Jesus Good Shepherd School
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There are two religious orders both having a similar name...Sisters of Jesus Good Shepherds SJGS or Pastorelle Sisters and the other one Sisters of the Good Shepherd. They've been put together here. The first are an Italian order that was invited into the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne in 1955 bt Fr. Percy Jones to run the parish kindergarten called St. Georges, later the Sacred Heart and also to run a women's hostel for Italian proxy brides post WWII in Carlton, suburb of Melbourne. Later these nuns broke away from the Carlton parish and opened a kindergarten of their own called The Guardian Angel Kindergarten at Fitzroy and later another annexed to their own convent and novitiate called The Jesus Good Shepherd Kindergarten at 200 Smith Street Thornbury. They later sold both kindergartens as the sisters were aging and there were no new sisters to continue all the work they had taken on...also because legislation concerning childcare became more involved. The two orders are totally distinct from each other. I was the first Australian recruit to the Pastorelle Sisters (Sisters of Jesus Good Shepherd SJGS) in February 1960 having been sent to Italy for my Novitiate. I'd been straying at the Hostel until my mother found suitable accommodation for both of us as I'd just left boarding school in Sydney, we'd moved back to Melbourne and accommodation was scarce and expensive. I hope that's enough proof that my facts are correct.
The Pastorelle Sisters or Sisters of Jesus Good Shepherds now have their home convent at 5 Nash Court Bundoora and due to the lack of new local recruits for a very long time they are all over 60 yrs of age. They are no longer considered by the church as an Australian delegation of their order in Italy but have been amalgamated with the Philippines and one other Asian Delegation as a Province. There are 10 Pastorelle Sisters in Australia. They are dispersed in three parishes...Thomastown, Victoria, Pahenham S.A and I think one other and are referred to in Australia as a "House of Special Statute". They have no novitiate because there are no recruits and nobody to instruct any who would show interest. Any prospective Novices have to go to the Philippines. I don't know about the other order of similar name.
The Pastorelle Sisters were invited to Australia from Italy in 1955. Their Founder was Fr. James Alberione who has since been made "Blessed" and in the process of being canonised a saint of the Catholic Church.Anyone wanting more information can do a search under pastorelle.org. The Sisters of jesus Good Shepherd or Pastorelle Sisters are of Italian origin and their calling is to do pastoral work, they've never run a school to teach children. The kindergartens were a means to establish contact with the people of the parish. The other order of similar name is either of Australian or of other origin. The two are totally distinct from each other.
I hope this clarifies. The Pastorelle Sisters in 2008 published an in house account of their 50 years in Australia. The book written by Annamaria Davine is called Building Community.
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|Jesus Good Shepherd School
Paaralan ni Hesus na Mabuting Pastol
|Good Shepherd St., Palico II,
|Type||Private, Catholic, Coeducational|
|Motto||True To My Faith|
|Principal||Sr. Ales Paz Pamplona, SJBP|
|Enrollment||₱40, 000 to ₱50, 000|
|Campus||JGSS Imus and JGSDC Pangasinan|
|Athletics||Basketball, Volleyball, Badminton, Chess, Table Tennis|
|Affiliations||Pastorelle Sisters, Pauline Family|
|Hymn||The Alma Mater Song|
|Parish||Our Lady of the Pillar Cathedral Parish|
Jesus Good Shepherd School (JGSS, Good Shepherd or simply Shepherd), founded in 1965, is a private Catholic coeducational institution at Barangay Palico II, Imus, in the province of Cavite, in the Philippines. JGSS is the first school in the country founded by the Sisters of Jesus Good Shepherd or the Pastorelle Sisters (S.J.B.P.).
- 1 Vision and Mission
- 2 Brief history
- 3 Golden Jubilee
- 4 Partnerships
- 5 Buildings and facilities
- 6 Other campuses
- 7 Offices
- 8 Clubs & organizations
- 9 Notable alumni
- 10 References
- 11 External links
Vision and Mission
A person integrally formed, developed and committed to the service of the church and the society.
