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Blog 2015-2016

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


Year 3 First Holy Communion Mass - Monday 13th June
A great celebration of such an important time in the lives of all of the Year 3's. It was lovely to see them taking their next step in getting closer to God. Congratulations Year 3. Come back soon to have a look at some of the photos from our celebration at school.
Year 2 Collective worship - Friday 13th May
A wonderful Collective worship led by Year 2. you really helped us to understand the meaning of the word 'Messages' and how important it is in our lives. Well done! 

Year 6 SATS - 9th to 13th May
As you all know, this week was largely taken up with S.A.Ts for the Year 6 children. The week ran very smoothly and this was down to the great team work evident throughout the week. I would like to thank the children who, despite being tired especially by the end, worked really hard putting 100% into their tests. They all arrived with smiles on their faces, were punctual and attendance was at 100% even though some of them developed coughs and colds. Funnily enough they enjoyed the week which was evident as they all put their hands up when asked at breakfast time if they would like every week to be a SATS week! Well done children, a great attitude!
I would also like to thank the parents who made sure that their children were in school on time, well rested and who encouraged them and supported them through any nerves they may have experienced at home. The staff at the Good Shepherd also deserve lots of thanks, not only for serving breakfast to the children at 8.15am but also for preparing them so well for the tests, photocopying relevant papers, getting all the equipment ready and being there to do all the little extra jobs that need doing.
Thank you to the Governors too, many of whom acted as observers during the administration of each test giving so generously of their time. Mrs Acid helped too by supplying the breakfast and Mr Roa who set up the tables for us in the hall each. Thank you everybody for the part you played in this week!

HRH Queen Elizabeth's 90th birthday party - Thursday 21st April
Today we celebrated our Queen's 90th birthday by having a street party. The children wore red, white and blue to make a it a special celebration. We all came together, sang the national anthem and then had a fantastic time celebrating such an amazing achievement. Queen Elizabeth II is now Britain's longest-serving monarch. Click on the photo below of all the future monarchs to have a look at some photos!
Queen's 90th Birthday
Basketball - Wednesday 20th April
Year 6 attended their first tournament and they displayed great teamwork. They lost the first match 8-12 against Burford and won the second one 10 -2 against Claremont. All tried really hard showing great marking and never gave up despite the baskets being much higher than any court they've previously played on.
Well done team, we're proud of you!
Basketball April 2016
Easter disco - Friday 18th March
Another fantastic afternoon of discos! The children enjoyed dancing and the activities and treats on offer. Thank you to all the staff and parents that helped during the discos and a big thank you to the FroGS for organising them!
Easter disco
Mother's day liturgy - Firday 4th March
The children of Foundation, Year 1 and Year 2 invited all their mummies and grandmas to a very special liturgy today. Lots of lovely poems, painting and drawings to show their appreciation. We hope you have a wonderful Mother's day this Sunday. Click below to see some photos.

Mother's day liturgy 2016

World book day! - Thursday 3rd March
We had an absolutely brilliant time today for World Book Day 2016. The children and staff came dressed as book characters from every kind of book imaginable! Have a look at the staff photo from the day, can you guess the characters? 
World Book Day

Author day - Friday 26th January
Mark Roberston paid a visit to the Good Shepherd today! We had a brilliant time hearing all his imaginative stories and even got the chance to learn how to draw a dragon! Take a look at a few photos from the day by clicking the picture below.

Author day

Year of Mercy - Monday 11th January
Today Mrs McElroy told us all about the opening of our special door. We also learnt about the opening of the four Holy doors in our Diocese. The children entered Collective Worship through the main hall doors, seeing the words 'Year of Mercy' as they came in. We listened to the importance of this year through the words of Pope Francis and learnt about the corporal acts of mercy, charitable actions by which we come to the aid of our neighbour in their time of need.
Year of Mercy

Christ has no body on earth but ours, no hands, but ours, no feet, but ours.

Ours are the eyes through which the compassion of Christ looks out upon the world.

Ours are the feet with which He goes about doing good.

Ours are the hands with which He blesses His people.

