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Blog 2014-2015

Scroll down to the bottom and work your way up to see how our year went!


Leo Rex - Year 6 perfomance

A brilliant performance by Year 6 based on The Lion King. Brilliant singing and acting from everyone, congratulations Year 6! A big thank you to all the staff that helped with everything from costumes, set design, make up and directing.

Click on the link below to have a look at some of the snaps

Leo Rex

Year 6 Leavers' Mass - Friday 10th July

A wonderful commemoration of the seven years that Year 6 students have spent at The Good Shepherd. Thank you to all of the parents and staff for attending this celebration and we wish all of the children continued success in their new schools and hope they continue to do themselves proud. 

Have a look at some of the photos by clicking the link below

Y6 Leavers

Foundation Collective Worship - Friday 3rd July

Well done to Foundation for showing us what it is to be good friends!

Take a look at some photos of a super collective worship

Foundation CW 2015

International week - 29th June to 3rd July

This week we have been looking at all the countries in the world that speak Spanish as their native language, there are 21! So throughout school we spent a day learning lots of wonderful things about our chosen country. We looked at maps, flags, famous people, food and so much more! Below is a little glimpse into our fabulous week.

International week

Year 4 Compass camping adventure - Thursday 2nd & Friday 3rd July

Year 4 have had a brilliant time with the Compass team, they have put up their own tents, done team building activties, tried their hand at archery, roasted marshmallow and many more exciting things!

Click on the tent to have a look at some of the photos.

Year 4 Camping 2015

Callum's spot revamp

 A fantastic remodel of Callum's spot. It is a place for quiet reflection and a wonderful way to remember Callum.

Callum's spot

Chaplaincy team with Joe Hopkins

Thank you to Joe Hopkins for coming in today to talk to year 4 and 5 about joining the chaplaincy team next year. A big well done to the year 6's who came to talk about what it was like to a part of that team this year. Click on the cross for a couple of photos.

Chaplaincy team

Mass for St Peter & St Paul - Monday 29th June

"Both apostles share the same feast day, for these two were one; and even though they suffered on different days, they were as one. Peter went first, and Paul followed. And so we celebrate this day made holy for us by the apostles' blood. Let us embrace what they believed, their life, their labors, their sufferings, their preaching, and their confession of faith." 

 - St Augustine - 

St Peter and St Paul Mass

Ice Cream Friday FRoGS - Friday 26th June

Thank you to FRoGS for organising a great treat, ice cream! Everyone enjoyed it, take a look!

Ice Cream Friday by FRoGS

Best buddy assembly - Wednesday 24th June

A huge congratulations to Guiseppe for receiving the Ann Carpenter Best Buddy Award. The award is named after Ann Carpenter, a member of the Arnold Association of Neighbourhood Watch Schemes committee and is given to a deserving child in Year 5 for being a 'best buddy' and being a good example to all of us.

Best Buddy 2015

Sports day 2015 - Tuesday 23rd & Wednesday 24th June

The whole school had a brilliant time this year! We were lucky with the weather and the support was fantastic. Well done to everyone!

Click on the link below to take a look at a few photos

Sports day 2015

Year 3 Collective Worship - Friday 19th June

Another brilliant collective worship. Year 3 have taught us all about Special Places and pilgrimages. 

Click on this link to have a look at a couple of snaps!

Hathersage 2015, group 2

5JB returned from Hathersage last Friday after an action packed week of walking, orienteering, stream study, conservation and learning about the Reformation. The weather improved as the week progressed but the children did experience some true Derbyshire weather too, four seasons in one day! The behaviour of the children was excellent and they were complemented on their good manners, particularly at the Pool Café where one member of staff declared them to be the best school group she had ever served. The children, I’m sure, will have many great memories of the week, Mr Barfield in particular will never forget his trip to Stanage on Tuesday! I would like to thank Mrs Chadwick who led the trip and also her team of hard working helpers- Mr Barfield, Mrs Mc Culloch, Miss Murphy, Miss Dawes, Mrs Brown and Mr Whittle who joined the group for one day. The whole team worked tirelessly throughout the week, not to mention the hours of preparation needed before hand to make the trip run smoothly and safely. Thank you and well done to the children.

