Thu 20 Yr 6 Leadership Day
Fri 21 Mini Vinnies Prayer Assembly
Sat 22 St Vincent de Paul Choir singing at 6:30pm Mass - Mini Vinnies invited
Wed 26 Billy Slater League Tag - Callendar Park
Fri 28 Preps & Yr 1 Prayer Assembly
Fri 28 GCPS Talent Show


Mon 1 Leadership Assembly
Tue 2 Yr 6 & 7 Graduation Mass 6:00pm
Thu 4 Christmas Concert
Fri 5 GCPS End of Year Mass 9:00a.m.


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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)


Documents & Forms

Current Newsletter

Newsletter Archive

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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,

It is hard to believe that we have only three weeks of the term remaining. Students are busily completing assessment tasks and testing, while teachers are focussed on teaching, marking and writing reports.

With the change to warmer weather, please ensure you are providing a healthy breakfast followed up by a nutritious lunch. We will be encouraging students to drink plenty of water over the next few weeks as the temperature rises.

It was a hive of activity today as our long awaited chess pieces arrived from Sydney. Many thanks must go to Mr Ferguson (father of Lachlyn and Elliott), for organising his contacts to pick up and deliver the pieces. Thanks also to Blenners Transport for their assistance. The giant set of chess and checkers can be played on the black and blue board that was marked out during the last holidays. Just for interest, chess is thought to have been played for over 1500 years, originating in India before spreading to Persia then Europe.

I’ve got the moves!

It was wonderful to have so many parents attend the Prep, Year 1, Year 2 and Year 2/3 liturgies over the past two days. Thanks to Father Kerry and the teachers for organising these special occasions.

The Good Counsel Primary School World Cup Soccer is coming to a close with the finals beginning held tomorrow. Each lunch time there has been a frenzy of colour as each team played off to ultimately crown the champion Year 6/7 and Year 4/5 winners. On Friday at lunch time these champions will play for the coveted Gold World Cup. This year has been one of the closest competitions with many Nil All Draws occurring— outstanding attack and defence has been on show. Thanks to Mr Brunetto for organising and officiating at each game.

This week we kick off our annual Handball Competition which this year has been extended to Year 3 teams. Students partner up and play against their class mates to determine the top two teams from each year level. Games will be played before school and during lunch breaks over the next three weeks. The top two teams then play on finals day (TBA) then the School Champion Team will play off.

Talent Show nomination forms were released yesterday. Students can enter to showcase the abundant talent we have at Good Counsel Primary School. Dancing, singing, instrumental performances, hula hooping and skipping will all be on show for our Talent Show 2014. We have timetabled this event for Friday 28 November in the blue covered area at 1.30pm. Please come along and observe the talent we will have on display.

Many thanks to the hundreds of families who have returned the School Renewal Survey to the Office. Please complete and return these by the end of next week to go into the running to win the Iconia One 7 Acer Tablet.

Calypso Coaches will run a special bus service for the final week of school for those students who usually travel on the Mission Beach/Tully run. Calypso Coaches will notify you of pick up times via letter. Pick up points will be the Hub, Cassowary, Tully and the El Arish Service Station. The school will absorb the cost of this service.




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.