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Mary Queen of Heaven Newsletter – 1st June 2023

1st June 2023

Dear Families,

This week we recognise National Reconciliation Week (NRW,) a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia. The theme for National Reconciliation Week 2023, Be a Voice for Generations, encourages all Australians to be a voice for reconciliation in tangible ways in our everyday lives – where we live, work and socialise.

For the work of generations past, and the benefit of generations future, let’s choose to create a more just, equitable and reconciled country for all.



National Sorry Day 2023

On Friday 26th May, we gathered as a school community to recognise National Sorry Day. On this day, we remember and acknowledge the mistreatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who were forcibly removed from their families and communities, which we now know as ‘The Stolen Generations’. 

Sorry Day is important because the children were separated from their families, sometimes never seeing them again. Their families were special to them and they were forcibly removed from them. 

Savannah – Grade 3


Sorry Day is important because it was really sad that the Aboriginal children were taken away from their families. 

Jasper – Grade 3


National Reconciliation Week 2023

Mary Queen of Heaven has been recognising National Reconciliation week by participating in a number of learning experiences that have helped to understand more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, the oldest continuing culture in human history. 


Dreamtime Story Artwork

I listened to Tiddilick the Frog dreamtime story. When I created my artwork, I used sticks for the trees and blue glitter for the pond. Tiddilick the Frog drank all the water. The other animals did not have any left so the animals made him laugh which made him spat out the water. The water made the rivers and lakes.

Joshua – Grade 1 


Bunjil Feather Art

As part of our learning, we have been reading the story of Bunjil The Eagle. We created feathers for Bunjil using Aboriginal symbols and colours.





In the coming week our year 4 students will celebrate the Sacrament of Eucharist.  We ask that you all keep them in your prayers as they continue on their journey through the Initiation into the Catholic Church.  We ask God to bless our candidates and nourish them with his body and blood, bringing them ever closer to him.  For any families who would like to join in celebrating the sacrament, please join us at Good Shepherd Catholic Church Sunday 4th June 3pm



Thank you to all of our families who completed the recent swimming survey.  We strongly encourage families to engage in swimming lessons for their children.  Learning to swim is a skill that all Australians should be equipped with.  We will use the data collected to inform future initiatives at our school.



In recent weeks we have seen some of our families get into their cars at the end of the school day and take off without the children being properly retrained into their seats or wearing seat belts.  This is alarming and VERY dangerous.  Please ensure you take your time to check that your children are secured into their seats, fully seat belted before the car begins to move off.



Children require adult supervision and assistance in the traffic environment. It is important to:

  • Talk together about signs and traffic lights. Identify and discuss places where it is safe to cross the road.

  • Teach your child how to cross roads using the ‘stop, look, listen and think’ process – stop at the kerb, look and listen for traffic and then decide whether it is safe to cross. Take the trip to school together along the safest footpaths and use safe crossing places, such as pedestrian crossings and on straight sections of road.

  • Supervise your child on the way to and from school.

  • Always be a good role model for your child by wearing your own seatbelt, obeying road rules, driving courteously and crossing roads safely.

  • Ask at your child’s school what road safety programs are being taught.


It has been noted that some construction workers are not driving safely around our school.  If you see trucks or tradespeople driving unsafely, PLEASE report them to the company they work for.  It is important we all take responsibility for the safety of our community.



Asthma & Allergies

If your child/children has asthma or any allergies, please notify the office and provide an updated action plan from your doctor as soon as possible. 


Health Care Card Holders

If you hold a current Health Care Card please provide the office with a copy.


Nationally Consistent Collection of Data (NCCD) On School  Students with Disability 

What is the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data? 

Schools must now complete the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with  Disability (NCCD) every year. It counts the number of students who receive additional adjustments  or “help” at school because of a disability. The NCCD helps governments plan for the needs of  students with disability.  

Who is counted in the data collection? 

To count a student in the NCCD, schools must think through some key questions: 

  1. Is the student getting help at school so that they can take part in education on the same  basis as other students? 
  2. Is the help given because of a disability? The word ‘disability’ comes from the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (DDA) and it can include many students. 
  3. Has the school talked to you or your child about the help that they provide? 4. Has the school kept records about the help they provide, the student needs and the reasons  that the student needs this help? The school will need to keep copies of tests, student  work, assessments, records of meetings, medical reports or other paperwork and  information about how the student’s learning is moving along over time. 

Once the school decides that the student should be counted in the NCCD, they then choose a  disability group and one of four levels of help that has been given to the student. 

What does the word ‘disability’ mean in the NCCD? 

