I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died and was buried; He descended into hell;
on the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
from there He will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and life everlasting.
Dear Parents and Carers
Kindergarten and Preschool 2020 Enrolments
Enrolment Period 6 to 31 May
Open Day 8 May
Very soon we will be accepting enrolment applications for Kindergarten 2020 and Preschool 2020. Enrolment application forms are available on the school’s home page (see Enrolment link). We encourage all families with siblings/or those who are new to the school to be prompt in completing applications to ensure the best chance for a spot for enrolment. All applications should be received by COB on 31 May. Applications for Kindergarten 2020 should be delivered/sent to the primary school or to the ELC for preschool. Please spread the word!
Our Open Day will be held on Wednesday 8 May:
— at the Primary School from 9am-11am and 4pm-6pm;
— at the ELC from 9.30am-11.30am and 4pm-6pm.
Sustainable Food Garden
We’ve been successful with our application for a Junior Landcare Grant for our project, Sustainable Food Garden. The aim of the project is to improve our existing sustainable food garden by including more native plants and vegetables. We will be purchasing new plants, donating our produce to our school canteen, and our students will be able to cook with the vegetables and native food. This improved garden will encourage more local birds and insects and give students an opportunity to learn about the life cycle of a seed, propagation and the benefits of native plants.
St Jude’s is one of 538 primary schools and early learning centres throughout Australia receiving a Junior Landcare grant to help grow our next generation of environmental champions. The grants are being funded with money made from the sale of the Woolworths recyclable Bag for good™ which was launched in 2018 when the supermarket stopped using single-use plastic bags. The children in our Sustainable Schools group, Mrs Stincic and Mrs Rice are looking forward to working and learning from this project and we’ll keep you updated on the results. In a very short period, our garden area has been transformed with fruit trees and vegetables being planted. Well done to the children involved and Mrs Stincic and Mrs Rice for wonderful leadership.
Click on the Junior Landcare Grant map to read about our project and others: https://landcareaustralia.org.au/woolworthsgrants/maps/index.php
St Clare's College Open Evening: Wednesday 1 May
This is an opportunity for parents and prospective students to look at the facilities and talk to staff and students. The evening will run from 4.30pm to 7.00pm with an information session to be held in the College Hall from 6.00pm-6.30pm. St Clare’s is a Catholic girls college from Yrs 7-12.
MacKillop College Open Evening: Thursday 2 May
Is being held at the Padua Campus, Wanniassa starting at 6.30pm. The evening will include a presentation and tours. St Mary MacKillop College is a co-educational Catholic college from Yrs 7-12 and has two campuses at Isabella Plains and Wanniassa.
Catholic Schools Soccer Carnival
I wish all of our soccer players a wonderful day of fun, sportsmanship and competition on Sunday when they participate in the Catholic Schools Soccer Carnival at the Calwell District Playing Fields, Were St, Calwell. Thank you to Mrs Thomas for her organisation of our four teams competing. Also, a big thank you to those parents helping out as coaches/managers/lines men and women.
Wishing you well
This month on SchoolTV - Trauma
Children and teens will experience events during their lives that will affect them emotionally and physically. How they react to these events depends on their age, personality and past experiences. Children can experience strong feelings of fear, sadness, guilt, anger or grief, making it difficult for them to cope with everyday life.
There are a number of ways that parents and care givers can support children after a traumatic event. Your reaction to an event, will impact your child’s ability to cope and recover. Children will look to the adults in their lives to help them better understand a traumatic event so it is important to ‘tune in’ to their fears and provide them with the comfort and support they need.
In this edition of SchoolTV, parents will learn how to gain a better understanding of trauma and how it affects children of all ages. We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this month’s edition, and we always welcome your feedback.
Here is the link to this month's edition https://stjudesps.act.schooltv.me/newsletter/trauma
The Sacrament of First Holy Communion
Jesus gave his disciples, the Eucharist at the Last Supper. Jesus gave himself as a sign of his love for all people. He took a piece of bread. He said a prayer of thanks. Then he broke it and gave it to his disciples.