Guided by the Triune God, and inspired by Mary, Mother of the Good Shepherd, and of Holy Apostles Peter and Paul, JGSS commits herself in:
- Creating a Catholic school community practicing the Gospel values. (Maka-Diyos)
- Serving as the arm or the church by being responsive to the needs of the poor and the less-previleged. (Maka-tao)
- Fostering the value or nationalism and preserving the Filipino cultural heritage. (Maka-bansa)
- Practicing the culture of life (Maka-buhay) and care of the environment. (Maka-kalikasan)
- Providing quality Catholic education geared towards the total development of the person and needs of the times.
The Jesus Good Shepherd School came about in response to the clamor of local parents to have their children educated in a Roman Catholic school. The Pastorelle Sisters inaugurated the first Kindergarten and Grade One with classes in two rooms of the Bishop's residence in Imus. The first regular school day on July 7, 1965, welcomed 132 boys and girls with Sr. Cristina Justo and Sr. Catherine Cleofe as the first kindergarten and grade one teachers, respectively. Thereafter, a new grade level had been added each year.
As the school population grew, an old garage and more rooms had to be transformed into more classrooms, congesting the Bishop's residence. The Pastorelle Sisters eventually purchased a large tract of land in Barangay Palico, Imus, and in 1969, the new school building and campus were inaugurated. From its humble beginning of secluded halls and garage, Jesus Good Shepherd School has grown into a progressive Catholic school for boys and girls.
On July 7, 2012, they started a 3 Year Preparation for the Golden Jubilee happened last 2015.
Buildings and facilities
Currently, the fenced campus is composed of three school buildings, a separate gymnasium, a canteen, the Sister's house, and a Chapel.
The Main Building houses the Kindergarten rooms in the ground floor, and the Grade School rooms occupy the second and third floors. It also holds the Principal and Registrar's offices of the Elementary Department, the science laboratory for the intermediate level, activity rooms, and the archives room, which was the old library before it was transferred to the High School building.
The Annex Building, a two-story structure, is the smallest building in the JGSS campus and houses the rest of the Grade School classes.
High School Building
The High School building is the newest and the largest of the three buildings. It is a five-story building that houses the E.P.P. room, the library, the Guidance Counselor's office, the school clinic, and from the second floor to the fourth, the High School rooms. (The fifth floor was closed for certain reasons)
Gymnasium (Covered Court/Multi-Purpose Hall)
In late 2007, the Gymnasium was completed and it is now where sports activities are held while also housing the physical education office of the school. The stage inside the gym is now the primary venue where most of the school events are held. It has the largest floor area amongst the buildings in the campus and can hold all the students of the school at once.
The school has a separate canteen which is located next to the Annex building. They also made an extension at the back of the main canteen building.
The Convent, which often called as the "Blue House" because of its color, is where the nuns and postulates reside and where the students' recollections are done.Other convent is the Yellow House.
Mary, Mother of the Good Shepherd Chapel
The Chapel Was built on February 2014. The Chapel was blessed by the Bishop of the Diocese of Imus, Most Rev. Reynaldo G. Evangelista.
The school grounds also has a large field where volleyball events are held. At the side of the field is the old stage, the venue for the old programs before the gymnasium was built. Behind it is another EPP room where fourth to six graders could come and do their projects.
All around the campus, bahay kubos [nipa huts] are placed wherein students can eat, study and hang out. In addition, there is a covered area for parents waiting for their kids, located in the threshold of Gate 2, main entrance.
- Jesus Good Shepherd Development Center in Lingayen, Pangasinan
- Principal: Sr. Ales Paz O. Pamplona, SJBP
Clubs & organizations
- Supreme Pupil Government
- Supreme Student Government
- Table Tennis (High School Students Only)
- Ministry of Altar Servers
- Children's Choir
- Children of Mary
- Lectors and Commentators
- Society of Blessed James Alberione
- Boy Scouts of the Philippines (Compulsory for highschool students, but not for grade school students)
- Girl Scouts of the Philippines (GS Only)
- Citizen Advancement Training / BMOCC (compulsory for Grade 10 Students)
- Future Homemakers of the Philippines
- Theater Arts
- Dance Troupe
- Glee Club
- Drum & Lyre
- Filipino Club
- Math Club
- Science Club
- English Club
- Creative Hands
- Future Homemakers of the Philippines
- Bong Revilla (Senator and actor) 
- Strike Revilla (Mayor of Bacoor)
- Wesley So (chess grandmaster)
- Emmanuel Maliksi (Mayor of Imus)