Please note there is a Free Dress Day on Thursday 15th February 2018.
Dear Staff members,
A warm welcome back to school to commence the 2018 School year. I hope you have had a relaxing and re-energising holiday and are looking forward to the opportunities of the year ahead.
It has been a remarkable transition from 2017 to 2018 with very few changes to staff. We welcome Jo Chapman who will be working with Kylie Mitchell in the ICT Department during Semester 1.
We welcome back Diana Nagorcka (Senior School Musical Semester 1 and ICT Semester 2) and Amanda Bendle (Music/Choral) who are both returning from Maternity Leave.
We also welcome Claire Kempster to our Music Department as a Woodwind Teacher.
Please make our new staff members feel very welcome and support them in their transition into Good Shepherd.
All staff commence on Thursday 25 January at 9.00am for our first Staff Devotion and Staff Meeting for the year. Friday 26 is a Public Holiday, and then we meet again on Monday and Tuesday prior to students commencing on Wednesday 31 January.
Looking forward to seeing you all again on Thursday 25th.
May 2018 be a year filled with many blessings as we again work together to make the Good Shepherd learning experience the very best it can be for our students and their families.
Your troublesome students are waiting for an adult to connect with and please, and be accepted by. Why not be that adult?
Human offspring have the longest dependency period of any species. They depend on adults in their lives to survive and thrive more any other species offspring. Surviving and thriving will depend on connecting with, pleasing and being accepted by adults in their lives. It’s why it’s been built into their DNA, and they have natural tendencies to want to connect, please and be accepted.
Unfortunately, some are born into life situations where connecting, pleasing and being accepted is difficult. Yes, kids can do things that aren’t good for them or adults simply won’t like. But it’s how adults choose to look at what they do that determines how adults feel, and what they say or do to or with kids. It’s not what the kids say or do that upsets adults. Their thoughts upset them, not what kids do.
Kids’ symbolic self – the person they want to be and be seen as by others – stems from wanting to connect and please, and be accepted. When they can’t, that’s threatening to their symbolic self. Kids can start plugging into their fight or flight responses very early in life. Many become like turtles, quick to suck into their shells, but some become like rattlesnakes, quick to coil, rattle and even strike out with venom. It’s easy to take offense at the latter, but it’s really all defensive.
But somewhere inside both the turtles and rattlers is that kid who still just wants to connect, please and be accepted. Why not be the one that gets him/her to take a chance on adults again. What could be more rewarding than being that person? Isn’t that the experience you hoped for when choosing to become a teacher?
Education Consultant, Speaker, Educator, Author
Thursday 25th January
|9 – 9.10am||Staff Devotion – Mark|
|9.15 – 10.45am||Staff Meeting – All staff|
|10.45-11.15am||Recess – Morning Tea Provided|
|Professional Learning Session 1 – Greg
|1.45-3.00pm||Professional Learning – Online Training Modules
|3-4pm||Staff preparation and planning time/ Transition Conversations|
|4pm||Close of day|
Monday 29th January
|8.45 – 9am||Staff Devotion – Greg|
|9 – 11am||First Aid Training (Group 1 ) – Teresa/Hearo HQ
Professional Learning Session 2 (Group 2) – TBC
|First Aid Training (Group 1) – Teresa/Hearo HQ
Professional Learning Session 3 (Group 2) – TBC
|2.45-4pm||Staff preparation and planning time/ Transition Conversations|
|4pm||Close of day|
Tuesday 30th January
|9 – 9.10am||Staff Devotion – Rick|
|9.15 – 9.45am||Staff Meeting – Greg
|9.45-11am||Professional Learning Session 4 – Rick
Dealing with Difficult Conversations & Restorative Practice Refresher
|11.30-12.45pm||Staff preparation and planning time|
|1.30-4pm||Staff preparation and planning time|
|4pm||Close of day/ Happy Hour|
Wednesday 31st January
|8.20am||Staff Devotion – Kirsty|
|8.50am||First Bell – Students in classrooms, ready to move to Chapel|
|9.15am||Opening Worship Service – Mark|
|10.00am||Parent Morning Tea – Multi-Purpose Room|
Please find the arrangements for Monday and Tuesday below.
- 9am Start
- Devotion (Jane) followed by Staff Meeting
- Morning Tea provided by the Ridley family (a thank you to the Good Shepherd staff)
- No further planned/structured sessions for staff
- Transition conversations, general tidying, other jobs from Staff Meeting to be conducted
- 4pm close of day
- 9am start
- Staff Briefing (no staff devotion)
- No planned/structured sessions for staff
- Transition conversations, general tidying, other jobs
- 12.30pm Staff Christmas Lunch – Gym/Terrace Area
- 2pm Closing Worship Service/ Close of Day
- 7pm Staff Christmas Party (RACV Country Club, Healesville)
- Administration Centre Closes 1pm
If you have any questions, please let me know.
Thank you to Jason and the large team of helpers who ensured our Swimming Carnival was successful. The students seemed to have a great day and I have received positive feedback from parents. Well done!
Attention All Staff,
Dear Classroom Teachers,