In the NCCD the word ‘disability’ comes from the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (DDA). There  are four types of disability that the school can choose from: sensory, cognitive, social-emotional  and physical. 

Many students that need help at school can be counted in the NCCD. For example, students with  learning problems, e.g. specific learning disability or reading difficulty (sometimes called dyslexia),  health problems (e.g. epilepsy or diabetes), physical disability (e.g. cerebral palsy), vision/hearing  loss and social-emotional problems (e.g. selective mutism, Autism Spectrum Disorder, anxiety). 

Letters from doctors or specialists can be very helpful for schools as they plan how to support  students with their learning. Schools do not need to have these letters before they can count a

student in NCCD. Teachers can use all that they know about the student’s learning and the records  that they have collected over time to decide if a student can be counted in the NCCD. 

What sort of help does the school give students? 

Students need different types of help at school. Some students need a little help sometimes while  other students need a lot of help nearly all the time. The type of help given depends on the needs  of the student. The help can include changes to the school buildings or grounds (e.g. ramps or  things like special desks or chairs), extra teacher help in classes, special learning programs, changes  to the work they give the student or extra adult help.  

How will the NCCD be different this year? 

All schools have been counting students in the NCCD since 2015. The government will use the  NCCD data as part of the funding to schools.  

What will the school need to know about my child for the NCCD?  Schools work together with families to understand the needs of each child. It is helpful if families give their child’s teacher a copy of any letters or reports they have. The letters or reports will help  the school understand the child and the help that they might need. Letters from doctors,  psychologists, speech pathologists, doctor, and occupational therapists etc. can be very helpful for  schools. These reports along with information that the teacher has (i.e. school based tests, your  child’s work and learning plans) helps the school to understand and meet your child’s needs. 

What happens to the NCCD data? Who will have the NCCD information?  Each school principal must check the NCCD data in August of each year. The school will give the  information to the Catholic Education Office. The school will work with the Catholic Education  Office to make sure that the NCCD data is OK before they give the data to the government. The  government will not be given the names of any students or any letters or records. Please ask your  school for their privacy policy if you need to know more. 

Does the school need me to agree with them about counting my child in the NCCD? Amendments were made to the Australian Education Act 2013 and Australian Education Regulation  2013). Schools do not need you to agree to let them count a child in the NCCD. You cannot ask the  school not to count your child. 

Where can I find out more? 

Please contact your child’s school if you have further questions about the NCCD and/or refer to the  national NCCD Portal.


School Captains’ report

Throughout this term, all the 3-6 have been learning about Aboriginals and their connection to land. Before the excursion, we were assigned to lead groups and guide them through their activities at Woodlands Park. In separate groups, we taught the Prep – 2s what biodiversity is and how the Aboriginal people used the land for survival. Overall, the excursion was great and each activity was enjoyable and fun. Our favourite was the walk around the park to spot different animals and plants. 

Charlene and Grace, Grade 6


                                                    Last day of Term 2

Please note the last day of Term 2 will be Friday 23rd June. Students will finish at 1pm.

Students can wear casual clothes on the last day of school for a gold coin donation.

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A Word from Our Principal Renae

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  Dear Lord,
As we begin this new school year, we gather as a community of believers, a family of your children. We thank you for the renewal of the past months and our safe delivery to this new place – Mary Queen of Heaven. Bless our children, may they be happy, curious and kind. Bless our staff, may they always put children first and create a space of safety and delight. Bless our parents as they partner with us in their child’s education. We thank you for the promise of the days ahead and for the blessing of your accompaniment. Be with us this year.
Mary, Queen of Heaven Pray for us.

Dear families,

Welcome to the Mary Queen of Heaven school community. A place of learning & wonder where we will live into our school values of love, courage, respect and humility. Mary Queen of Heaven has been a work in progress and thanks to the wonderful support and patience shown by our families, we are ready to share with you all, grow with you all and learn together.
We will communicate with you as best we can to ensure clarity and transparency. Our main forms of communication will be Skoolbag for messages and important information, Seesaw for learning related communication and the ICON parent portal where you will be able to access and change your personal information, school reports, fee statements etc. More information on the ICON portal will come, please ensure you have downloaded the Skoolbag and Seesaw Apps and set notifications to ‘on’.

Before and After school protocols are really important as they help keep our children safe and prepare them for learning. In the mornings we ask all families to drop their children off at the gates where you will be welcomed by a friendly staff member. In the afternoons, families are welcome to come and wait outside for the children to be dismissed. At these times of the day, the adventure playground, sandpit and ball games are discouraged as we don’t have adequate supervision for these areas. Please help us by reminding your children to remain off these areas before and after school.

