ALWS Awareness Week 2019

During the week of the 10th June, Good Shepherd Lutheran Primary School took part in many activities to recognise the Australian Lutheran World Service (ALWS) Awareness Week.

ALWS is the overseas aid and resettlement agency of the Lutheran Church of Australia.  The charity invites Lutheran families in Australia and New Zealand to reach out to people impacted by poverty, injustice and crisis.  They work together to support those who are impacted to build a better life for themselves and their families.

Each year, Good Shepherd takes part in ALWS Awareness Week to raise awareness of the needs of others, understand what it means to have compassion and demonstrate ways to support and care for those in need.

Our Senior students led a range of activities during the week to help raise fund for ALWS in Nepal.  The highlight of the week was the ALWS Market Day which consisted of small groups of Year 5 and Year 6 students creating a market stall and selling various items to the rest of the school.  Market stalls consisted of all the children’s favourites such as chocolates, lollies, donuts, slime, games, glitter and plenty more!

At the end of the day, the students raised over $3,000 which is an incredible effort.

Congratulations to all those involved and well done Good Shepherd!

Information Evenings 2019

Information Evenings 2019

Parent Information Evenings commence in Week 3. Parents are encouraged to take this opportunity to meet their child’s new teacher, be informed about the curriculum that will be covered during the year, school and classroom routines, and how we can work together to help your child make the most of the year ahead.

  • Prep Information Evening–Thursday 14 February at 7.30pm (Multipurpose Room)
  • Year 1 Information Evening– Tuesday 19 February at 7.30pm (Multipurpose Room)
  • Year 2 Information Evening– Tuesday 19 February at 7.30pm (Music Centre)
  • Year 3 Information Evening– Thursday 21 February at 7.30pm (Music Centre)
  • Year 4 Information Evening– Thursday 21 February at 7.30pm (Multipurpose Room)
  • Year 5 Information Evening–Tuesday 12 February at 7.30pm (Music Centre)
  • Year 6 Information Evening–Tuesday 12 February at 7.30pm (Multipurpose Room)

Please note that Parent Information Evenings are a parent only event.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Administration Centre or Mrs Lauren Hodges, Executive Assistant.

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.

Adopt a Friend for Christmas Gift Giving Appeal

Maroondah Community Assist has been part of the Maroondah community since 1967.  For 51 years, this not-for-profit agency has been helping the local community with their services and providing emergency relief for those in need.

For the last 25 years, The Good Shepherd Lutheran Primary School in Croydon Hills has been one of the many local groups who contribute to Maroondah Community Assist through their Adopt a Friend for Christmas Gift Giving Appeal.  Each year at Christmas time, the students of Good Shepherd are asked to bring in a small gift which is then distributed to families in need by Maroondah Community Assist.

The Good Shepherd Lutheran Primary School’s Wellbeing Coordinator, Jacinta Fry, coordinates the program, and each year she is greeted with the same amount of enthusiasm and appreciation as the first time Good Shepherd donated.  Part of Jacinta’s role is transporting the gifts and donations to Maroondah Community Assist and she says the experience is always emotional and moving.  The staff are effusive in their thanks and on more than one occasion there have been tears shed over the multitude of donations.

It is easy to see how much of a difference Maroondah Community Assist will be able to make in the community by the relief and joy on their faces as trip after trip is made to bring the gifts inside. The generosity shown by the Good Shepherd community continues to increase with every passing year and we are blessed to be able to assist in a small way to make Christmas an enjoyable time for many families in need in our local area.

Penny Soong, Marketing and Communications Officer

Thinking Through Art – Independent Schools Victoria Study Tour

Visual Thinking Strategies at Good Shepherd

Visual Thinking Strategies is a student-centred process where students interpret artwork through facilitated discussions. The use of artworks for this process is ideal as art is often ambiguous, allowing students to imagine multiple interpretations. Students are able to grow in their creative capacity to explore subject matter with curiosity without the fear of being wrong. This in turn develops their confidence to contribute their ideas and to build on the ideas of others.

