Mon 20 CTJ Pupil Free Day
Tue 21 Class Visits Fr Kerry 5/6H & 5K
Tue 21—Fri 24 Water Safety 1G & 1S
Wed 22 GCC Orientation 2015 Yr 8 - 7B & 7H
Wed 22 Arts Council
Prep-3 only
Fri 24 2AL Grandparents Prayer Assembly & GCPS Morning Tea
Sat 25 Mini Vinnies / SVDP Mass 6:30pm
Mon 27 5K Class Mass 9:15am Room 15
Wed 29 Yr 4 Herberton Excursion
Thu 30 GCPS Day for Daniel—Red Shirts
Fri 31 5/6H World Teachers’ Day
Fri 31 Pre-Prep Session #3


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)


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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,

This Friday we celebrate one of the highlights on the yearly calendar here at Good Counsel Primary School. Grandparents’ Day is an opportunity for our students to show off their work , their classroom and the school to our visitors. Many of our students’ grandparents make the effort to book this date early in the year and spend the morning at school. We will have Year 2AL lead our Prayer Assembly followed by class visits then morning tea and raffles. Please come along to a fantastic morning of activity. Where would we be without Grandparents?

Last Wednesday Year 5 students travelled to Mareeba and Chillagoe for camp. They pitched tents and organised their equipment at the Chillagoe Van Park before visiting the Donna and Royal Arch Limestone Caves. The students were fantastic! They thoroughly enjoyed the activities and the camping experience. Many thanks to the parents who offered up their time to come along as well as Miss Keough and Miss Hampson for their supervision.

Water Safety - This week, Year 1 children have 4 days of swimming at the town pool. During these sessions they will learn survival techniques and water confidence. For the students who cannot swim these sessions are a great lead in for parents to sign your child up for swimming lessons and teach them to swim.

I have received two complaints in the past weeks regarding parking issues at school. Firstly, and very importantly the disabled car park in the Prep drop off area is only to be utilised by cars displaying a disabled permit or sticker. We have several parents who need to utilise this park who have their sticker displayed. Please refrain from using this park at any time if you do not have the right to do so.

The second area of concern is the loading zone on Rankin Street. The sign states it is a Loading Zone from 9.30am - 2.30pm. Outside these times the Loading Zone is a drop off zone. This means cars can pull in and safely drop off students. It is not for short or long term parking.

I do understand parking is always an issue at peak times however your co-operation in these matters would be appreciated.




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.