Newsletter Week 4 – Term 1 2023


Message from the Principal


This week students attended the Ash Wednesday Mass which marks the preparation for lent. Lent is a time of solemn observance and preparation for the celebration of the death and resurrection of Jesus at Easter. Lent is time for fasting or giving something up. Lent allows us time to clear our minds and hearts ready for remembering Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. The Lenten Season is a time of preparation and penance in the 40 days prior to Easter. During Religious Education classes the children will not only discuss what Lent is about but will also look at ways they can be involved in the Lenten Season such as giving up something i.e. lollies, chocolate, etc. or giving something of themselves i.e. helping around the house or donating to Project Compassion.

Swimming Carnival

What an amazing day we had for our swimming carnival. I was so impressed with the way in which our students supported and cheered for their friends. Well done to Mr B who did a fantastic job preparing for and running the day. A big thankyou to all staff who assisted on the day and to our parent helpers who did a fantastic job. Thankyou to the P&F for running the sausage sizzle.

P&F Welcome Sundowner

Our Welcome Sundowner will be on this Friday 24th February from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM. This Sundowner is a FREE School Community Event.

* Pizza Slices and a Drink for each family member

* Interactive inflatables

* Sports equipment to play with

* Please bring your picnic rug and/or chair

Cyber safety

We live in a world where children as young as one use devices. It is important to educate our children and provide them with support of how to be safe online. There are many ways parents can support their children which can be found on the following site Cyber safety - Department of Education

Advanced Notice

A reminder that Friday 3rd March is a Pupil Free Day and Monday 6th March is a Public Holiday.

Kindergarten 2024

Children born between 1st July 2019 and 30th June 2020 are eligible for Kindergarten 2024. So that your child does not miss out on a spot please get your application in now. Application forms can be obtained via the school website HERE or by phoning the School Office on 6278 9500.


God Bless


Nic Gaglia


Swimming Carnival



Congratulations to all our competitors at the Faction Swimming Carnival and well done to the winning team Maali! Huge thanks to all the staff and parents helpers for making the day run smoothly.




Dates to Remember


2023 Term Dates:


Term 1 

Pupil Free Day

Friday 3rd March

Public Holiday - Labour Day

Monday 6th March:

Parent Interviews

Monday 3rd April   - Early close 12.30 pm

Last day for students

Thursday 6th April

Public Holiday - Good Friday

Friday 7th April:


Please click HERE to view the School Calendar located on our Website.

Year 6 Camp 2023



We arrive at school we are instantly greeted by Mrs Caridi, Mrs Luscombe and all the parents including my mother. In the glimpse of my eye I already know where we are going, I see 2 large buses . Mrs Caridi informs of the basics and rules of camp . I wait excitedly as Mrs claver sharply counts us individually . I pick my seat with my classmate Cruze D’Orazio, the drive starts the bus as all the students scream excitedly we all clearly know this is going to be a life changing moment .

“ shush “ the bus finally opens we finally arrive , we see all of these buildings , when we arrive we pack our heavy bags in the exhausting blazing heat of the hot sun , I took my bags and I arrive at the main field of the giant campsite we eat lunch not knowing the adventure up ahead. And what an adventure it was!

We did some amazing things: Big Swing, Flying Fox, Archery, surf life saving and so much more. Camp 2023, we will never forget you!


Kids Newspaper

eSafety Comissioner




The Education and Training team at eSafety have just launched the Parent and Carer webinars for Term 1 2023.They have listened to feedback and now most of the webinars are 30min long. They include:

  • eSafety 101: how eSafety can help you
  • Setting your child up for success online
  • Getting the most out of gaming
  • Navigating online friendships

To register, please click here.

To download a flyer which can be shared with your school community, please click here.

Naplan 2023

NAPLAN information brochures have  been sent home to parents of students in Year 3 and Year 5 this week.  Please look out for this document that provides information for parents and carers about NAPLAN and how you can support your child.  Your child will sit the NAPLAN online tests except for the Year 3 Writing test which remains in paper format.

Students will be exposed to the format and process of the tests prior to the test period, however please take the time to visit the public demonstrations site with your child to get an idea of what the tests look like and to give them opportunities to practice:

The dates for NAPLAN are Wednesday 15th March – Monday 27th March and although tests will be scheduled for specific days in this time, catch up tests will be conducted during the whole period to give all students an opportunity to complete all tests.

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Congratulations to Year 3B's Annaelle for being selected to be in the state gymnastics team. We wish you all the behest for this amazing opportunity and achievement. Well Done, Annabelle!


