Raschelle Bischoff

2 children at GSCS: Pre-Prep and Prep

One of my children hated kindy! Before coming to Good Shepherd Christian School he was always crying and upset – which was extremely distressing to us. With him having to commence school, I was very anxious because of our kindy experience.

On our first day at GSCS, everybody was so welcoming. We got a lot of information from the Principal and had a great school tour. We were introduced to all the teachers and the classrooms and experienced a great sense of community; a wonderful family feel.

I was very surprised with the resources here. For being a small school, I don’t know why, but I expected there to be smaller resources. Wrong! When we went into the Prep area there is so much stuff! Computers, home corner, exploration area, books – and the kids love it! Even in Prep they encourage the children to be the best they can be and the staff deal with any issues ‘one on one’ and straight away – which impressed me greatly.

Our son’s confidence has grown enormously because of the bonding between his teacher and himself. He loves exploring the different activities and our son now offers to pray for the day for the family unprompted, and this is a huge deal for us. This is why we chose this school because Christ is threaded throughout the whole curriculum, not just one or two subjects. It promotes a biblical perspective.

The weekly communication between school and home is fantastic. We receive weekly notices and can always speak to our children’s teachers directly. For example: On one occasion my Prep son was upset when I left him, which made me upset, but his teacher called me to say that he had settled well and everything was now okay. This meant a lot to me.

Another great thing my husband and I now notice about our children is they are learning to share more and be more tolerant with others.

I love this school because:

  1. Biblical beliefs are threaded throughout the school and it’s very consistent with us at home.
  2. We adore the community here – so different to any other school we’ve experienced.
  3. The teachers, and especially the principal, are so passionate about their work. For them, it’s not just a job, it’s a vocation.

Beth Nowlan

Beth Nowlan

3 children at GSCS: Pre-Prep, Prep and Year 2

The first thing I noticed about Good Shepherd Christian School is how much the other parents were really welcoming and how I felt at home straight away.

I originally underestimated the value of a Christ-centred bible based Christian education as I had one of my children in the public school system prior and after seeing the major difference in what my children have here at GSCS, and what they’re coming home with through learning Scripture, this school has given our children great brain development.

As an example… one of our children, my daughter, was especially very shy and withdrawn; more so at her previous school. We had difficulties in getting her up to speed with everything. However this year, she’s found the confidence to step out and be herself! We’ve seen big changes in her and we’re so happy because now, she’s so happy.

We had one meeting with the teacher here and now my daughter is excelling – and the teacher has kept me up to date with everything regarding her progression.

If you asked me “What are the three things I love about this school?” They would be:

  1. I’m in love with this school! It has a beautiful family feel to it.
  2. I love how the school incorporates God into their day. They pray with the children which is important to us as a family and permeate Christian values throughout.
  3. I especially love how they incorporate God into the curriculum; English, maths, etc.
    I can confidently say… I’VE FOUND MY SCHOOL!

Shubha Stringfellow

3 children at GSCS: Pre-Prep, Year 1 and Year 4

My husband and I were looking for a smaller school for our three children and GSCS is perfect for us. We heard about Good Shepherd from other parents (with children at the school) and were impressed with what they shared with us.

The Christian values are important to my husband and I.  For example, my son, since attending GSCS, has become more kind and a better behaved person because of the values instilled at this school. One important benefit to our family is School Chapel. This is where our children truly learn about God and share these lessons (when they come home) with the family. I should tell you, all the kids love the School Chaplain!

To me as a mum, the benefits of a smaller school are many. For example:

  • I love the school environment! All the mums know each other and this makes for a much nicer school atmosphere;
  • As parents we have ready access to all our children’s teachers whenever there is an issue requiring discussion;
  • Every teacher knows the names of every student at the school and treats them with individual respect
  • The communication streams between the school and parents are very good.

We were discussing with our neighbour the significant differences and benefits GSCS has made to our children’s lives and consequently our home life. Our neighbour expressed how their child was experiencing misbehaviour patterns at their current school and since then, their child has enrolled in GSCS and they too have seen behavioural improvement with their child.

