Special features of our school
- Sacramental Program
- BYO iPad Program in Years 5 & 6
- Interactive Whiteboards/televisions – available in all classrooms
- Camps for Years 5 & 6
- Inter-school sports and carnivals
- Shakespeare Production – Year 6
- Pastoral Care – Consistently offering additional care for children in need
- Social Skills Program
- Buddies Program – Pre-school – Year 6
- Music Tuition – piano/keyboard and guitar offered during school hours
- Social Club Activities – including art activities, bike and scooter days, games days, discos etc
- Chess Club
- Writers’ Club
- The Arts Club
- Dance Corp
- Mind Challenge Club
- Before & After School Care – offered by Osh Club and our ELC (Pre-school to Kinder)
We are blessed and privileged to have the Holy Spirit Parish Team, Father Mark Croker and Fiona Wilkinson as integral members of our school community.
Our school has been built on the vision of home, school and parish growing together.
The Holy Spirit Parish Team leads our community and directly supports the school through:
- Participation in staff development
- Participation in school community prayer and sacraments
- Classroom visits
- The sacraments and rituals which celebrate children’s experience
- Spiritual support for families
- Leadership of and support for the Sacramental Programs
- Parenting courses
- Prayer and practical support
Please follow the link below to the Holy Spirit Parish website.
National Schools Chaplaincy Program
Holy Spirit Primary School has been very fortunate to take part in the Government’s Student Welfare/Chaplaincy Program. Sharon Harrison has been our Student Welfare Officer since 2013.
Various programs and groups are run at the school, including:
- Mini Vinnies
- Lunchtime Social Club
- Friendship Groups
- Social and Emotional Learning
- Sensory Programs
- Seasons for Growth – for those dealing with grief and loss
For any of the groups that take place during learning time, the children are referred by their teachers and/or parents, and students only take part with the permission of parents/carers.
Sharon also promotes KidsMatter Primary throughout the school community. KidsMatter is a mental health and wellbeing framework for primary schools and is proven to make a positive difference to the lives of Australian children. KidsMatter provides the methods, tools and support to help schools work with parents and carers, health services and the wider community, to nurture happy, balanced kids.
Seasons for Growth
Loss and Grief are issues that effect all of us at some stage of our lives. Learning to deal effectively with these issues is central to personal well-being and happiness. Unresolved grief can also affect a student’s learning. Good Shepherd School is proud to be offering an Australian education program called “Seasons for Growth” every alternate year. This program is designed for children who have experienced significant change in their family because of death, separation or divorce.
The program aims to support participants by exploring issues such as change, loss, managing feelings, coping strategies and support networks. “Seasons for Growth” is an 8-session program, which concludes with an additional ‘Celebration’ session. The groups will also have the opportunity to meet again towards the end of the program to reconnect with their group and discuss ongoing issues.
If you think your child would benefit from the Seasons For Growth program we would encourage you to talk to him/her.
Good Shepherd School is pleased to offer this program and we are confident that it will be a valuable growth experience for those involved. Information for parents can be found at www.goodgrief.org.au. Under Children and Young People’s Program, there is additional information and a short video which very clearly explains the program.
This program will be offered every alternate year.
Holy Spirit is undertaking components of the Kidsmatter program this year. Kidsmatter is a framework for schools to improve the mental health and wellbeing of primary school students.
The four components are to promote:
- A positive school community
- Social and emotional learning for students
- Parenting support and education
- Early intervention for students experiencing mental health difficulties.
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Defence School Mentor Program (DSM)
A Defence School Mentor program (DSM) is located within schools throughout Australia which have significant number of Australian Defence Force (ADF) families. DSMs are funded by the Department of Defence through the Defence Community Organisation (DCO) and are employed as members of a school or educational system.
A DSM provides support and assistance to students of ADF members and their families, particularly during their transition in and out of a school or posting during parental absences due to deployment, exercises and courses.
For more information, click here.
Catholic Care provides the services of a trained counsellor to work with students and families. Referrals to the counsellor may be made by parents and teachers. Children require the permission of their parents or guardians before they visit the counsellor.
Our counsellor is Sharyn Lynch.
Positive Behaviour Program
Through the School Wide Positive Behaviour program, Holy Spirit endeavours to create a safe, inclusive learning environment for all students and staff.
The rules that are taught and reinforced to create this environment in our school are:
- Be Safe
- Be Responsible
- Be a Learner
- Be Respectful
Click here for more information on the Positive Behaviour Program.
Mini Vinnies is a thriving social justice group that follows the motto ‘See, Think, Do’. It is a primary school program connected with the St Vincent de Paul society. As a Catholic school, we follow Jesus and are called to make him real in the world today. Our Mini Vinnies group meets regularly to raise funds for people in need in our community.
Holy Spirit Student Leadership Program
Student leadership and stewardship in the life of the school is facilitated through our Holy Spirt Leadership Program. The aim of this program is to increase children’s self-esteem and develop skills of effective group membership. The relationships developed through this program will contribute strongly to a sense of purpose and belonging for our Year 6 students.
The development of student leadership skills creates opportunities, which encourage children to:
- Act in roles of responsibility
- Use organisational and decision making skills in order to plan and engage in projects through to their completion
- Be active, reflective listeners who respond effectively
- Earn the respect of others through their actions.
There are 4 Leadership Groups in the Program. They are: Hospitality, Mediation, Environmental and Special Projects.
The Buddy program at Holy Spirit has been a part of school life for many years. The aim of the program is to develop, support and nurture peer relationships from Pre-School through to Year 6. The older students in the school take on the role of ‘buddy’ to a student in a lower primary class. Time is spent together establishing positive relationships and assisting younger students with more complex tasks. The Buddy program is vital in building cross grade friendships within the school.
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The Canteen is open from Tuesday to Friday 9am till 2:30pm. Students and staff are able to purchase items from the canteen and lunch orders can be placed online at www.flexischools.com.au. Parents can also order lunch by placing money in a brown paper bag with the order written on the front. Please remember to include your child’s name and class. Online orders only on Fridays.
Our aim is to provide quality and nutritional home cooked meals for the children.
Our menu will constantly be changing until we reach this goal. Little by little we will be removing the pre-packaged food items and replacing them with nutritional restaurant grade home cooked meals.
Empire Catering is working closely with Nutrition Australia to meet every standard that is currently required for our schools to provide nutritional & healthy lunch items for our children. We are also working towards having Jamie Oliver attend our schools in 2017 for some refreshing and motivational ideas towards building a healthier school canteen industry.
We would love to hear any suggestions that you may have, or any food items that you might like to see on the menu. Please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mobile: 0408 200 481