Newsletter Week 4 – Term 3, 2023


Principal Message

Talking to your Child

One of the easiest ways we can support our children is the simple act of talking to them.  From the moment a child is born, they want to communicate. As parents and educators, we play a vital role in fostering and enhancing these abilities. Engaging in regular conversations with your child helps them build a strong foundation in language skills. The more words they hear and use, the more their vocabulary expands, enhancing their reading, writing, and comprehension skills.

Conversation is a powerful tool for building social and emotional intelligence in children. When you engage in meaningful conversations with your child, you provide them with opportunities to express their thoughts and feelings.  Children are naturally curious, and conversation fuels their thirst for knowledge. When you talk to your child, you encourage their inquisitive nature and stimulate their imagination.

 Tips when Talking to your Child

Active Listening: Show genuine interest in what your child has to say. This encourages them to express themselves openly and honestly.

Open-Ended Questions: Instead of asking yes/no questions, encourage your child to elaborate by asking questions that require thoughtful responses.

Storytelling: Share stories from your own life or read books together, stimulating their imagination and language skills.

Remember, every word you exchange with your child is a step towards their development.

Feast Day Saint Mary MacKillop.

On Tuesday, 8th August, was the Feast Day of Saint Mary MacKillop. St Mary of the Cross MacKillop, was an Australian nun who was born in Melbourne. She is the patron saint of Australia. She truly embodies the spirit of one of her mottos 'Never see a need without doing something about it,' a motto that urges us to take action when we encounter challenges and opportunities to make the world a better place. We are reminded that each of us are able help others by our kindness, generosity, and selflessness, striving to create a community where each action, no matter how small, can make a big difference in someone’s life.

School Student Broadband Initiative 

To boost education opportunities and narrow the digital divide, the Australian Government is working with NBN Co to provide up to 30,000 families with no internet at home free NBN for 12 months. To be eligible, families with school age children can be nominated by participating schools if they do not currently have NBN and do not possess the means to have NBN. If you believe you may be eligible please contact the office.

Carpark Crosswalk

Can I please ask that if you are parking in the Church carpark that you are using the crosswalk to enter school. There are many parents and children who are cutting across the driveway. Using this crosswalk is not only safe but teaches children the safe way to cross a road.


Although NAIOC week is celebrated over the Term 2 school holidays at Good Shepherd we have celebrated it this week. NAIDOC Week celebrates and recognise the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC Week is an opportunity for all Australians to learn about First Nations cultures and histories. This week students have engaged with their buddy class to participate in activities. On Friday morning we had a special NAIDOC week assembly where our school band performed.


God Bless


Nic Gaglia


Senior Leader Message

In week 3, We recently had the book fair opening where Mrs. Tomazin featured amazing books for children to purchase. We Acknowledge the State Cross Country runners who did an amazing job by representing our school and showing amazing sportsmanship throughout the whole day. This week the year 3’s and 5’s took the Bishops Religion Test. On Tuesday was Saint Mary MacKillops Day, which is a very special event for the Catholics and Christians. Also remembering NAIDOC week, we all joined together with our buddies and played some NAIDOC week games, we had so much fun, and we want to thank the teachers for organising the fun activities.

Dates to Remember


Term 3

Naidoc Week

Monday 7th August - Friday 11th august

Book Week - Dress Up Day 

Wednesday 23rd August

Confirmation Workshops @ 4.30pm & 6pm

Wednesday 30th August

Year 6 Confirmation Retreat

Thursday 7th September

Year 6 Sacrament of Confirmation @ 1.30pm

Saturday 9th September

Athletics Carnival

Friday 15th September

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

Kids Newspaper



Book Week 2023

Book Week 2023

      Our Wonderful Good Shepherd Dress Up Day for Book Week will be celebrated on


  • Please save this date and let our beautiful students know about this wonderful event celebrating reading and dressing up in their favourite book character. Also please let students know there is no need to hire costumes.  We love the handmade costumes!!!
  • Also please register your students for the Premier’s Reading Challenge. We have over 300 excited students registered who have a chance to win a wonderful prize each week when logging in their books. We would love Good Shepherd to win the major prize again in 2023 and this will benefit all the students with this major prize win. If you are having trouble registering, please let me know and I can register your children. Kindy to Year 6 are all welcome to register.


When you register, please use the tab: Good Shepherd Catholic School Lockridge

         There are WA Tourism prizes drawn every Friday and the main prize drawn on September 8th . This is when the challenge ends.

  • Students need to log in their books and have read at least 12 books to be in the major draw. Books include take home readers, library books, audio books, local public Library books and even books being read to your child by yourself at home or by me during Storytime that is held every Tuesday morning in the library 8.15am. Please join me every Tuesday morning in the library to listen to our latest and wonderful picture and chapter books.

What a wonderful build up to Book Week to excite the students and promote positive relationships to reading.

If you have any queries, please come and see Helen Tomazin

in the library.

Helen Tomazin

Library Technician

Faction Points

Points Total Term 3 2023

FOLEY       908

MAALI       571

FRANCIS    339

NOONAN    547

P&F Page


Well Book Fair 2023 is done and dusted for another year.  This year we aimed to sell $8000 to help pay for the 2024 Lexile Program.   We are pleased to announce that with all of your support we smashed that target with over $9000 in sales!  Thank you again for helping make our Book Fair a massive success!!  Many thanks go to:-

  • our volunteers without their help, Book Fair would not have happened;
  • Mrs Tomazin and Mrs Caridi for their amazing storytime readings;
  • Event Cinemas Morley for the donation of 70 bags of popcorn for the story time event
  • The ongoing support from all of our teachers and staff at school.


Each year the P&F help support the school and teachers by contributing to things.  So far this year we have donated funds to purchase Dancing on Country Rugs for the year’s 1 and 2; the indigenous sports shirts used at interschool; year 6 classroom furniture; and sports equipment.  We love being able to support our teachers in their wish lists and are always open to more ideas!





With the hugely popular event last year, the P&F are running a Rollerdrome fundraiser for Term 3.  Watch this space for the date and time!!!


We would love if you can spare some time to help make the Father’s day event a success. Signup at  otherwise, let us know or

text Holly 0424 520 329




Holly Vecchio (President)
0424 529 329

Sara Andacic (Vice President)
0407 699 746


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


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


Eimear 1W

Lucy 3B

Jonty 4B

Archer KB

Alessio 5W

Lucas KB

Noah KW

Melody 2W

Nicholas 5B

Declan 6B

Jacob KB

Olivia 6B

Ivory 5W

Aimmerance 5B

Helina 2W

Mrs Morrell

Mrs Millard

Miss Hiss




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)

2025 Kindy Enrolments

Centre for Faith Enrichment

Camp Australia

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