia. Teachers use a range of assessments to build a picture of a child’s strengths and needs. NAPLAN contributes valuable information to this picture. The results of these tests tell you how your child is achieving in relation to other students across the country. Results are also used in setting school goals in literacy and numeracy.
We have some disruptions to the online NAPLAN tasks for some students, in some classes this week. These have been caused by many instances of dropouts for students, with significant time lost in rebooting the devices. Catholic Schools ACT and NSW has confirmed that the issue is quite widespread and we have reported our concerns to them. If you or your child is concerned about one of their tests (because of connectivity to NAPLAN issues), please contact Vanessa Ross (Vanessa.firstname.lastname@example.org). We are hoping this has been rectified for the rest of the tests.
I have received a number of concerns from parents about our school buses having ceased in the new transport network. Concerns range from no designated school buses for Good Shepherd, to students having to leave school early to catch the bus, to students catching the 25/26 bus having to walk to Amaroo shops to catch a bus home (this bus does not go past the school).
I have written to the transport Minister, Meegan Fitzharris and was pleased to have a meeting with her last week in her office to discuss these concerns. She was understanding and has promised to look into these issues for Good Shepherd. I will keep you updated.
Thank you for your support with winter uniforms. Kids look great! Thank you!
This week, we found out that another school supplier is selling our school uniforms, using our logo and branding without our permission. The uniforms are the wrong colour, different bags, different size logos etc. which are not "uniform".
Our only approved school uniform supplier is “Lowes”.
Of course, you can purchase any generic school items (tunics, navy shorts etc etc) from any uniform supplier but uniforms that have our logo printed must come from the one supplier with is ‘Lowes’. Feel free to contact me if you have concerns.
A reminder we are in the middle of enrolment time. Enrolments for 2020 close Friday, 31 May.
Our final Open Day was today and our Year Six students who acted as tour guides were fantastic! Thank you!
Please spread the word if you know anyone interested in a Kindergarten enrolment for 2020. There are no guarantees, even for siblings, after the closing date.
Looking forward to our disco tomorrow night!
Wishing God’s blessing on you and your families,
Prayer Celebration - Year 1Coghlan & Year 1Corkhill/Price
Next Friday, 24 May Year 1Coghlan and Year 1Corkhill/Price will be leading the school in prayer with the focus on 'Each and Every Family'.
All families are warmly invited to join us at 9:15am in the school hall.
Winter Woollies Day - Friday, 14 June
Although our annual Winter Woollies Day is a few weeks off, please begin to look in your cupboards for any adult size jackets, scarves, gloves, warm socks, beanies, blankets and sleeping bags.
These can be brought to school on or before Friday, 14th June.
Thank you in advance for your donations!
Friday, 24 May - Year 1Coghlan & Year 1Corkhill/Price
Friday, 14 June - Winter Woollies Day
Tuesday, 25 June - Sacraments of Reconciliation & First Eucharist Information session (6:15pm at Holy Spirit Church)
Anthony O'Connell - Good Shepherd Primary School
|KE - Lola||KK - Miriam||KM - Jack||KT - HIlton|
|1C - Samrath||1C/P - Mackenzie||1M - Grace||1W - Zoe|
|2A - Chantelle||2T/C - Bryson||2H - Arddun||2W - Lachlan|
|3D - Vince||3I - Lucas||3K - Nicholas||3T - Dominic|
|4D - Isabella||4F - Valentino||4R - Indi||4Z - Riley|
|5D/D - Shara||5KY- Tomasz||5KA - Izaak||5R - Natasha|
|6BO'C - Charlie||6N/S - Dixa||6P - Brodie||6T - Oliver|
Our Stars of the Week!!!!
Re-scheduled Cross Country Friday 17 May
Children are still ready and raring to go for this year's cross country event.
Order Of Events:
9.30 am onwards
12 yr girls (13 years old to run with this group)
12 yr boys (13 year olds to run with this group)
11 yr girls
11 yr boys
10 yr girls
10 yr boys
9 yr girls
9 yr boys
8 yr girls
8 yr boys
7 yr boys and girls in Year 2
Year One girls
Year One boys
The length of the course is approximately 1km.
Kinder, Year 1 and 7yrs will complete 500m - One lap of our ovals (They can start and end at the finish line).
8 yrs will complete 1km - 1 full lap as shown in the map above
9 and 10 yrs will complete 2 km - 2 Laps, with the second heading through the finish line.
11, 12 and 13 yrs will complete 3km - 3 laps, with the third heading through the finish line.
Selection to the Regional Carnival on 29 May:
The top 5 place getters for each age and gender (8 years and over) will be entered for the North Gungahlin Carnival on 29 May. Successful children will be receive a letter at school confirming this.
Can you help?
Good Shepherd is responsible for organising and running the North Gungahlin (29 May) and ACT (12 June) Cross Country Carnivals this year. For these events to be successful, we will need volunteers to help on the course, assist with catering and running the canteen. If you can help please email email@example.com