Thu 21 GCPS Under 8’s Day
Fri 22 Gold Coin Yellow/Orange Dress for
1G & 1S Daffodil Day
Prayer Assembly
Fri 22 Inter-School
Sports #2
Sat 23 Mini Vinnies / SVDP Mass 6:30pm
Fri 29 4PD First Eucharist Prayer Assembly
Fri 29 Inter-School
Sports #3
Sat 30/Sun 31 Sacrament of First Eucharist


Mon 1 56H Class Mass Rm 9 Tue 2 P & F Meeting 7:30pm Theatrette
Fri 5 2AL Father’s Day Prayer Assembly
Fri 5 Inter-School Sports #4
Sun 7 Father’s Day
Sun 7 Sacrament of First Eucharist St Rita’s South Johnstone
Sun 7—Fri 12 Yr 7 Outback Camp


CES Privacy Policy Statement
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)


2014 Interhouse Sports Carnival

Documents & Forms

Current Newsletter

Newsletter Archive

GCPS Library Search

Good Counsel College

Mother of Good Counsel Parish - Innisfail

CyberSmart Website

Find plenty of tools to help you keep your child safe online.


"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,

Over the past few weeks I have had many students comment to me that they had ‘got out’ in their game, not been able to go to sport or hit by accident with a ball in the playground but had moved on and dealt with it.

This is resilience! It is the ability to successfully manage the little things in life and adapt to change and stressful events in healthy and constructive ways. In simple terms, it is our survivability and ability to ‘bounce back’ from life experiences.

Young people today need effective coping skills as they will be faced with challenging situations daily.

Thirty years of research tells us that resilient people are happier, live longer and are more successful in school and jobs, are happier in relationships and are less likely to suffer depression.

We need to continue to build resilience as it is a vital part of schooling and parenting. Maggie Dent - quietly improving lives (www.maggiedent.com)

National Assessment Program
The National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is an annual national assessment for all students in Years 3,5,7 and 9. Students in these year levels participated in the tests during the second term. These tests cover essential skills such as reading, spelling, grammar and punctuation, writing and numeracy. It is important to remember that the results from these tests, at classroom and school reporting level, is one of a number of assessments used by teachers to measure student progress.

Our student results over the years, do vary slightly from test to test and from year cohort to cohort, but on-a-whole, students at Good Counsel Primary demonstrate at or above average results.

Further information for parents about the NAPLAN tests can be viewed on http://www.nap.edu.au/. Students who sat the NAPLAN tests in May this year will receive their results this week. Staff will be analysing student results and looking at supporting those who need extra assistance.

This Thursday we have Under 8’s Day. Our Prep to Year 3 teachers have once again planned a fantastic morning of exciting activities for our younger classes. This year we have individually invited all parents and Pre-Preps who have applied to come to Prep next year. This will be for some, their first introduction to Good Counsel Primary School. Please make them feel welcome.

For the past two days (Sunday and Monday) I have been with our District Athletes at Barlow Park Cairns. Once again, our athletes competed very well against tough competition. Congratulations to Rochelle Hudson who received a 1st in Discus and Shot Put; Trae Masina with a 6th in the 200m heat and 5th in the 100m heat and Sam Tschui who placed 5th in the 800m heat.

Welcome to Amara Ambrum who joined us last Wednesday in Year 3Y. Amara is the cousin to Latoya and Callista in Prep. We welcome her and her mum Talia.

Once again a reminder regarding school satisfaction surveys. Please take 10 minutes to complete the survey on line https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GCPrimaryParent14. If it is easier to complete a pencil and paper survey and return it to the box in the Office, (these are available at the Office). These surveys collect data to assist in providing feedback to the school.

Special congratulations and good luck to Shekinah Giffen who this week travels to Colombo Sri Lanka to represent Australian Youth at the World Youth Scrabble Tournament. We wish her luck and hope she gets many triple word scores.


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.