Click on the Hathersage sign to see the photos

Hathersage group 2

Year 3 Circus Skills - Monday 18th May

As a reward for all their hard work through their First Holy Communion, Year 3 have taken part in an afternoon of circus skills! They learnt lots of new skills such as juggling and balancing objects on their heads!

Click on the ticket to see the pictures

Year 3 Circus skills 2015

Year 3 First Holy Communion Mass - Monday 18th May

On Saturday, 16th May, 49 children from The Good Shepherd School, received Holy Communion for the first time at The Good Shepherd Church. It was a wonderful celebration for everyone and it was lovely to see the church so full. On behalf of us all, I would like to thank Mrs McElroy and Mrs Boneham Hill for their dedication and time spent in preparing the children for their special day and also for organising the day itself and ensuring that it all went smoothly. I would also like to thank Miss Tomycz and Mrs Dougal who again have worked hard behind the scenes, organising and preparing the Communion Breakfast for the children and decorating the church hall so beautifully. Many staff were also there on the day, serving the children and the adults with food, teas and coffees. Our thanks go to Mr Barfield, Mrs Allwood, Mrs Mc Culloch, Mrs Bertolaso and Mrs Chadwick. Many thanks also to Mrs Newham, the school choir, parents for your support and of course to our Parish Priest, Canon Philip. A big thank you to you all!

Congratulations Year 3, we are very proud of you all!

Click on the First Communion picture to see some of the photos

First Holy Communion 2015

Year 1 Collective Worship - Friday 8th May

Year 1 led a brilliant Collective Worship all about their current topic, Holydays and Holidays. We learnt about what holidays mean to us and what Holyday really means. Well done Year 1!

Click on the link below to see a few snaps

Year 1 Collective Worship May 2015

Year 1 trip to Perlethorpe - Wednesday 6th May

We had a fantastic, albeit slightly soggy, day at Perlethorpe! We enjoyed using our acting skills in a traditional tales activity and then donned our wellies for some river dipping. Click on the picture below to take a look at some photos.

Year 1 Perlethorpe May 2015

Hathersage 2015, group 1 - 26th April to 1st May

Group 1, 5AM, returned safely after spending 6 nights at Saint Michael’s Field Study Centre in Hathersage where they enjoyed an active and busy week. The children behaved very well and were a credit to their parents and to the School. Activities included a village and graveyard quiz, a walk to Padley and to Stanage Edge, den building in the forest, dry stone wall building, rounders at the local school and a final meal at the Poolside Café. These many outdoor learning experiences, coupled with the development of independence, organisation and team work, helped to make the week an invaluable all round learning opportunity for our children. Well done to Mrs Mansfield’s Class.

I hope that what you have learned and experienced will stand you in good stead for the future and that the residential experience will be part of the many positive memories that you will have of your school days.

Thank you to Mrs Mansfield, Mrs Bertolaso, Miss Dawes and Mr Whittle who worked tirelessly throughout the week and who gave up their own time with their families in order to make this trip possible. Their dedication and commitment was admirable and we are all grateful to them.

Click on the sign below to take a look at some of the wonderful photos of the children having a fantastic time!

Hathersage 2015 Group 1

The Way of The Cross 2015 by Year 5 - Thursday 2nd April

What a fantastic and moving performance from Year 5. You have really displayed your talents and delivered an important message in a really wonderful way, well done!

Click on the picture below to have a look at some of the photos

The Way of The Cross 2015 - Year 5

Easter discos - Friday 27th March

Big thanks to FRoGS for putting on another brilliant set of discos, the children had a brilliant time!

Click on the glitterball Easter egg to see some photos

Easter disco 2015

Sierra Leone Assembly - Friday 20th March

We had a special visitory to tell us all about Sierra Leone and to show us what our fundrasising efforts will be helping to achieve.

Click on the flag of Sierra Leone to see some photos

Sierra Leone Assembly March 2015

Nottingham Post - Friday 20th March

Following our visit from Walton & Allen, they have had a mention in the Nottingham Post with some familiar faces as the main photo!

