Newsletter Week 8 – Term 1, 2024


Principal Message


Easter is the special time when we celebrate Jesus coming back to life after he died. It's the most important part of our Christian beliefs. We remember Good Friday, when Jesus was crucified, which means he was nailed to a cross and died. It was a sad and difficult time for his followers because they thought it was all over. But then, something amazing happened! On the third day, which we now call Easter Sunday, Jesus rose from the dead. His tomb was found empty, and he appeared to his followers, showing them that he was alive again. Easter reminds us that Jesus loves us so much that he was willing to die for us, and his resurrection gives us hope for eternal life with him. So, during Easter, we celebrate with joy and gratitude, knowing that Jesus' resurrection brings hope, redemption, and new beginnings.


Year 3 and 5 have been taking part in NAPLAN. NAPLAN assesses the literacy and numeracy skills that students are learning through the school curriculum and allows parents/carers to see how their child is progressing against national standards and over time. NAPLAN is just one aspect of Good Shepherd’s assessment and reporting processes. It doesn’t replace ongoing assessments made by teachers about student performance, but it can provide teachers with additional information about students’ educational progress.


Last week I was very fortunate to join the Year 6 students at Ern Halliday Recreation Camp. A big thank you goes out to Mrs Purnell and Mr HB for their excellent coordination of the Year 6 Camp. We also extend our gratitude to Mrs Darge who spent day and night with us. Thank you as well to Mrs Manifold for being there each day. Thank you to Mrs Deans and Mrs Lornie for attending and helping out. Special thanks to Mrs Cutler and Mr B for taking the time to visit us during the camp. It was also wonderful to have Father Al visit and even join in with the Archery activity. Throughout the camp, students participated in a variety of engaging activities including The Big Swing, Flying Fox, Archery, Surf Lifesaving, Bike Pump Track, Silent Disco, Minute to Win It challenges, and a visit to the Department of Fisheries. The Silent Disco was particularly memorable, and it's sure to be a cherished memory for the kids for years to come.

Catholic Education Early Childhood Conference

Recently I joined Mrs Panaia, Mrs Musbah and Mrs Mackenzie at the Catholic Education Early Childhood Conference. The Conference brought together educators and experts from various fields to explore innovative approaches to early childhood education. The conference focused on themes such as inquiry-based learning, nature play, and botanical literacies, highlighting the importance of nurturing young learners' curiosity and connection with their environment. Sessions also delved into strategies for enhancing numeracy skills beyond counting, as well as supporting students' social, emotional, and spiritual development. We had the opportunity to engage with inspiring speakers and exchange ideas with passionate educators, gaining valuable insights to enrich their teaching practices and create supportive learning environments for children.

Harmony day

It was inspiring to witness numerous children adorned in traditional attire, a testament to the diverse cultural fabric of our community. Students met with their Buddy class and participated in an activity focused on “Everyone Belongs”. Moreover, we were delighted by the active participation of several parents who graciously shared their cultural heritage with our classes. From reading books in their native languages to showcasing special dances and engaging in cultural dialogues, their involvement added invaluable depth to our Harmony Day activities.

Additionally, the whole school enjoyed an engaging incursion in the hall led by 'Rhythm Fix,' building upon the success of last year's memorable experience. While last year's focus was primarily on African culture, this year's performance expanded to include the vibrant rhythms and traditions of Brazilian culture. It was a dynamic display that further enriched our celebration, providing new insights and fostering a deeper appreciation for cultural diversity. We extend our thanks to all the parents who supported and contributed to making this day truly special.


God Bless


Nic Gaglia



Seniors Leader Message

Hi families,

What a busy couple of weeks it has been. The Year 3 and 5 students have been working super hard due to NAPLAN. Their hard work has paid off as they have been working really hard all term for the best results.

The Year 4’s also had a fun excursion to the Telethon Kids Institute where they learnt about 3D foods.

Last week the Year 6’s went to camp where they spent two nights and three days at Ern Halliday in Hillary’s. They got to participate in so many activities such as Big Swing, Lost Pilot, Archery, Flying Fox and so much more. The Year 6’s thank Mrs Darge, Mrs Purnell, Mr HB and Mr Gaglia for staying the whole time. We also thank Mrs Manifold, Mr B, Ms Lornie, Mrs Deans and Mrs Cutler for coming to help and visit us on camp. So many new friendships were built.