The school has a lovely, relaxed atmosphere where the children are encouraged to strive for excellence in everything they do. The school facilities are first-rate with the large grounds always being well maintained.

The three things I like about this school?

  1. Because it’s a small school, the teacher(s) can focus on individual students’ needs. That’s a big benefit.
  2. All the children interface well with each other – from Pre-Prep through High School. I have seen many times, students caring for each other.
  3. Great teaching values, life values, and education. These are the qualities we’ve experienced at Good Shepherd Christian School.

Mel McFarland

4 children at GSCS: Years 2, 4, 7 & 9 (2 boys & 2 girls)

I enrolled my children into GSCS three years ago and the Principal was quite amazing, very helpful.

Our children had faced problems at their previous school so I web-searched all Christian Schools on the northside and found GSCS. I was a bit hesitant coming to a smaller school, but honestly, it was all that we wanted – best decision we made! When we came and visited the school, everyone was so helpful and we immediately felt ‘at home.’

Because one of my boys was behind at his previous school, we found one of the great benefits at GSCS is he got a lot more help in the areas he was struggling in. He now seems to be on the path that he wants. When he finishes high school, he’s looking forward to university.

The Christ-centred curriculum is of huge importance to us as a family. Chapel and morning devotions are essential to our children and even though I searched some other Christian schools, I found they didn’t have this same commitment to Christ-centred learning.

The school chaplaincy program at GSCS is wonderful. The Chaplain, Paul Haycock – all my kids love him! My eldest, whom I said earlier, wants to go onto university, has spent time talking with Mr Haycock and this has helped my son greatly.

It’s never difficult to approach the teachers regarding any issues with schooling. One of the things I like particularly about the school is the school ethos – ‘Striving for Excellence.’ I’m so delighted the school will not accept ‘average’ as their standard. Regardless of an individual’s own ability, as long they strive for 150%, regardless of the outcome or result, that’s their “excellence.” I love that.

The school shows so much potential and this is reflected in all areas without losing its core value of a Christ-centred curriculum.

The three things I like most about GSCS are:

  1. The size of the school. This allows for more individual focus on students because of the smaller class sizes. My eldest son went from a D to a B+ due to the concentrated assistance he received. The teachers are definitely “student focused.”
  2. High school subject application – no limitation. My son enquired if it was possible for the school to cater (for him) in a particular subject he wanted to undertake and it was no problem to the school to incorporate this.
  3. A lot of stability at this school. As a family we like routine. Students get this at GSCS and unlike other schools, our children are not shunned for their Christian beliefs.

Jen Holowaty

3 children at GSCS: High School

I’ve had my 3 children at GSCS for 7 years. I was looking for a Christian school that had a strong education behind it. I wanted the Christian values and the educational standards we needed for our children and I felt that GSCS had that. This school is professional.

The Christian values of GSCS have not changed throughout the 7 years we’ve been here, with the school continuing to embed and teach these values throughout the curriculum. My children are now in high school and although my husband and I looked at other high schools, GSCS fulfills completely what we are looking for in high school education.

I particularly value the school’s chaplaincy programme. As a parent I can’t give them everything they need in terms of Christian input, but the school chaplaincy programme is another level that teaches them (at their level) the values of God, Christianity and kindness to others.

The staff are so helpful in all aspects; parent/teacher communication is fantastic, and they will let me know the same day of any issues with any of my children. They understand and know my children like I know my children – and that’s what I want in a teacher.

Having 2 boys and a girl, this school definitely offers them equal opportunities from sports through academics. They’re treated as individuals but they’re also treated the same because boys and girls are given the same opportunities here.

The school consistently promotes leadership opportunities, with us having had one of our children promoted to Primary School Captain. When my daughter received that leadership role it definitely gave her a value of self-worth. At GSCS all children are taught to be leaders and to aspire to be their personal best.

Throughout their seven years at this school, my children have increased in self-confidence and they love going to school – it’s never a struggle to get them to go to school as they enjoy it – and they miss it during the holidays.

My reasons for loving this school?

  1. It focuses on the Lord;
  2. Secondly it has a very high standard of education; and
  3. Thirdly, as a mother, it gives me great joy that the teachers and parents are all on the same level and promote a great sense of school community.

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