Click here to take a look

Mother's day Liturgy - Friday 13th March

Key stage 1 lead a wonderful Liturgy celebrating Mother's and all they do for us. Click on the picture of Mary to see some of the photos.

Mother's day liturgy 2015

Maths day 2015 - Monday 9th March

We had an amazing day across The Good Shepherd and enjoyed a fun-filled day of Maths! Click on the links to take a look at some of the brilliant things we got up to!

Key Stage 1

(Foundation, Year 1 & 2)

Key Stage 2

(Year 3, 4, 5 & 6)

Faith in Families - Monday 2nd March

Faith in Families is a charity based here in Nottingham who believe, as we do, that all children have the right to grow up as part of a loving and nurturing family and they provide services for children and families. We learnt lots about adoption and what it can mean for children and their family.

Click on the Faith in Families logo to see a couple of photos from the
assembly and to find the link to learn more about Faith in Families

Faith in Families

Fairtrade assembly - Friday 27th February

We learnt about Fairtrade and all the fantastic work they do around the world. We also discovered lots of products that we did not know were Fairtrade. There was also a sell out Fairtrade food sale, well done everyone!

Click on the Fairtrade logo to take a look at a couple of snaps from the
assembly and to find the link to learn more about Fairtrade

Fairtrade Assembly

Our new high visibility jackets! - Friday 27th February

Year 2 have been able to show off our brilliant new high visibility jackets! Now we will be able to stay safe and visible on any out of school trips. We are very lucky to have these donated by Walton & Allen. Thank you!

Click on the high visibility jacket to take a look at our super jackets!

High Visibility Jackets for GSA

Ali Baba: Year 4 Performance - Friday 13th February


Year 4 have wowed us with their acting skills in a brilliant performance of Ali Baba - well done Year 4!


Click on the link below to take a look at a couple of photos

Ali Baba

Year 2 Aboriginal Art - Thursday 5th February

Year 2 have been doing some brilliant projects in their Australia topic. To have a look at some photos of Year 2 creating their aboriginal art, click on the art inspired outline of Australia.

Year 2 Aboriginal Art

Whole school Mass - Monday 2nd February

We came together as a school to celebrate the Presentation of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Temple. Mary and Joseph take Jesus to the temple, where Simeon blesses the baby and rejoices that the Lord let him live to see this day. Anna, a prophetess, whom "never left the temple but worshipped night and day, fasting and praying” had incredible faith and, like Simeon, she too was enlightened by the Holy Spirit. A special thanks goes to Foundation for bringing that story to life with your role play of the Presentation of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Temple.

Presentation of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Temple

Year 2 Collective Worship - Friday 30th January

Year 2 celebrated a wonderful collective worship with us. They taught us a lot about different books, as well as the Bible, and how they are a big part of our lives. We enjoyed it, well done year 2!

Click on the bible below to see the photos

Year 2 Collective Worship 30.1.15

Gingerbread men making in Year 1 - Wednesday 28th January

In Year 1 we have made gingerbread men! The children got involved mixing the ingredients, rolling out the mixture and cutting out the gingerbread men; even decorating them with eyes and buttons! 

Click on the gingerbread man to see the photos

Gingerbread men in Year 1

Mad Science assembly - Monday 12th January

The Mad Science team came to visit us to show us some great experiments and demostrate how fun science can be! Have you signed up yet?

Click on the Mad Science logo to take a look at a couple of photos!

Mad Science

Epiphany Mass - Tuesday 6th January

We commemorated the visit of the Three Wise Men to the infant Jesus, where they offered Him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. 

Epiphany Mass

Celebration of Advent at The Good Shepherd Academy

Here at GSA we have observed a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas.

Merry Christmas everyone

Advent at GSA

Mr Whittle retirement Mass - Friday 19th December

We celebrated the upcoming holiday and said goodbye to Mr Whittle in our final Mass of 2014. Happy retirement Mr Whittle, you will be missed!

Click on the cartoon of a retired Mr Whittle below to see the photos

Mr Whittle retires

Christmas dinner - Wednesday 17th December

The children and governors sat down to a fantastic Christmas dinner! Everyone enjoyed wearing the hats they made earlier in the week and got into the Christmas spirit. 

