Newsletter Week 6 – Term 1, 2024

Prayer

Principal Message

Lent

Lent is a special time in the Catholic faith, leading up to Holy Week and Easter. It's a period of 40 days where we reflect and prepare ourselves spiritually for the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. During Lent, we're encouraged to think about how we can become better versions of ourselves, aligning our lives more closely with God's teachings and values. It's like a spiritual journey where we focus on prayer, fasting, and acts of charity to grow closer to God and to others.

As parents, it's a great opportunity to teach our children about the importance of reflection, sacrifice, and compassion. We can encourage them to think about how they can show kindness, generosity, and love to those around them, just as Jesus did. As we're almost halfway through Lent, it's a good time to reflect on how we've been living out these values and to recommit ourselves. It's a season of hope, renewal, and transformation, leading us towards the joy of Easter.

Levels of Behaviour

This year we will be implementing a school wide behavior approach called “levels of behaviour” Agreed levels of behaviour ensure that children and adults develop a shared understanding of behaviour and consequences. As a result, everyone understands behaviours that support learning and well-being and how they can be effectively supported across the school.

Each class has developed its own Purpose Statement which outlines why students believe they attend school. They have also begun defining helpful and unhelpful behaviours. Classes will be sharing more regarding this program at the start of Term 2.

Code of Conduct

The Code of Conduct aims to describe minimum standards of conduct in all behaviour and decision making to ensure the safety and well-being of students. The Code of Conduct applies to staff, students, volunteers, parents and guardians as applicable. The term ‘parents’ includes guardians. We are fortunate at Good Shepherd all members of our school advocate for healthy, supportive relationships where we collaborate for the benefit of our youngest members. 

To report a breach of the Code of Conduct please contact the school office, Assistant Principals or myself.

Code of Conduct

Why is Sleep Important?

When we surveyed our students last year it was very surprising how many stated that they were coming to school tired. Hopefully, you have been receiving the SEESAW posts regarding sleeping tips. Children are all different but as they grow they need sleep. A guide for children aged 6 to 12 is between 9 to 11 hours. So, depending on their age and what time they wake up in the morning a good bedtime would be around 7pm - 8pm. Sleep is important for children’s growth, health and learning. Many studies have shown that the lack of sleep can be linked to mental health issues and children not doing well at school. For further information and tips please follow the link Sleep tips for children | healthdirect

P&F sundowner

Well done to our amazing P&F and the many parent helpers who made our sundowner such a success. It was wonderful to see so many families enjoying themselves. The students were very fortunate to not only enjoy the delicious pizza but also to groove along to the silent disco and engage in a variety of fun activities.

God Bless

Nic Gaglia

Principal

Seniors Leader Message

Hi families and students,

It has been a busy couple of weeks with lots of incursions! The upper years of students started off the week with a visit from Mirrabooka squash. We all had a blast while playing and versing each other in inflatable squash.

On week 6 we had a visit from “Captain Clean Up” where he taught us about global warming and sources of light. He was very entertaining, funny and engaging. At the end we even learnt a song about what we can do to help. It was a great way to teach kids all ages about global warming.

Then on a Thursday we had more visitors. The Fremantle Dockers came to the undercover area where they told some information about themselves. We had number 33, 43,41 and 28 come to visit us. Afterwards, they let some people ask questions and get signatures and then went down to the oval to teach the year 6 class different skills and activities.

By Marissa & Heidi

World's Greatest Shave

The Year 6 team at Good Shepherd will once again be participating in the World’s Greatest Shave. We have seven students and two teachers  who are participating so far. For those who would like to donate, please use the following link https://secure.leukaemiafoundation.org.au/registrant/TeamFundraisingPage.aspx?TeamID=143780The shave will take place on Friday 14th June.

Kids Newspaper

Early Close

In Week 9, Monday 25th March, we have included an EARLY CLOSE of school at 12:30pm.  This is to give all class teachers an opportunity to meet as many parents as possible during their Parent Teacher meetings. It is expected that ALL parents make an appointment with their class teacher/s either on that Monday or Wednesday after school during Week 9.   The Parent Teacher Meetings will be of 10 minutes duration and will give class teachers the opportunity to discuss your child’s progress and any school based assessments and observations. It is essential that you attend and support the school’s efforts to communicate your child’s progress, development and transition to their new year level.  School finishes for all children at 12:30pm on Monday 25th March and we ask that families are punctual in the collection of their child/ren at this time.  If you cannot collect your child at 1230 please make alternative arrangements for them to be collected or book them into Camp Australia Out of School Hours Care which is held in our school hall. 

Information of the online booking system will be sent via SeeSaw during week 6 so please look out for the link to be able to secure the time that best suits your family. 