Visual Thinking Strategies has become part of the Visual Arts curriculum at Good Shepherd. During VTS discussions students have shown a readiness to accept and build on others’ ideas, a capacity to give original, creative and thoughtful responses and an enjoyment of making meaning together as a class by speculating and clarifying. Usually these classes involve good-humour, lots of peer support and high student engagement. The aim of Visual Thinking Strategies is to empower students with the ability to creatively and critically interpret artworks alone and with peers. With regular Visual Thinking Strategies sessions, they can become independent creative and critical thinkers.

Visual Thinking Strategies Scholarship from Independent Schools Victoria

In May 2019, Independent Schools Victoria (ISV) will be hosting their second Arts Learning Festival.  As part of this festival, ISV created a scholarship program for teachers to travel Boston to train in Visual Thinking Strategies so that then they could return to Melbourne to implement their learnings in their School.  Mrs Jean Lyons, Good Shepherd’s Visual Arts Teacher, was one of the privileged recipients of the Visual Thinking Strategies Scholarship Program.  The small study group comprised of three staff from ISV and ten teachers from independent schools across Victoria.

The Study Group was based at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.  Isabella Stewart Gardner was a collector who travelled the world.  She built a museum to house all of the treasures that she had brought back with her which displays an eclectic and playful mix of paintings, sculptures, furniture, tapestries and sections of ruins and columns.

During the four days of professional learning and training, Mrs Lyons along with her study group practised Visual Thinking Strategies participating as both student and facilitator. As students they were able to practise their own critical thinking, offering interpretations of the artworks and building on the ideas of others. As facilitators they were able to practise three key questions:

  1. What’s going on in this picture?
  2. What do you see that makes you say that?
  3. What more can we find?

They also practised paraphrasing techniques and strategies to draw out students’ responses, leading them to give evidence of their thinking.

The highlight of this trip for Mrs Lyons was the opportunity to see so many amazing original artworks in the many cultural institutions that Boston has to offer: Museum of Fine Arts, The Harvard Art Museums, The Institute of Contemporary Art, The Watershed and of course The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

Overall, the study trip to Boston was very successful, rewarding and inspiring.  Mrs Lyons has come away with an incredible learning experience, meeting and engaging with other art teachers and professional museum contacts in Boston.  The opportunity Independent Schools Victoria has given her further enhances her teaching and facilitating of Visual Arts Strategies at Good Shepherd as an independent, critical thinker.

Jean Lyons, P-6 Visual Arts Teacher
Penny Soong, Marketing and Communications Officer

Good Shepherd introduces Waste Free campaign

Throughout 2018, Good Shepherd Lutheran Primary School has held a number of ‘Nude Food Challenge Days’ to encourage students to reduce the amount of waste that is going into lunchboxes.  This initiative is run by the Maroondah City Council and is in its fourth year.  The Challenge aims to support schools to reduce lunchbox packaging waste and to educate the school community about the benefits of packing healthy, rubbish free lunches.

Across the eight schools participating in the Challenge, the number of lunchbox wrappers was reduced by1,644 pieces – this is equivalent to 337,000 pieces of rubbish no longer going to landfill each year from lunchboxes!

Good Shepherd reduced the most packaging waste, with the number of lunchbox packets down by 1.3 packets, per student – resulting in 676 less pieces of rubbish going to landfill each day from lunchbox waste – an exceptional effort!  To say thank you, the School received a new compost bin, worms and a compost collection caddy for each classroom to assist with recycling food scraps every day.

Inspired by their success and looking to take this initiative one step further, students of Good Shepherd suggested introducing Waste Free Wednesdays encouraging classmates to reduce their lunchbox waste on a weekly basis.  The first of these days was held on Wednesday 7th November and will continue through to the end of the school year.

We look forward to continuing our efforts in reducing packaging waste and promoting sustainability awareness among the Good Shepherd community.

Penny Soong, Marketing and Communications Officer