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


Sat 1 All Saints Day
Mon 3 4P Class Mass 9:15am Room 8
Tue 4 Melbourne Cup Hat & Tie - Gold Coin Day for Demi Bettini
Tue 4 P & F Meeting 7:30pm Theatrette
Wed 5 GCC Orientation 2015 Yr 7- 6GH & 6H
Fri 7 Pre-Prep Session #4
Mon 10 2AL & 2/3WC Liturgy 9:15a.m.
Tue 11 Remembrance Day Ceremony
Fri 14 5K Chillagoe Prayer Assembly
Mon 17 PA, PFD, 1G, & 1S Liturgy 9:15a.m.
Thu 20 Yr 6 Leadership Day
Fri 21 Mini Vinnies Prayer Assembly
Fri 28 Preps & Yr 1 Prayer Assembly
Fri 28 GCPS Talent Show


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2012 Master Planning
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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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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,

Firstly thankyou for organising to have so many of your parents attend last Friday’s Grandparents’ Day Prayer Assembly, class visit and morning tea. I have had reports that well over 200 Grampies, Nonnos, Nannas and Nonnas were in attendance and had a wonderful morning back at school. The students were still abuzz Monday morning telling me who attended and what they taught their grandparents in class. Thanks to Mrs Ah Shay and Year 2AL for their fantastic Prayer Assembly. Thanks also to the many who helped Mrs Caltabiano, Mrs Erbacher and Mrs Archer set up and clean up in my absence.

This Friday we celebrate World Teachers’ Day. The theme for 2014 is “Invest in the Future: Invest in Teachers”. Through their work, our teachers sow the seeds of knowledge and faith. They plant hope for the future with the students in their care. Teaching is very rewarding especially when you see the child’s smile after they finally get “it”. Teaching is also challenging and demanding and we depend on the assistance of Jesus who is the first among all teachers. Year 5/6H will be presenting their Prayer Assembly this Friday to celebrate World Teachers’ Day.

Christ the Teacher

Whoever teaches the commandment to love will be called greatest in Heaven.

Year 4 students are off tomorrow on their excursion to Herberton and Ravenshoe. They will visit the Ravenshoe Wind farm, Information Centre and then spend most of the day at the Herberton Historic Village. It is a great day where they will experience much of yester-year, looking at “olden day things”, visiting the 1930’s school room, blacksmith display and train ride. We will depart from Owen Street at 7.30am and return at 5.30pm. Day for Daniel will be celebrated at Good Counsel Primary School this Thursday. Students can wear a red shirt with their normal school uniform.

Day for Daniel is about educating children and adults about being safe through child safety and protection initiatives. It aims to ‘Recognise, React and Report’ if they feel something makes them uncomfortable. No cost to wear red. 50¢ raffle tickets on sale.

Demi Bettini will be known by many in our school community. She was a senior student at Good Counsel Primary School last year and was MacKillop House Captain. Demi is now a student at Good Counsel College. Recently Demi has been diagnosed with osteosarcoma, an aggressive form of cancer in her femur. She is currently away for at least 6 months of treatment in Brisbane. While money can’t buy health or help with the emotional strain, it can certainly ease the financial burden. “Doing it for Demi” is being run on Melbourne Cup Day. This is appropriate as she has a love of horses. Come dressed next Tuesday, Melbourne Cup Day in your best hat and tie. Prizes for the best home made tie and hat..




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.