St. Teresa of Avila

Year Readers at The Good Shepherd Church - Sunday 10th January
The children in Year 6 led the parish in the Liturgy of the Word at the 10.00am Mass at The Good Shepherd Church today. They read very well and were a credit to the school and to their families.It was a very busy Mass, with lots of our Year 3 children there following their First Holy Communion preparation lesson in the Parish Centre. As well as this, there were many past pupils at Mass enrolling for the Sacrament of Confirmation. As usual many altar servers supported Father throughout the Mass. Well done to everyone, a real sense of community and of  belonging to a parish family.

Readers at GSC 11th January
Visit from the food bank - Thursday
7th January

Year 5 had a special visit by the Arnold food bank. Helen came in to talk to the children about how their donations help others. Year 5 asked some fantastic questions, wondering all about how they have had an impact on the lives of others. Well done Year 5, a great way to start the year!

Helen Food Bank Visit January 2015
Mass for Epiphany - Wednesday 6th January
The Epiphany is an ancient feast day and is significant in a number of ways. In the East, where it originated, the Epiphany celebrates the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist in the River Jordan. It also celebrates Jesus' birth.The Western Church began celebrating the Epiphany in the 4th century where it was, and still is, associated with the visit of the magi (wise men) to the infant Jesus when God revealed himself to the world through the incarnation of Jesus. According to Matthew 2:11 they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

Epiphany Mass

Carol concert at The Good Shepherd Church - Friday 18th December
The Carol Concert was a lovely way to end the term leaving us all feeling very festive especially with the lovely array of Christmas jumpers on show. Well done to the children who sang so beautifully and to Mrs Newham for working so hard to prepare the carols. Thank you to staff and parents who walked the children down to church safely, to all the readers who took part and for the lovely refreshments provided by FRoGS!
Carol singers


Christmas dinner - Tuesday 15th December

The children and governors donned their party hats and enjoyed a wonderful Christmas dinner together. There were lots of smiles and the dining hall was full of Christmas spirit!

Christmas dinner 2015

Singing at the Hospice- Monday 14th December

Year 4, 5 and 6  choir sang at the Nottinghamshire Hospice on Woodborough Road. The children sang very well and brought the Christmas spirit into the home and then took part in the Liturgy. Well done to you all the children, you were a real credit to the school and to your families!

Hospice singingHospice singing


Year 3 visit Valley Court - Friday 11th December
This morning, twenty Year 3 children, Mrs Newham, Mrs Mansfield, a keyboard and I walked down to Valley Court on Ribblesdale Road. Here the children sang Christmas tunes and carols for the elderly gathered there in the lounge. The children and their angelic singing were a big hit and brought laughter and joy to those there. Afterwards the children were served with refreshments and had a chance to chat to the residents telling them about the Christmas disco and of course their expectations for Christmas Day. It was a lovely way to spend the morning and both the young and the old gained a lot from it. Our thanks go to the children who sang so well, to Mrs Newham for preparing the choir, to Mrs Mansfield who accompanied them, to the parents for allowing the children to go and of course to the residents for encouraging the children. They were all, once again, a real credit to the school. Congratulations children, well done and thank you!




Beginning of the Year of Mercy - Tuesday 8th December

Pope Francis opened the Holy Year of Mercy, in Rome on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception when he opened the Holy Door in Saint Peter’s Basilica. Mass was celebrated all over the world to mark this special Jubilee. In the Cathedral of Saint Barnabas in Nottingham, the Year of Mercy was opened with representatives from the schools in the Diocese celebrating Mass together. Mrs Chadwick and Finan in 5JB, attended the Mass, a great opportunity for them both.

We are all called to celebrate this Year by sharing the mercy of God with others and by being ‘Merciful, like the Father’ (Luke 6:36).

Year of Mercy

Cross country - Wednesday 2nd December

Today, eight children from the Good Shepherd competed in the Cross Country event held at Carlton Le Willows. All of the children competed very well and had a great time. Well done to Poppy, Mairead, Nia, Chiara, Jacob, Joshua, Matthew and Ewan and congratulations to Joshua who came first in the boys race.  Four out of the eight children came in the top twelve, a fantastic result children, we are very proud of you all!

