Mon15 Math Olympiad #5
Fri 19 Jim Graham RL
Fri 19 TERM 3 Ends


Mon 6 Qld Labour Day Holiday
Tue 7 Term 4 commences
Thu 9 NAIDOC Celebrations
Fri 10 Pre-Prep Session #1
Fri 10 Yr 7 Outback Prayer Assembly
Tue 14 Socktober Gold Coin Mission Day
Wed 15 to Fri 17 Yr 5 Chillagoe Camp


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2012 Master Planning
Good Counsel Parish School's Board Policies
Term Dates for 2014

Term 1 (10 weeks)
Tue, Jan 28 to Fri, Apr 04
Term 2 (10 weeks)
Tue, Apr 22 to Fri, Jun 27
Term 3 (10 weeks)
Mon, Jul 14 to Fri, Sep 19
Term 4 (9 weeks)
Tue, Oct 07 to Fri, Dec 05

Public Holidays & Pupil Free Days - 2014
Australia Day
Monday, 27 January Good Friday Friday, 18 April
Easter Monday Monday, 21 April ANZAC Day Friday, 25 April Queen's B'Day Monday, 09 June Innisfail Show Holiday Friday, 11 July Labour Day Monday, 06 October Pupil Free Day Monday, 20 October
Friday Uniform for 2014

Years Prep to 3
Coloured House Shirts

Years 4 to 7

Term 1 & 3
Coloured House Shirts
Term 2 &4
Interschool Uniform
(Yellow & Blue)


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CyberSmart Website

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"Catholic Schools into the Future - Govt. Funding info from 2014"

"Catholic School
Funding Fact"

Gonski Review Parent Q&A's

Gonski Report Key Messages

NCEC Media Release 1st March 2012

QCEC Media Release 6th March 2012







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 together
to educate your child spiritually, academically, physically, socially and emotionally.

Mr. Liam Kenny
Good Counsel Primary Principal

School News and Events
Principal’s Column
Dear Parents,

At the end of this week we complete Term 3 of our school year. Term 3 is notoriously a very busy ten weeks with much teaching and learning as well as sport, excursions and upper school camps. I have noticed in the last two weeks many students falling ill with colds, flu and some with temperatures. Over the holiday break please take the opportunity for them to rest up ready for Term 4 which begins on Tuesday October 7. Monday October 6 is a public holiday for Labour Day.

Last week Year 7 classes visited Charters Towers, Winton and Longreach. This camp is a fantastic opportunity for the students to observe the outback, visit famous attractions and see very different scenery from where we live on the coast. This year the west was in the midst of the worst drought in sixty years with some areas recording 350mm of rain in the last two years. The lack of grass, ex-cessive dust, dry water holes and limited numbers of cattle and sheep were obvi-ous signs of the drought. The people we saw are very resilient, few complained and they all live in hope for some summer rain.

Our students certainly gained an appreciation of our rainfall and many stated they would prefer too much than none at all.

Their highlights included the visit to QANTAS, the Stockman’s Hall of Fame, Cobb & Co, NoGo Station, experiencing the Longreach Agricultural College, Tex-as Longhorns, Age of Dinosaurs and the Waltzing Matilda Centre. For some they could not decide but thought the whole experience was a memory for life.

Next term we will be commencing with NAIDOC celebrations which are held to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Here at GCPS we will highlight the history and culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples through the many activities Mrs Naqicatabua has organised over the past months. This year we have 42 Indige-nous students enrolled across all classes. The highlight of the week will be a visit from Lewis Parter who will perform for the students on Thursday October 9, culmi-nating with the NAIDOC Prayer Assembly on Friday 10 October.

Over the next month our office staff will be involved in a new system roll out of data. This has progressed well thus far and will hopefully be completed by the end of Week 1 next term. Throughout this week Mrs Julie Cross will be working at the front office, so you will see a differ-ent face over the counter and a new voice over the phone, welcoming you to GCPS.

This week we farewell Mrs Amber Di Carlo who will be taking Maternity Leave during Term 4. Amber has been teaching Year 4 (on Thursday and Friday) with Mrs Pensini this year. We wish Amber a well rested break prior to her bundle of joy arriving. Mrs Pensini will be teaching 4PD full time next term which will cause minimal disruption for the students. We will see Amber around as she will have her first child Sienna start-ing Prep next year.

Safe travel if you are going places, and if you’re staying home, enjoy the Innisfail weather.




Good Counsel Primary School Administration is about to undergo a transformation in the upgrade to its office systems—both financial and student. This change is being undertaken across the Cairns Diocese. GCPS is set down for the final two weeks of Term 3.
During this time, both Mrs Dunne and Mrs Archer will be attending training and assisting in the smooth migration of our data to the new system. Mrs Julie Cross will be ‘holding the fort’ in their absence. Please make her feel welcome.
The new system will be taken up at the commencement of Term 4. We ask for your patience whilst our Administration staff are in the ’learning’ phase and understand you may encounter slight delays. We apologise in advance.
Due to this new system, we now request that parents complete the ‘Update to Emergency Contacts’ form, taking special note of Legal surname/first names and DOB for any contacts provided e.g. Jenny—legal name, Jennifer. This is a requirement of the new system to ensure duplication of contacts are minimal.
In anticipation of the upgrade, we ask that all forms be completed in full and returned to the classroom teacher or directly to Administration by no later than Friday, 29th August, 2014.
We thank you in advance for your co-operation and assistance in this challenging time ahead. Look out for more updates in the coming weeks.



Please be aware that the times for the 40 km zone have changed to

  • 7.00am - 9.00am and 2.00pm—4.00pm.

Please be aware of these times and keep our children safe.