Welcome to the 2019 School Year

Welcome to the 2019 School Year 

A warm welcome to all as we commence the new school year. In particular, a special welcome to all new families to Good Shepherd. We are pleased to have you join our school community and look forward to coming to know you a little better in the weeks ahead.

First Day

As I am sure you are well aware, students commence on Wednesday 30 January. Our school day officially begins at 8.50am. All students are to go directly to their classrooms. Our School Opening Chapel Service will be held at 9.15am in the School Gym. You are very welcome to join us for this special service to begin the school year.

The Service will be followed by Morning Tea in the adjoining Multipurpose Room at 9.45am. You are very welcome to remain for a while and catch up with other parents over a cup of tea or coffee.

Arrangements for Prep Students 

Our Prep students have a period of transition as they adjust to full time school.

●       Wednesday 30 January – Conclude at 12.30pm

●       Thursday 31 January – Conclude at 12.30pm

●       Friday 1 February – Conclude at 12.30pm

●       Wednesday 6 February – No School for Preps

●       Wednesday 13 February – No School for Preps

●       Wednesday 20 February – No School for Preps

●       Wednesday 27 February – No School for Preps

Our Prep students commence school full-time in the week beginning the 4 March.

Uniform Shop 

I imagine that you have already purchased all of your school uniform requirements. If, however, there are a few last pieces of uniform to be purchased, see below for Uniform Shop Opening Hours;

●       Wednesday 23 January – 1.00pm to 4.00pm

●       Friday 25 January –8.00am to 1.30pm

●       Monday 28 January – CLOSED – Australia Day Public Holiday

●       Wednesday 30 January (First Day of School) – 8.00am to 4.30pm

The Uniform Shop will then return to normal opening hours;

●       Monday – 8.00am to 1.30pm

●       Wednesday – 12.30pm to 4.30pm

●       Friday – 8.00am to 1.30pm

Car Parking for Parents 

Car parking is available in surrounding streets and the McAdam Square Shopping Centre. Parents are reminded to observe Council parking restrictions and avoid blocking residential driveways. The pedestrian lights on Plymouth Road opposite the School are staffed by a Crossing Supervisor before and after school.

The front car park is restricted to dropping off and collecting students. Please do not leave your car unattended in this area. It is a Drop Off and Collection Zone only. The central car spaces are restricted to staff and visitors.

The Golden Ridge Car Park and Luther College Car Park are restricted to staff only. We do thank you for your cooperation. We understand that Plymouth Road and the surrounding streets can be quite congested each morning and afternoon, and do thank you for your patience and understanding.

The Year Ahead 

We have an exciting year ahead of us and we look forward to the journey we have together; a journey filled with many and varied learning experiences for your children and many opportunities for you to develop and grow relationships with others in the Good Shepherd community.

Every blessing to you for the year ahead.

Greg Schneider

PS: Please note the first School Newsletter for 2019 will be published and emailed on Thursday 31 January.