District Athletics Carnival POSTPONED

District Athletics Carnival

New Date: Monday 11th September


Entry Costs:

  • Children and Seniors FREE
  • Adults $5.00

Departure Times:

  • 9am depart Good Shepherd
  • 3pm approx. return to Good Shepherd

Click here to download the Program for the day

Tickets for Sprint Music Concert

Spring Music Concert – Tuesday 17 October

Click here to book your tickets from Monday 4 September

  • Adults – $12
  • Concession – $10
  • Children aged 12 and under – $5
  • Tickets are not required for students performing in the concert

Bookings are made via our lunch order system “Flexischools”.

Year 6 Leadership, Learning and Sustainability Camp

At the beginning of Term 2, our Year 6 students packed their bags and departed for three days at Camp Marysville. The camp was linked to our units of study on Leadership and Teamwork as well as relating to our Integrated Studies unit on Sustainability.

Students participated in a wide range of activities such as cooking scones, muffins or pizzas with ingredients from the on-site garden, canoeing (which involved skills of manoeuvring and getting teachers very wet), rock climbing, low-ropes and bush walking. The camp catered for all abilities and challenged students in different areas. Teamwork was a major focus and we were very proud to see all our students step up to the challenge of working with different peers to solve new problems and interact effectively together.

We received exceptional feedback from the camp leaders who stated that they were surprised how deeply our Year 6 students thought about questions that were asked of them and how well they engaged with the activities. They expressed how this was well above what their expectations were. Of course we felt very proud to hear this feedback. Congratulations to all our students on a wonderful camp and we very much look forward to spending a week in Canberra with you at the end of the year.

“I really enjoyed having people in my cabin that weren’t old friends. I found the rock climbing very challenging but Jett cheered me on. I learnt many things about leadership.” – Richard

“To be a leader means to stand up for other people and make sure everybody is doing what they are meant to be doing, and also being kind to others about it.” – Ashlee

“After attending camp I will try to always work as a team and listen to others’ ideas. I will also try to lead a team even if we are failing.” – Melody

Nude Food Challenge

Good Shepherd is again participating in the Maroondah City Council Nude Food Challenge. On Monday of this week our students took part in a Nude Food audit of their lunchboxes.

The students counted all the different types of food packaging in their lunchboxes. All the packaging and disposable products were recorded on a data sheet and submitted to Maroondah Council. The students will participate in a range of learning activities to help prepare for the Nude Food Challenge. In 2016, Good Shepherd won the Maroondah Nude Food Challenge. We are hoping to repeat our success in 2017. Thank you to Mrs Lauren Payne and the Environmental Captains for organising this activity.

Creative Arts Performance – WALA: The Spirit of Ghana

Throughout the year, students attend a number of Creative Arts Performances. These performances are designed to give students an insight and exposure to the many different dimensions of the Performing Arts. These performances can include opera, stage plays, puppetry, storytelling, musical acts and many more.

On Wednesday, all students attended the Creative Arts Performance, ‘WALA: The Spirit of Ghana’. Three passionate and talented performers shared their Ghanaian culture. They had 15 hand-made African drums and flutes which they used throughout the performance. The performance engaged the audience with a variety of songs and dancing. Students enjoyed the opportunity to dance and shared their appreciation of the talented musicians.

Year 3 Taskworks Excursion

On Wednesday 15th of March, our Year 3 students attended their first excursion of 2017. Their destination was Taskworks in Mulgrave.  Good Shepherd has been visiting Taskworks for several years now as we believe it helps to foster valuable teamwork and problem solving skills and strategies. Children undertake a series of kinaesthetic and interactive challenges that lend themselves to working effectively in a team and listening to peers in order to achieve success. Fun activities included the ‘Cable Maze’, ‘Stomp a Stump’, ‘Pegfast’ and dressing up as various fantasy characters. The children had a fantastic time challenging themselves with the activities and enjoyed the company of their peers. As always, the staff at Taskworks were quick to point out how impressed they were with the way Good Shepherd students conducted themselves and represented the School.

Division Swimming Championships 

Congratulations to all students who represented Good Shepherd at the Division Swimming Carnival on Monday. Of the 18 students who attended, 10 were successful in making their way to the Regional Carnival. This event will be held at Aquanation in Ringwood on Friday 17th March. We wish our students all the very best for this event.

Swimming Success

Congratulations to our Swim Squad who participated in the District Swimming Carnival on Monday. Good Shepherd had 29 students take part, with 18 students qualifying to compete in the Divisional Finals. A tremendous achievement! The hard work and dedication shown by our swimmers (and coaches) was clearly evident.