Welcome to Good Counsel Primary........
Welcome to our school. At Good Counsel Primary we value a strong partnership with
families and encourage the building of relationships within a caring and safe community.
It is our belief that children more easily achieve their true potential when parents
feel comfortable being active and involved in the life of the school.
Our teachers and support staff are highly motivated and dedicated professionals who
provide a rich learning environment for their students.
There is much pride in our rich history and traditions and we are inspired that our
students will be empowered to take their place in the world, contributing positively
to the life of the Church and the wider society.
Together we are continually striving for excellence in education within a Christian environment.
Good Counsel Primary School places a strong emphasis on respect for the individual and
the rights of others.
We look forward to establishing a long and happy association with you as we work
to educate your child spiritually, academically, physically, socially and emotionally.
Mr. Liam Kenny
Good Counsel Primary Principal
|School News and Events
| Principal’s Column
It is difficult to comprehend that the year has flown by. This time of the year is when we reflect upon the past 40 weeks and think about the growth and development of each and every student at Good Counsel Primary School. Each child learns at a different rate dependent on their individual experiences. Some will need additional support and at school this is provided in many ways i.e. Role M Maths groups, special aide time, Rainbow Reading groups, Individualised programs, Individualised homework & spelling, counselling support to mention just a few. Thousand of dollars are utilised to help all our students each year. I would like to particularly thank our Class Teachers, School Officers and Learning Support staff who spend many hours catering for the needs of our students. These programs will continue next year with the addition of an extension program for students who need to be challenged. Over the Christmas break, please continue to work with your child reading and doing fun Maths, just to keep the cogs turning. Spending a little time will make a huge difference when they return in the new year.
Tonight we celebrate and farewell our Year 6 & 7 students at their Graduation Mass and Dinner. These 82 students have been a wonderful group who have led our school well this year. They are an enthusiastic, energetic, helpful and cheerful group of students who have journeyed, some for 7 & 8 years together. Our 2014 leaders have made history as they will be our last Year 7 class in primary school and our Year 6 students will next year be the first Year 7 class in secondary school. Next year holds many new challenges for each of them as they begin the next stage of their educational journey. The saving grace is that I feel they have been well prepared by our caring staff. We all wish them well and God’s guidance.
Tomorrow students will take home their report card in an envelope addressed to parents. Please ensure these get home to be read. They should not be opened at school by students. Copies of second reports will be either sent home for students to deliver to non-residing parents or posted from the office.
Classes for 2015 and booklists also go home today. Class allocations have taken many hours this year in an attempt to put the best combination of students together in each group. We take into consideration friendship groups, the special needs of students and the learning needs of groups of students.
At our special Assembly on Monday, our Leadership positions for 2015 were announced, see page 2 for full details. During the assembly our current Captain’s and Student Council handed over symbols of flags, candles and the School Mission Statement to the new leaders of 2015. Thankyou again to our 2014 leaders who have been wonderful role models and a fantastic group with which to work. Congratulations to all Year 6 students (2015) on the positive way they participated in our Leadership Days. Our school community is in good hands for next year. This week we will be busy with various ceremonies, organising rooms and equipment, Christmas Concert 6.30 Thursday and end of Year Mass 9.00am Friday.
I take this opportunity to thank the fantastic staff here at Good Counsel Primary School who work tirelessly to provide the best possible education for your children. Both Teachers and Support Staff who work behind the scenes each and every day go about their work in such a positive way. Thankyou for all the extra things you do to help make school a pleasurable experience for students. Thankyou Father Kerry for his guiding presence in our school and class celebrations.
As we enter the Advent Season, let us not forget the true meaning of Christmas and attempt to take your family to one of the many religious celebrations. This year put the “Christ” back into Christmas. Wishing you all a safe and happy holy holiday.
School concludes with the count down at 12pm.
School resumes Yr 2 - 6 Tuesday 27 January 2015
Prep & Y1 - stagger start - check your individual letter.
CHANGE OF TIMES SCHOOL ZONE
Please be aware that the times for the 40 km zone are :
- 7.00am - 9.00am and 2.00pm—4.00pm.
Please be aware of these times and keep our children safe.