'Take it,' he said, 'this is my body.’ - Mark 14:22
He also took a cup of wine. As he gave it to the disciples, he said:
‘This is my blood which is poured out for many.’- Mark 22:24
Members of the Church gathered together after Jesus died. They continued what Jesus began. They gathered to pray and share bread and wine. They celebrated the Eucharist. They spent their time in learning from the apostles, taking part in fellowship and sharing in fellowship meals and prayers. Today we continue to celebrate the Eucharist. We share the meal that Jesus shared with his disciples.
This weekend over 30 children from our parish will be making their First Holy Communion on either Saturday or Sunday. The staff at St Jude’s are keeping these students in our prayers and thoughts in preparation for this special sacrament.
As both Holy Week and Easter are in the holidays, our school will come together next week to commemorate these events. On Thursday at 2.30pm, Kinder will lead the school in a Palm Sunday liturgy. From 10am on Thursday both Year 4 and Year 6 will lead the school in the Holy Thursday and Good Friday liturgies.
Opportunities for Women
The Archdiocesan Marriage Family Relationships team sees great value in providing opportunities for women, be they teachers, parents or local parishioners, to relax and connect with each other. There are several opportunities currently on offer in the local Archdiocese for women to connect and reflect. For more information see http://bit.ly/EatConnectPray or contact email@example.com
Dates to remember
Saturday 6 April—Sacrament of First Holy Communion, St Jude’s Church, 5pm
Sunday 7 April—Sacrament of First Holy Communion, St John Vianney’s Church, 9am
Thursday 11 April—Palm Sunday Liturgy, 2.30pm
Friday 12 April—Holy Thursday and Good Friday Liturgies from 10am in the church
14 April—Palm Sunday
21 April—The Resurrection of the Lord
Monday 29 April—Resurrection Liturgy, St Jude's Church, 2.30pm
Tuesday 30 April—ANZAC Day Liturgy, St Jude's Church, 2.30pm
Happy Birthday Harry D and William R
Thank you to those families who have been able to join us for singing before 3pm pickup. You are all welcome to come in for 10 or 15 minutes before pickup each day so we can show off our singing skills. We are already seeing a positve change with this new afternoon routine.
ELC Open Day
The ELC Open Day will be held on Wednesday 8 May between 9:30-11:30am and 4:00-6:00pm. If you know any families with children approaching preschool age, invite them along to have a look at the ELC!
2019 Online Enrolments
From 26 April this year, you will be able to submit online forms for enrolment in Catholic schools and ELCs for 2020. A reminder to all ELC families that you do need to submit an enrolment form for Kindergarten in 2020. To access online enrolment, visit the relevant school website.
Primary School Open Days
St Jude’s Primary School Open Day is on Wednesday 8 May between 9am–11am and 4pm-6pm. St John Vianney’s Primary School will also be having an Open Day on Wednesday 8 May.
The Turtle and the Lobster classes will be participting in the St Jude’s Athletics Carnival on Friday 5 April. Parents and Carers are welcome to come and cheer us along. We will be playing some games and participating in a 50m running race at approximately 1:30pm.
Please join us for a working bee on Sunday 5 May from 10am to 12 noon. It will be a social morning of gardening and tidying up our outdoor areas followed by a sausage sizzle at the primary school. The children always enjoy helping out and playing with their friends. We would love to see you there!
We are now taking bookings for the ELC holiday program which begins on Monday 16 April. The ELC has holiday care available from 8am to 5:30pm for the two weeks (minus Good Friday 19 April, Easter Monday 22 April and Anzac Day Thursday 25 April). Booking forms have been emailed and are available at the ELC office.