Click on the Christmas pudding to see the photos

Christmas dinner

Goodbye Mrs Najuk! - Wednesday 17th December

The Good Shepherd said goodbye to Mrs Najuk today. We wish you a happy and healthy retirement!

Goodbye Mrs Najuk


Year 1 Nativity - Tuesday 9th & Thursday 11th December

This Christmas, Year 1 have put on a fantastic performance on 'It's a Nativity, that's for sure'. They performed the wonderful story of  Jesus' birth and worked very hard, everyone enjoyed their acting and singing!

Click on the nativity scene to see a couple of photos

Year 1 Nativity

FrOGS discos - Friday 5th December

The children at Good Shepherd donned their dancing shoes at the fantastic Christmas discos! They enjoyed the great music and all of the fun activities on offer by FrOGS.

Click on the Christmas disco ball to have a look at some of the
snaps from the Key Stage 1 disco.

Christmas disco photos

Put Your Bats Out - Thursday 4th December

Mr Riley helped us remember Phillip Hughes #63notoutforever

Remember Phillip Hughes


Cross country championships - Wednesday 26th November

The Good Shepherd attended the Cross Country championships in the afternoon and put on a brilliant performance!

Click on the picture below to read the report and find out more.

Cross Country Championship Report

GEM106 visit The Good Shepherd! - Wednesday 26th November

Sam and Amy from GEM106 came to entertain everyone and have some fun. They also brought Dangerous Dave and Sammy, their dancing hamster which everyone loved.

GEM106 Tweet

Click the link below to go to see the School Tour video featuring Ruben & Ellie playing small talk and an 'interview' with Harry!


Click on Sammy the Hamster to have a look at some of the snaps we took, we definitely had a great time!

GEM106 visit The Good Shepherd photos

Anti-bullying week - Monday 17th to Friday 21st November

Anti-Bullying Week 2014 logo

We have been talking about what bullying means and what we can do to stop it. PC 932 Paul Kanikowski, our School Liaison Officer, has been in school to talk about safety and to promote the anti-bullying message. Click on the picture above to find out more about Anti-Bullying week 2014.

Click on the children to have a look at some photos from a fantastic

Anti-Bullying week.

Anti Bullying Week photos

Click on this anti bullying logo to read Roshni's report

Roshni's report

Click on this anti bullying logo to read Megan's report

Megan's report

Click on the Childline logo to find out more about Childline

ChildLine logo

Harvest Mass - Friday 17th October

Click on the harvest picture to read Jasmine's report 

Harvest Mass

Here are a couple of snaps of all the amazing donations, all 435.4kg worth!Harvest Mass donations

Harvest Mass donations


Year 5 National Space Centre trip - Wednesday 15th October

Year 5 visited the National Space Centre in Leicester to cover the Earth, Sun and Moon work they have been doing in science. They also worked in teams to program a Mars Rover as part of the computing curriculum for this term. Looks like they had a fantastic day!

Click on the space centre logo to see the pictures 

Year 5 National Space Centre trip

 CAFOD Harvest Fast Day - Friday 10th October

After postponing our walk due to poor weather on Monday, the children were excited to get their walking boots on and raise money for a worthwhile cause. We walked around the school grounds in our houses and finished with a colourful fruit share. Thank you to all the parents for providing us with so many delicious fruits! Please make sure you remember to collect all your sponsorship money for this worthy charity.

Click on the Big Share logo to see the pictures

Harvest Fast Day_ Big Silly Share_Primary logo


Residentials: Tuesday 30th September

Click on the link below to read Megan's brilliant blog post all about her week away from GSA at The Briars.


                         My week at the Briars


RESIDENTIALS: Monday 29th September

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RESIDENTIALS: Tuesday 23rd September
Our year 6 classes had a wonderful time at The Briars Catholic Youth Retreat Centre in Crich, Derbyshire. This morning half of the group visited the Crich Tramway Village, we had a great time studying sculptures and riding the trams. Luckily the sun was shining too! 

Click on The Briars logo to see the pictures

The Briars Residential