Prayer Celebration - Year 1Coghlan & Year 1Corkhill/Price
Tomorrow 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.
First Eucharist and Reconciliation Dates for 2019
For children in Year 3 and above wishing to receive the Sacrament of First Eucharist in 2019, an information session will be held in the church on
Tuesday 25 June at 1:00pm or 6:15pm
Saturday 29 June at 6:00pm or
Sunday 30 June 9:30am or 5:30pm
Celebration of First Reconciliation
Celebration of First Eucharist
At Masses on weekends
14-15 September and 21-22 September
For more details please contact Sacramental Coordinator
Louise Johnson: firstname.lastname@example.org
Winter Woollies Day - Friday, 14 June
Although our annual Winter Woollies Day will be held on Friday, 14 June, 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.
Each student will also be encouraged to bring in a gold coin to come in free winter woollies dress. The money raised will go towards Mr Austin's participation in the Vinnies CEO Sleepout.
Thank you in advance for your donations!
Friday, 24 May - Year 1Coghlan & Year 1Corkhill/Price
Friday, 14 June - Winter Woollies Day
Anthony O'Connell - Good Shepherd Primary School
|KE - Maisie||KK - Imogen||KM - Hillary||KT - Celina|
|1C - Brayden||1C/P - Meredith||1M - Lewis||1W - Ruhana|
|2A - Levi||2T/C - Lilly-Anne||2H - Amelia||2W - Ky|
|3D - Samuel||3I - Cooper||3K - Abraham||3T - Sebastian|
|4D - Joseph||4F - Gabriel||4R - Madeline||4Z - Tahlia|
|5D/D - Abbey||5KY - Michael||5KA - Amiru||5R - Marina|
|6BO'C - Kayleigh||6N/S - Olivia||6P - Ryland||6T - Rohit|
Our Stars of the Week!!!!
On Monday this week, we had a member from Microsoft and the AFP Cybersafety unit, speak with parents about students (and us) being safe online. The ‘Think U Know’ sessions were interesting, challenging and engaging.
These presentations covered a range of issues including the ways children use the internet and emerging technologies, potential risks faced by children when online such as cyberbullying, identity theft, inappropriate contact and exposure to inappropriate content along with tips and tricks to help children stay safe online.
I have included some tips from the night that you may find useful.
Children need parents and carers to teach them how to make smart choices about who and what they find online. Here are some tips to help you guide your children's experience online:
- Spend time online with your kids. Check out good sites together. The internet can be a fun family activity!
- Help your kids use the internet as an effective research tool - learn about handy homework tips for kids and also good searching ideas.
- Learn about the world out there. Kids are communicating in a diverse range of ways, from chat to instant messaging and blogs. Learn how these work and what tools they offer to protect your child's privacy.
- Be aware of online stranger danger, particularly in chat rooms. Set house rules about what information your children can give out and where they can go online.
- Put the internet computer and ipads/devices in a public area of the home, such as the living room, rather than a child's bedroom.
- Talk to your kids about their internet experiences, the good and the bad. Let them know it's OK to tell you if they come across something that worries them. (It doesn't mean that they're going to get into trouble)
- Teach your kids that there are ways they can deal with disturbing material - they should not respond if someone says something inappropriate, and they should immediately exit any site if they feel uncomfortable or worried by it.
- Teach children that information on the internet is not always reliable.
- Encourage children to treat others in the same way they should in real life by giving them an understanding of Netiquette.
Remember: Children need parents and family members to help them become cybersmart.
The website is very helpful: https://www.thinkuknow.org.au/
The Disco was a great success last Friday evening. Thank you to the many parents who assisted and the Good Shepherd Netball Club for coordinating. It was a great evening!
National Walk to School Day
Thanks everyone who participated last Friday: it was a fantastic morning. The weather was outstanding and we had many students and families participating. It was great to work so closely with our neighbour school, Amaroo School and come together as a community.
On Thursday June 20, I will be participating in the Vinnies CEO Sleepout (again). I have been encouraged by many to participate-and it is such a worthy cause. I last did this in 2012 and it was an eye-opener!
I will be joining other Principals in our Archdiocese to highlight the serious issue of homelessness across Australia.
Every night, 116 000 Australians experience homelessness.
From young children to the elderly, homelessness continues to be a reality for a growing number of Canberrans.
Money raised from this will directly assist people at risk of, or experiencing homelessness in Canberra by funding new initiatives, helping to ensure existing homelessness services (like Vinnies Night Patrol) continue and expanding the reach of our existing programs to ensure every Australian can access accommodation, meals and emergency assistance when they need it.
As a Vinnies Night Patrol Leader, I see first hand the issue of homelessness in our city. I would love you to support me for this great cause.
On our ‘Winter Woolies Day on Friday 14 June, we will be asking for a gold coin donation to support this cause.
Thank you for your support.
Enrolment Time 2020
I want to remind families that enrolment forms for Kindergarten 2020 are to be completed by 5pm next Friday 31 May (siblings included). If you know families wishing to enrol for 2020, please encourage them to do so by the due date. We adhere strictly to the enrolment policy of Catholic Education, which requires the school to show preference to applications handed in during the Enrolment Period. We already have a large number returned for Kindergarten 2020 and there is a chance places could fill this year.
I commenced enrolment interviews this week and we have some very excited children and families ready for Kinder next year. For children enrolling in Systemic Secondary schools (St John Paul College, St Francis Xavier College and Merici College) as well as the Parish ELCs at Mother Teresa and Holy Spirit, forms need to be completed by the 31st too.
Hats off June and July! Why Hats Off Day?
Being SunSmart is all about being "smart" when spending time outdoors in the sun, this includes having an understanding around the balance between UV exposure, sun protection and vitamin D.
During the summer period, maintaining vitamin D levels should be relatively easy for children who are active and spend time outdoors most days of the week, even with sensible sun protection.
The body should be able to store your summer vitamin D levels over the winter period, however by leaving your hat at home during this low UV period and getting some winter sun exposure to your skin you are more likely to maintain adequate vitamin D levels during this cold period of the year.
In winter, by exposing some skin most days of the week during the lunchtime period (the middle of the day is best because UVB will be present), students and teachers should be able to maintain the bulk of their summer vitamin D. Of course there will be groups in the population that are at higher risk of having vitamin D deficiency. To read more about vitamin D visit Cancer Council ACT's website: https://actcancer.org/.
Wishing God’s blessing on you and your families,
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