By Marissa and 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 shave will take place on Friday 14th June.

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. 

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.

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Available day/s

Monday                              Tuesday                               Wednesday                                        Thursday

Morning Session                              Afternoon session

Dates to Remember


Term 1

25th March - Early Close Parents Interviews

27th March - Talent Quest

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.

Many Gifts, One Spirit Award

Congratulations to our most recent Many Gifts, One Spirit Award recipients in acknowledgement of showing the school value of  during Term 1, 2024:

Edie is a kind and courteous student. She is kind to her peers and the teachers, and I can always rely on Edie to show respect at all times. She is a delight to have in class, and I feel very lucky to have a student like Edie to see and teach each day. You are a great role model to your peers. Well, done Edie.  


Ashton is a deserving recipient of the Many Gifts One Spirit Award for Term 1 as he demonstrates respect daily at Good Shepherd through his courteous interactions with peers and teachers, always speaking kindly and listening attentively. He consistently follows class and school rules, showing respect for the learning environment and his teachers. Ashton actively participates in group activities, valuing the contributions of his classmates and fostering a collaborative atmosphere. Asthon respects school property demonstrating responsibility and consideration for shared resources.


Merit Awards

Congratulations to our most recent Merit Certificate winners:     

PPB Mia & Charles

PPW Stella & Sadie

1B Kaylyn & Leo

1W Charlie & Leena 

2B Bor, Jordan & Ethan

2W Sahas & Jazmine

3B Kayden, Ezra & Jason

3W Ezra, Romeo & Larah

4B Syd, Siasha, Wesley 

4W Charlotte, Aidan & Angel

5B Catherine, Emily& Alan

5W Suryansh, Vihaan & Sejah

6B Alessio, Dana & Michael

6W Romeo & Kim    

Star Class

A big congratulations to Good Shepherd’s Star Class which has been awarded and well earned by 2B. Congratulations to all the students for their efforts and well done to Mrs Andrew .

Faction Points

Term 1

P & F

Easter raffle & Hot X buns

We would like to thank everyone for their support and contributions to our Easter Raffle.

If any parents would be available to help pack prize bags and distribute hot x buns on Tuesday 26th morning, please contact us via email.

Have a wonderful Easter and school holidays.


Holly Vecchio (President)
0424 529 329

Melissa Bonatto(Vice President)


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


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


Stephanie 4B

Christopher 6B

Zoey 1W

Ella 2W

Bella KW

Sofia 2B

Sohan 4W

Emily 5B

Skylar KB

Kayden 3B

Raffael 3W

Noah KB

Georgia PPW

Grace 6W

Benjamin 3B

Tanya PPB

Bryce KW

Patrick KB

Zane 2W

Chloe 5W




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


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)

Catholic School Parents WA

This year Catholic School Parents WA (CSPWA) celebrates 70 years of representing and advocating on behalf of parents who choose a Catholic Education for their children in Western Australia. To celebrate the occasion, we are hosting a 70th Anniversary conference on the 8th June, and pre-conference dinner, incorporating the Awards of Excellence on the 7th June. Nomination forms for the Awards of Excellence are now available via our website:

Siobhan AllenExecutive Director

Drawing Workshops For Kids

Cartoon Drawing Workshop | Easter Edition | March 23

The Easter Bunny is hopping into Ellenbrook Arts early for a Saturday Morning Cartoon Workshop. Join in the fun in an animal-themed drawing class at Ellenbrook Arts.

DATE: Saturday 23 MarchTIME: 10 am – 11 amLOCATION: Ellenbrook Arts HQ | 34 Main Street, EllenbrookPARKING: Behind HQ on Ellen Stirling ParadePRICE: $24.50 per child (plus booking fees)BOOK HERE: While your child is attending the workshop, you can relax in the breakout area of Ellenbrook Arts. Take your time to explore the gallery or visit the nearby retail outlets, which are conveniently within walking distance. A qualified childcare manager is present at each workshop.

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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