NAPLAN 2024

MSP Photography WA

Parent Reading Helper

       

Parents, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles for  Reading Roster

We would like to implement the Parent Reading Roster again this year as it has been an amazing success. It really benefitted the children who struggle with reading and do not always receive a lot of home support.  This assists our students to ‘catch up’ by increasing their reading mileage. Therefore, we are once again seeking interested parents/caregivers/grandparents etc who can devote some of your precious time each week to listen to children read. These sessions will take place either first thing in the morning between 8.30 – 9.00 or at the end of the day between 2.30 – 3.00. You will be given some training in the skills, strategies and processes we encourage to foster independent, fluent readers and then allocated a class and day to share your wonderful gift of time. Once we have a bank of available helpers, rosters will be set up for the classes on a needs base. It is imperative that confidentiality is maintained at all times. If you are interested in assisting in this area, please complete the form below and return to the front office by Friday 8th March. We will be in touch in regard to the training sessions.

Kind Regards and thanks in eager anticipation.

Helen Lornie

Literacy Co-ordinator

 

I would like to be a parent helper for the Reading Roster Program and am willing to come to the training session.

Name:                                  ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

Contact Number:             …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

Children/:                            ………………………………………………………………      Class/es:  ……………………………………………………..

Available day/s

Monday                              Tuesday                               Wednesday                                        Thursday

Morning Session                              Afternoon session

Dates to Remember

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Term 1

13th, 14th & 15th March - Year 6 Camp

25th March - Early Close Parents Interviews

28th March - End of Term

29th March - Good Friday

 

Term 2

15th April - Term 2 Commences

25th April - Anzac day Public Holiday

31st May - Pupil free Day

3rd June - WA Day Public Holiday

4th June - Pupil Free Day

28th June - End of Term

 

Term 3

16th July - Term 3 Commences

26th August - Pupil Free Day

20th September - End of Term

 

Term 4

8th October - Term 4 Commences

4th November - Pupil Free Day

6th December - End of Term

 

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

Merit Awards

Congratulations to our most recent Merit Certificate winners:     

PPB Montel & Donna

PPW Bonnie & Jacon

1B Annabelle & Isaac

1W Anderson & Arrabella

2B Ellie & Jujhar

2W Nadia, Abigail & Logan

3B Leo, Evelyn

3W Wilson, Taine & Paris

4B Jhett, Oliver & Addison

4W Luke & Ethan

5B Arya & Isaac

5W Jasmine & Alexander

6B Janelle & Charlotte

6W Charlotte, Vianca & Paul          

Star Class

A big congratulations to Good Shepherd’s Star Class which has been awarded and well earned by 1B . Congratulations to all the students for their efforts and well done to Mrs Panaia & Mrs Cherubino.

Faction Points

Term 1

P & F

Sundowner Success!


Despite the heat, the sundowner was a great success!

Thank you to all the parents who volunteered and to those who helped to pack away. We couldn’t make our events a success without your help

Date Reminders


The next P&F meeting is March 19th 7pm in the school meeting hall.

March 22nd is National ride to school day

CONTACT US


Holly Vecchio (President)
0424 529 329

Melissa Bonatto(Vice President)
04169292961

Email: gsl.pnf@gmail.com

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

Birthdays

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

Birthday

Aguer 4W

Heidi 6W

Bonnie PPW

Kayshaun 6B

Lincoln 6W

Ivan KW

Himani 5B

Jake 6B

Hunter PPw

Vihaan 5W

Luke 6W

Leena  1W

Wesley 5W

Annie KW

 

 

Alexander 5W

Neveah PPW

Summer PPW

Ellie 2B

Taine 3W

Nicholas 4B

Ellanor 1B

Jasmine 5W

Mrs Michaelson

Ms Lornie

Mr Hamilton-Browne

Miss Dedman

Mrs Gillespie

 

 

Canteen

 

The school canteen is open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Students from Kindy – Year 6 are able to order from the canteen( Kindy and Pre Primary Can order lunch only). Please click on this link to view the CANTEEN MENU

The canteen runs with the help of volunteers.  For information on assisting in the canteen please click HERE

CANTEEN ROSTER

Term 1 2024

 

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)

Lockridge Dental Therapy Centre

Reminder Regarding Smile Patrol may be attending Good Shepherd Catholic School

To the parents of Good Shepherd Catholic School ,

Dental Health Services would like to advise that we are not affiliated with the Smile Patrol Program. Dental Health Services is a government-funded service which provides free routine dental care for children aged 4 to 17 years of age, including treatment.

Smile Patrol, as per their website, is a private company based in Victoria, Australia. As always, you are free to choose which dental provider you and your child attend. Please keep in mind that for those who receive $1095 every two years through the Child Dental Benefits Schedule, then these funds will be used to pay for your child’s treatment at Smile Patrol (as per the website). Should your child require further treatment at a private dentist or paediatric specialist, then you may need to pay out of pocket expenses.

Should you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact myself at Guildford Dental Therapy Centre, on 9279 5869.

Thank you and kind regards,

Dr. Joshua Oversby

Dental Officer, Guildford

 

Centre for Faith Enrichment

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.

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