Our school lunch order program, supplied by Lunchmums begins on 16th February. Please ensure you have downloaded the School Connect App or follow all of the instructions by contacting or or 0425 703 021.
Our capacity to process cash, credit or EFTPOS school fees is now functioning. Please make contact with Teresa in the office in person or by phone to pay your fees. We thank all of our families for supporting us with this.

We are lucky enough to offer an onsite School Psychologist every Wednesday. Maria Sulaiman has been working with children in schools for a number of years. If you feel your child would benefit from this service, please make contact with your child’s teacher.
At various times throughout the school term we will hold closures for staff professional learning. You will be notified of these dates and BIG Childcare will offer holiday programs to assist with childcare.

Parent teacher interviews will be held at the end of term 1 and 3 with formal written reports in term 2 and 4. This is designed to ensure that communication about your child’s learning is evenly spaced throughout the school year. Seesaw will also be utilised as a means of sharing the learning journey of your child with you in the form of ‘on time’ reporting.
School Photos will be taken by Advance Life Photography on Tuesday 28th March. You will be reminded about this date and we require all students to be in full Summer uniform with their jumper or jacket with them.

Parent Support Group (PSG’s) are meetings designed to address the plans, actions and strategies for students with additional needs. These will be held in week 7. Parents will be encouraged to book these using and all PSG’s will be online meetings.
Thursday 2nd March is National ‘Be Kind’ Day. On this day we are going to celebrate kindness by dressing up as anything beginning with ‘B’ to remind us to ‘B’ kind. We will collect a Gold Coin Donation on this day to support our brothers and sisters in Syria and Turkey earthquake relief.

Learning & Teaching News

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Our learning and teaching experiences have begun with much excitement, wonder and awe. Our learners have been fascinated by all of the newness of school and are slowly taking in school routines and our learning space. Much of our learning this term is focussed on community, our vision and how we can harmoniously work and learn together as a learning community.

Each week our staff collaborate and plan learning experiences based on data that is collected on each of the children. Learning experiences are then directed to meet the needs of each individual. You are encouraged to talk to your child about their learning. You might ask questions like “what did you wonder today?” “What did you discover / find out?” “What would you like to find about?” “How did you feel about yourself as a learner today (brave, persistent)?” We will endeavor to communicate with you so you too are part of the learning.

Upcoming Events

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  Dates Events
22 February Ash Wednesday & Opening School Mass
28 February Prep 2024 School Tours (9.30am & 2.00pm)
2 March Be Kind Day
3 March Prep 2024 School Tours (9.30am & 2.00pm)
15 March Sacrament of Reconciliation
This celebration will take place during the school day with our teachers, Father Dishan and the students in the sacred space.  Please keep our Year 3 students in your prayers.
24 March Whole School Closure
28 March School Photo Day
5 – 6 April Parent Teacher Interviews
TBA Official Opening School Blessing – ALL WELCOME

Specialist News

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Monday 13th February will see us kick off our Specialist programs for 2023.  We are so excited to be able to offer:

  • Visual Arts with Cathy
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) with Steven
  • LAM (Italian Language and Music) with Bianca
  • PE with Steven and Josh

Watch this space for celebrations of the wonderful experiences our Specialist team offers the children on a weekly basis.

Community News

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The Good Shepherd, Gladstone Park Parish Renewal Program 2023

Last weekend was the LAUNCH of our Parish Renewal Program – and we would love you to be involved! As we continue to resume a more normal parish life, our Renewal Program provides us with a wonderful opportunity – as individuals and as a community – to reflect on the importance of our Good Shepherd Parish, as we appreciate the past, engage in the present, and plan for the future. The Program considers themes central to parish life and you can follow along at Mass, on our parish Facebook and through updates via the school, email and SMS. We encourage you to take some time to look at the Program brochure – with details on where the parish is now and importantly what are our key priorities in the times ahead – mission, pastoral care and financial. Hard copies have been sent to each school family today – so please look in the school bag of your eldest child.

Click here to view the Program Brochure.

Thoughts from Our Program Leadership Team

Q: Why is celebrating our faith as a parish community important to you?
“Being together at Mass enriches the experience. It’s amazing how much we treasure this now after spending so much time apart in the last few vears.”
“Coming together as a community to celebrate our faith is so important – a shared faith is a growing faith.”

Q: Why is it important to be actively engaged in parish Groups & Ministries?
“For our parish community to function effectively, it requires more than just the parish staff and our priests. We as a community need to be fully engaged with all aspects of parish life for our community and faith to thrive.”

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