Merit Awards



Congratulations to our most recent Merit Certificate winners:

PPB Rocco & Abigail

PPW Dayne & Leo

1B Zane & Sophie

1W Anastasia & Ava

2B Haiden & Gialinh

2W Helena & Samuel

3B Lucy & Japeshwar

3W Wesley & Aguer

4B Charlie & Himani

4W Alexis & Connor

5B Grace & Luke

5W Aria & Taj

6B Cruze & Sunday

6W Darryl & Valentina



Star Class

A big congratulations to Good Shepherd’s Star Class which has been awarded and well earned by 3W. Congratulations to all the students for their efforts and well done to Mrs Mitchell

Faction Points


  Maali House            112

Francis House        80

Noonan House      75

Foley House           91

P&F Page


Sports CarnivalLast week was the Swimming Sports Carnival, at this event the P&F supported the school by running a sausage sizzle. We would like to give a huge shout out and thanks to Alfred’s Kitchen and Borello Beef for their generous donations of the sausages and bread rolls. With the assistance of these businesses and volunteers on the day, we are better able to provide support for the school and community.Facebook PageWe would love you to jump on the Good Shepherd Catholic School P&F Facebook page to stay updated.





The Annual P&F Friend raising Sundowner is today Friday 24th February at 5.30pm. This event will see some fun games and activities as well as a light dinner and a drink provided to all. We ask for catering purposes if you can please register your attendance through the TryBooking Link

We are also looking for Volunteers for the evening so if you are able to please assist please use the following Signup Link

Further details are available through the links above but please feel free to bring along a picnic, picnic rug, chairs and nonalcoholic drinks to enjoy if you wish further nourishment.

Please note this is an Alcohol Free Event.




Holly Vecchio (President)
0424 529 329

Sara Andacic (Vice President)
0407 699 746


Facebook: Click the icon to join the P&F Facebook group



Tuesday 14th March 2023

Hall Meeting room at 6.00pm



The following have celebrated a birthday recently/ will celebrate. We wish them a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY!


Cohen 3B

Donna KKB

Elizabeth KKB

Patience PPB

Aliana 6W

Chandarliea 1B

Saoirse 6B

Grace 6W


Harrison PPB

Myra 4W




Monique 5B

Anderson PPW

Jeremy 1W

Connor 4W

Theodore KKW

Aguer 3W

Heidi 5W

Mrs Smith-Webb

Mrs Darge

Mrs Lazzaroni

Miss Naylor

Mrs Pedulla


Enrolments - Kindergarten 2024


Children born between  1st July 2019 and 30th June 2020 are eligible for Kindergarten 2024.  Kindergarten enrolments are now being accepted at the School Office.

Application forms can be obtained via the school website HERE or by phoning the School Office on 6278 9500.

Applications close Tuesday 28th February 2023





Quick Cliq is our online canteen ordering system that enables caregivers to order and pay for their child's recess or lunch orders online.

Click on the Quick Cliq logo above to sign in to your account.

Click HERE to sign up for your new user account.

A couple of things to note:

  • The cut-off time for ordering for the same day is 8:30 am, any orders received after this time online will be processed for the next canteen day
  • You can order in advance (up to four weeks)
  • The canteen will remain open in the morning for those who would like to order at the canteen counter before school
  • The canteen will still be open for extra purchases for recess and lunch items (for example ice creams)

Parent Workshops

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Centre for Faith Enrichment

Mercedes College Open Day

Saver Plus Community Program

Saver Plus – helping take the stress out of back to school time

The Saver Plus community program has helped over 55,000 Australians take the stress out of back to school time. It’s free for eligible people to join.

At Saver Plus, we pair you with a savings coach while you budget and save over the next 10 months. You attend online workshops to learn tips, tricks and information to grow your budgeting and savings skills. Once you reach your agreed savings goal, ANZ matches your savings dollar-for-dollar, up to $500. You can use that money towards education costs such as uniforms, text books, laptops or extra-curricular activities such as sport or music.

You could be eligible to join Saver Plus if you:

  • have a Centrelink Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card
  • are at least 18 years old
  • have some regular income from work (you or your partner) including casual, part-time, full-time or seasonal (we also accept child support and carer’s payment as income)
  • have a child at school or attend vocational education yourself.

If you’re eligible, start now and we’ll help take the stress out of next year’s back to school.

To find out more, or to apply, go to or call  1300 610 355 

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Facebook & Instragram

Good Shepherd Lockridge has its own Facebook and Instagram Page. Please like our page and follow us as we begin to use this social forum to update you on information and current events happening within our wonderful school.

Click on the icons to view our Instagram/ Facebook pages.