On Friday 26 July, our Banksia students went on an excursion to Golden Ridge Animal Farm. The students thoroughly enjoyed seeing a variety of farm animals and even had the opportunity to feed them. The highlight of the day for many students was milking a cow. 

Good Shepherd celebrated the Feast of the Transfiguration with Bishop Terry Brady on Tuesday 6 August. Bishop Brady celebrated a whole-school Mass to commemorate this very special feast day. After Mass, Bishop Brady enjoyed morning tea and a chat with parents from our school community. On Thursday 8 August, we celebrated the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples by holding a prayer service in the church.The theme for the prayer service was: 'Holy Spirit In This Land.’ On Friday 9 August the Catholic Education Office hosted an inaugural Mass for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students at St Mary's Cathedral. Six Indigenous students from our primary classes had the opportunity to attend this Mass accompanied by Mr Hurley.

The Interschools Public Speaking Competition once again took place this year. Our school sent eight Year 5 and 6 students to this competition. All students involved put in a great effort and two of our students progressed to the second round of the competition. Unfortunately, we didn’t have any students progress to the finals.

In Weeks 6 and 7 we hosted our annual Book Fair. All students and parents were invited to come to the library and take a look at the variety of fiction and non-fiction books available to buy.

On Monday 26 August, Year 1 attended Rouse Hill Farm and Museum for their excursion connected with the HSIE unit 'Families: Past and Present'. The students thoroughly enjoyed the day where they were transported back to the 1800s and spent the day as a typical 7 year-old. 

This term we also had the opportunity to participate in the Sparkathon at Aquinas College, Menai. Four Year 6 students were accompanied by Miss Maisano. The students were involved in a variety of Science/Engineering, Mathematics, General Knowledge, Logic and Drama activities. 

On Friday 30 August we hosted our annual Father’s Day BBQ breakfast and whole-school Mass. It was wonderful to see so many fathers, grandfathers and male role models attend these two events. 

On Saturday 31 August, forty of our Year 6 students were confirmed by Bishop Terry Brady. We pray that through the Sacrament of Confirmation the students will use the gifts of the Holy Spirit wisely throughout their lives. 

On Friday 6 September, Good Shepherd hosted its annual Fun Day. The theme of this year’s fundraising was connected to Book Week. Students and teachers were encouraged to “Read Across the Universe” and the day began with a character book parade. Students were sponsored to complete ‘fun’ activities throughout the day which included Zumba, a Walkathon, a disco and games on the field. The day concluded with a teacher performance of the Children’s Book Council of Australia short-listed book “Too Many Elephants in this House”, written by Ursula Dubosarsky and Andrew Joyner. 

Throughout this term, students from Good Shepherd School have been involved in a variety of sporting events including a Soccer Gala Day with Mr Hird, Regional Athletics with Mr Hunt, Mr Donovan and Mr Hird and the NSW Netball Championships with Mrs Bowyer, Mr Hunt and Mrs Villareal. Overall, we have had a busy but enjoyable term and are looking forward to Term 4!