Cross Country

Advent Mass - Monday 30th November

Today we celebrated the beginning of Advent in school. Advent is a term from the Latin word 'adventus' which means "arrival". It is a time of waiting for the arrival of Christmas, the coming of Jesus to Earth when he was born as a baby in Bethlehem. Fr Phillip blessed the wreaths that we now have in our classrooms to remind us of this special time of year.

Advent wreath

Remembrance Mass - Sunday 8th November

The children lead the Liturgy of the Word today at the 10.00 am Mass at church. They read clearly and confidently. They also read the Bidding Prayers and took up the gifts of bread and wine at the Offertory. It is really encouraging to see the number of volunteers increasing each month.

As it was Remembrance Sunday, the children also processed to the altar taking appropriate symbols to help us all to concentrate on the message of this special Sunday. The symbols helped to form part of a display on the altar. The choir sang beautifully as the procession took place making this Mass very special in so many ways.

Thank you to all the children and parents for your contribution and participation!


Remembrance Mass

Remembrance Mass

Year 4 Collective Worship - Friday 6th November

A fantastic way for Year 4 to show us what they have been learning in their RE topic, Called. We saw great role plays, paintings and even some research about special people who have been called by Jesus. We learnt about Sean Devereux, a missionary who gave his life to save others. Click on the word Called to see a few photos.

“While my heart beats, I have to do what I think I can do – that is, help those who are less fortunate” - Sean Devereux

Called CWHarvest Mass - Monday 19th October

We came together to celebrate the harvest and we thought about how lucky we are and how we can help others. Thank you to everyone who brought in a donation to the Arnold food bank, they are very grateful.

Harvest 2015

CAFOD sponsored walk and fruit share - Friday 16th October

Today we donned our multicoloured clothes and brought in piles of fruit for a special cause. Children brought fruit the same colour as their houses: blue, red, yellow, green, orange and purple. Then we took part in a fantastic collective worship led by Joe Hopkins and the chaplaincy team, followed by our sponsored walk. We had a very colourful day!

Click on the CAFOD logo below to see some photos

CAFOD sponsored walk and fruit share 2015

Mass of Thanksgiving & Welcome for Bishop Patrick -Tuesday 29th September

This was held at the Cathedral of Saint Barnabas. The Year Six Chaplaincy Team: Georgia, Matyi, Dominic and Sofia, were lucky enough to be able to attend with Mrs Milner and Mrs Williams. It was a very lively celebration, an experience and memory that will be with all those who attended for a very long time. The cathedral was packed with other representatives from the Pax Christi Trust and other schools from the diocese.

Click below to see a couple of photos from the day

Mass of Thanksgiving and Welcome

National International Day - Thursday 24th September

National International Day was a wonderful opportunity for our school to acknowledge and celebrate countries from around the world. We asked the children to mark this special day by representing a flag from around the world. To do this, year groups were given a part of the world (Europe, Asia, The Americas and Africa) and children were asked to come dressed representing the colours of one flag from that region. It was a very colourful day! We were also able to take this opportunity, as a community, to respond to the national appeal for refugees and are grateful for the donations.

Click on the image below to see some photos of the day

National International Day


2SM Class retreat - Friday 18th September

Thank you to Joe Hopkins for joining us down in year 2 for a wonderful class retreat. The children had a fantastic time and they really enjoyed showing their efforts to everyone who came to watch.

Click below to see some photos of the retreat

2SM Class retreat

The Good Shepherd Chaplaincy team - Friday 11th September

A big thank you to Joe Hopkins, our Chaplain, for coming and helping to arrange a great collective worship. We got to meet our new chaplaincy team and they did a great job leading the collective worship.

Click on the banner to see more.

GSA chaplaincy

Welcome Mass - Thursday 3rd September

Our first Mass of the year to welcome a fantastic year at school. It was great to see so many smiling faces and we're sure this is going to be another brilliant year at The Good Shepherd!

Click on the picture below to see a couple of photos.

Welcome Mass 2015