Due to its popularity last year, the ELC is now selling the 2019/20 Entertainment Book. View the book online at or order at
Karen Leighton - St Jude's Early Learning Centre
Hooray! Grace’s missing Library bag has turned up! Now we just need to locate Ava’s bag!
Borrowing limits at school are a starting point for children but may always be negotiated if your child is 'taking off' with reading and would like 'more please'! Children may come into the Library any/every day of the week to change their books – lunchtime or after school – with or without parents – and get new books.
*Next week children K-6 may borrow an extra book for the holidays if they choose.*
Also the Public Library Service is available free for everyone and is a good habit to develop.
South Western Swimming
South Western Regional Swimming carnival will be held today. Good luck to all of our students competing.
On Friday 5 April, we will be holding our Athletics Carnival here at St Jude’s. We would love some assistance if you are free on the day. If you do have some spare time on 5 April, please let Leanne Thomas know.
Catholic Schools Soccer Carnival
If you or your child are involved in the carnival, please check the Catholic Schools Soccer Carnival 2019 Facebook page for information such as the draw, competitions and the variety of foods and activities available on the day. Thank you in anticipation to all our coaches and managers for our four teams. Have fun everyone.
The Cross Country Carnival will be held at St Jude’s on Wednesday 1 May. If you are able to assist in the morning could you please let Leanne Thomas know or return the assistance help note with your child. (See our Notes section on our school website.)
Mulleyduds will be open:
Friday 5 April, 3.00pm to 3.30pm
The winter uniform stock is slowly arriving at Mulleyduds. We ask that you be patient as we wait for all of the winter uniform order to arrive.
Winter and summer uniform can be ordered via Qkr! or email: firstname.lastname@example.org Qkr! orders are filled every Wednesday and Friday. Please contact the front office if you are waiting on a uniform order.
We have received quite a lot of second hand uniform donations. Thank you for your generosity. Just a reminder that we are happy to receive second hand St Jude's uniforms only but no other second hand items.
Thank you to all of the volunteers who are helping in the uniform shop. Your time is very much appreciated.
THERE WILL BE NO MASTERCHEF OR LUNCH ORDERS ON FRIDAY 5 APRIL
DUE TO THE ATHLETICS CARNIVAL.
I’m a little worried with the amount of children coming to the canteen with large amounts of money and the “sharing” of money with friends. Could you please check with your children if they are allowed to bring money to the canteen? Maybe talk with your children about “sharing” their money…
Consistent Qkr! Problems
Please ensure online lunch orders are for the correct day and that you get a receipt number. Too many children are turning up at lunch upset that their lunch orders are missing. Some parents also haven’t updated their children’s classes for this year. This delays the tallying process in the morning, especially on Fridays when we are very busy. Please don’t hesitate to pop into the canteen if you need a run through on how to order.
$1.00 lolly limit per day
Mulleygrub’s Café can only function with your help. Now that the New Year has begun maybe you can spare some time and give the canteen a go? Any amount of time is better than none. Thursdays and Fridays are especially busy so if you can, please come in and have a go. We all have a good laugh and sometimes our discussions can be quite educational! Remember to apply for a Working with Vulnerable People card (WWVP). It’s free for volunteers!
Order your morning coffee on Qkr! and pick it up from 8.15am (the coffee machine needs to warm up). Just order it under your child’s name and I will know it’s for you not them.
Coffee, hot chocolate, tea and chai lattes are available Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 8.15am through to 1.45pm. Pop in for a chat and purchase a roady!
Small $3.00 Large $4.00
Friday 5 April — Athletics Carnival
Wednesday 10 April
Thursday 11 April
Help Needed x 2
Students of the Week
~ Week 8 Awards ~
2BF —Jonah N
6S—Ria M, Ava B
Our happy ending is to know that no matter where they go, a child lost in a book will always find a way home.
Paul Jennings, The Reading Bug.
National Library of Australia (2016). Reading Pleasures. Canberra, ACT: NLA Publishing. P 61