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Welcome to Good Shepherd School

Opened in 2001 as part of the vision of the late Fr. Harry Tompson, S.J., the Good Shepherd School provides an excellent education, paid for by benefactors, in a safe and nurturing environment to at-risk, under-served children in New Orleans. The effect of this exceptional academic opportunity is to empower these children by providing them with the tools to break away from the cycle of poverty into which they are born.

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Dancing With the Stars 2016 – another star-studded lineup!

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Dancing With the Stars the Good Shepherd Way is returning for the third year in a row, September 24, 2016 at the Marriott Grand Ballroom on Canal Street.  If you’ve been to one of our star-studded events, you have experienced the blast of a time that it is.  If you haven’t attended our event, you don’t know what you’re missing!!!  This year’s lineup is chock-full of rising stars who are chomping at the bit to dazzle you with their moves and grooves – you won’t want to miss it!  Click the following links for sponsorship and ticket information: DWTS 2016 Sponsorship Letter  DWTS 2016 Sponsorship Form.  We look forward to seeing you on the dance floor in September!

 

GSS Bids Farewell to Another Year and Those Held Dear…

Yesterday, the GSS family bid farewell to its first 7th grade graduating class since 2013 (the break in class years is due to Katrina).  The last few days have been full of celebrations, tears, “goodbyes” to yesterday and “hellos” to the exciting future that lies ahead.  Our precious little Kindergarten class also graduated and will be crossing the threshold into 1st grade in the Fall – they assertively sang, “First Grade, here we come…First Grade, here we come… the best is yet to come!” And we know that is the truth! Also, The 7th graders are not the only ones that the GSS family will miss having in our school hallways next year.
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Raymond Arroyo Visits the Good Shepherd School

The GSS students were captivated by New York Times Best Selling Author
and New Orleans native, Raymond Arroyo IMG_1498 during his visit to the Good Shepherd School on Monday (April 25, 2016).  Mr. Arroyo, who is also is host of ETWN’s The World Over, so generously shared his time as well as insights into his new book, Will Wilder: The Relic of Perilous Falls.  The animated author, who was also an actor in his “former life” and a Brother Martin graduate, had the students and faculty alike, on the edge of their seats as he described how his adventure story came to be.  He discussed with the children how stories are shaped and how his story is ultimately a book of remembrance and prophecy played out through the supernatural gifts of Will Wilder and the relic that allowed him to see and do what others can’t, ultimately for a greater good.

Mr. Arroyo told the history of his travels throughout England and Ireland that led him to the best selling plot of the Relic of Perilous Falls. The kids, who all read the book prior to the visit, were challenged with IMG_1451questions about the symbolism found in the book – Including the necessity of a dragon that he attributed to G.K. Chesterton who said, “Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be beaten.”

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Founded today, yesterday and for years to come – GSS remembers Fr. Harry Tompson

The festivities today began with a special Mass celebrated by
Archbishop Gregory Aymond, and theDSC_0091 little boy who gave all he had in the Gospel from John 6 (feeding of the 5,000) was at the heart of his message.  The Archbishop challenged our students to take courage and give all they have and know that with God’s blessing, they will always have enough. The challenge will be overcome.  The impossible will become possible.  The dream will become the miraculous reality which is what the Good Shepherd School is today – the dream and vision of one man, who believed that all things are possible if you give all you have to God.

Fr. Harry Tompson, S.J. founded The Good Shepherd School 15 years ago,
just four months before passing away from cancer.  He never saw the first child walk into the school.  HoweDSC_0123ver, he lives and breathes through the children, faculty, staff and benefactors who work to carry out his vision every day!  As incoming president, Tommy Moran Jr., explained, …”foundation day is not simply a remembrance of a past event; it is a living, vibrant responsibility and calling for each of us to add our unique talents, abilities, effort, and heart to the work, to the mission. Foundation is a growing, breathing, and dynamic word.”    Continue Reading →

GSS Family Health Fair Saturday, April 16

The Good Shepherd School in Collaboration with Kingsley House  is
hosting a Family Healthhealthdayimage Fair, Saturday, April 16 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Kingsley House (1600 Constance St. in New Orleans).  Join us for this FREE event and learn what resources and activities are available in the community for your family’s health and wellness. Exhibitors include the following:  Youth Run Nola, Health Screenings, Self-Empowerment Organizations, Mental and Behavioral Health Services and more.

Call or email Catherine Hauth for information:  504-598-9399 or chauth@thegoodshepherdschool.org.  Click here to Download the Flyer