Good Shepherd provides a quality education in a supportive environment which inspires and nurtures everyone to believe that anything is possible. At Good Shepherd, our aim is for each child to receive the care and attention he or she needs to be ‘their best self’.
Good Shepherd intentionally promotes small classes because we know that small classes really do make a difference. Small classes enable us to provide caring, individualised attention to your child to cater for their specific learning needs and strengths. Smaller numbers also mean teachers are aware of every child and can ensure your child stays engaged, understands what is being taught and is able to apply individualised feedback to their learning.
The question, ‘how do children learn best?’ is always at the forefront of our decision making and certainly influences the school’s learning environments, inside and out. We know that students learn and interact differently in different learning spaces and with this in mind we have intentionally developed a dedicated nature play and learning space, EDEN, on our school campus. EDEN includes sand pits, an obstacle course, creek and water play, an outdoor classroom, quiet spaces and a maze.
This is a wonderful facility for outdoor creative play where our students love to use their imagination and the natural resources to build, investigate and problem solve. Just as importantly, EDEN is also a valuable learning space and it is common to find students totally absorbed in a quiet corner, exploring and discovering more about nature.
Inside, the classrooms also reflect current educational thinking with a range of fluid, flexible learning spaces purpose built for collaboration, small group work, creativity and quiet reflection. At Good Shepherd we strive to meet every student’s individual learning style because we know that when students are comfortable and are having their needs met they are more engaged in the learning experience.
Of course, we realise a holistic educational experience includes meeting our students social and emotional needs too. Good Shepherd is committed to providing an environment for its staff, students and wider community that enhances wellbeing. We have implemented some impressive initiatives including appointing a wellbeing leader, coordinating student clubs and hosting parent education sessions.
Good Shepherd has created a wellbeing framework that highlights all the amazing things that we are doing to enhance wellbeing for all members of our school community.
The framework incorporates our values, the International Baccalaureate Learner Profile and our House culture. It is based on Martin Seligman’s ‘PERMA’ model and supports students in cultivating positive emotions, engaging in positive experiences, developing healthy friendships, seeking meaning through service and leadership opportunities and setting goals to achieve success.
These are just some of the exciting opportunities awaiting your child at Good Shepherd. I look forward to meeting with you and sharing how we can inspire your child to be ‘their best self’.
Dip.T., B.Ed., Grad.Dip.Theo.Ed., M.Ed.