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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
A petition is located at the St Jude’s front office for interested parents to sign. The petition aims to improve dedicated school transport networks for ACT schools. The petition notes the following:
- The ACT Government’s removal of dedicated bus services to schools across Canberra is unjustly forcing students to rely on the public bus network, which will be dangerous for young children;
- It is unacceptable that children will be required to cross busy roads and navigate busy interchanges to catch a public bus;
- Call on the ACT Government to reconsider changes and improve the dedicated school transport network.
NAPLAN – Week After Next
Students in Year 3 and Year 5 at St Jude’s will participate in the NAPLAN tests in week 3. Students sit tests for English focusing on language conventions and spelling, writing, and reading comprehension. They also sit a Maths test which covers number and algebra, measurement and geometry, statistics and probability. The tests are designed to illustrate the range of student performance across the country and the performance of individual students can be compared to the average performance of all students in Australia in their grade.
NAPLAN does not replace, but rather complements, assessments run by your child's classroom teacher throughout the year. At St Jude’s, teachers use a variety of resources throughout the grades and across the year to help students to prepare for the tests in a number of ways as part of our daily teaching practice.
Whilst it is natural for children to be feeling a bit nervous prior to the tests, we talk to them about it being only a small part of their schooling life. We encourage them to come to school ready to do their best for the NAPLAN tests, but to remember there is no one way to ‘test’ all of the things that make each of them wonderful and unique people.
Parent information regarding NAPLAN can be found at http:// www.nap.edu.au/naplan/parent-carer-support
Grammar, Spelling, Punctuation
Grammar, Spelling, Punctuation
It is vital all Year 3 and 5 students attend on Tuesday to do the Writing test. It may not be possible to make up the Writing test on another day.
Woolworths Earn and Learn
As a general rule, I am strongly opposed to St Jude’s being a de-facto advertising board for large companies. There is no doubt that companies love to have schools on side so they can advertise their products or services. While in the past I have said no to being part of such a promotion, I am now committing St Jude’s to this year’s Earn and Learn promotion.
The reason for the change is that I am happy to be part of the promotion as long as we give all rewards to a country school which does not have a Woolworths supermarket in their town. For a number of years now St Jude’s has supported St Mary’s Primary School at Batlow. I am proposing that all rewards earned by our community is given to St Mary’s.
Parent Survey for Community Council from CC Chair Charlotte Dalton
The St Jude’s Community Council raises money every year to spend on projects that benefit the children of our school. In order to determine which projects to fund, we ask for feedback from the St Jude’s community through our Parent Survey. Please follow the link below to have your say about what the Community Council can do for your kids.
Parent Teacher Interviews
These very important meetings between school and home, commence on Monday 20 May. A letter was sent home earlier this week which explained our booking system for interviews. For the last few years we have used an online booking system and this has been well received and I thank Mr Fulton for overseeing this. The month of May is a better time to talk about student strengths and areas to be developed, than later in the term. These interviews are part of our formal channels of communication between school and home so I hope all parents can make themselves available for these meetings. If you haven’t seen the note then check school bags and the notes link on our website.
The enrolment period for Preschool to Year 6 is here, so if you know of anyone who is interested in sending their child to St Jude’s next year (in any grade from P-6) then encourage them to come along to our Open Day on Wednesday 8 May, 9.00am—11.00am (ELC 9.30am-11.00am) and 4.00pm—6.00pm (primary school and ELC). Tours of the primary school will be hosted by our Year 6 students, and staff and parents will be present for visitors to talk to. ELC staff will be present at the preschool to talk to visitors. Enrolment information will be available on how to enrol online. Enrolment application forms can be downloaded from the Enrolment tile on our website home page. A limited number of enrolment application hardcopies are available from the front office of the primary school and the ELC. All enrolment applications should be submitted to the front office of the primary school for Kinder 2020 applications and ELC for Preschool 2020 applications by Friday 31 May.
New Contract for Out of School Hours Care Provider
Our current contract with YMCA expires at the end of June 2019. The Community Council has nominated Skye Maguire, Autumn O’Keeffe and myself to run a select tender process for the awarding of a new contract. YMCA, OSHClub and Camp Australia have been invited to tender for the contact. Tenders are due this week and a decision will be made in the next couple of weeks.
Happy Birthday to Ellie T, Emma S, Jackson O, Hugh R, Amelia R, Imogen O, Isaac V, Ashleigh M, Dominic P, Tyana L, Salma S and to everyone who celebrated a Birthday during the school holidays.
Running Late to Collect your Child from School
If you are running late to collect your child from school, it is a good idea to discuss a Plan B with them, to alleviate any stress your child may feel. It is helpful for your child to know that if you are not at school at 3.05pm, that you will not be too far away.
All students are supervised until 3.30pm for those parents who may be running late.
Please be aware that calling at 3pm to have a message relayed to your child that you are running late, can at times be difficult to do before 3.05pm, as classes are not always in their class rooms.
This term each grade level will join our parishioners at Mass on a designated Thursday. Parents, grandparents and friends are more than welcome to attend at any given Mass. Please see below the dates that each grade level will lead Mass in our church. Today, Year 6 celebrated Mass with Fr Michael and the parishioners of our parish. Thank you to Catie C and Sophie L for altar serving. Next week, Year 1 will celebrate Mass on Thursday.
Parish Youth Mass
As you are aware, our parish has our very own Youth Minister, Theresa Corson. Theresa has been working with the Year 6 students over the past term both in the classes and with a whole day retreat. As such, we now have about half the Year 6 students volunteering to be a part of our school Youth Ministry team which is wonderful news! On Sunday 19 May, we have our first Youth Mass at our church at 5pm. The Year 6 students will be involved in this Mass and we extend a warm welcome to all families to attend and support our school and parish.
ANZAC Day Liturgy
Thank you to Mrs Foster and 2BF for presenting such a reverent and thoughtful liturgy to commemorate ANZAC Day. Year 2 gave the school an opportunity to reflect and remember not only the first ANZAC’s, but all members of our defence force who have fought for our country since 1915.
The Resurrection of the Lord
On Monday, Year 5 led the school in a liturgy to remember the Resurrection of the Lord which we know as Easter Sunday. Their thoughtful reenactment of the Easter story made us all remember the importance of Easter for Catholics. I recently came across a reflection of the resurrection written by Richard Leonard. It speaks to the true meaning of the Easter story and I would like to share it with you:
A man was driving along the road when he saw the Easter Bunny hop into his lane. He swerved to avoid hitting the bunny, but couldn’t do so. The basket of eggs went everywhere. The driver felt guilty and began to cry. A woman saw the man and pulled over. ‘What’s wrong?’ she asked. ‘I accidentally killed the Easter Bunny’, he explained. The woman knew exactly what to do. She went to her car, pulled out a spray can, walked over to the bunny, and sprayed the entire contents over the little furry animal. Miraculously the Easter Bunny came back to life, jumped up, picked up his eggs, waved at them and hopped on down the road. Not far away the Easter Bunny stopped, turned around and waved again. He kept doing this for as far as they could see.
The man was astonished. ‘What in heaven’s name is in that can you sprayed on the Easter Bunny?’ The woman showed the man the label. It said: ‘Hair spray. Restores life to dead hair. Adds permanent wave.’
For many of our children the bunny and its eggs are the most important thing about Easter. Over the millennia, Christianity has had a gift for domesticating local traditions and festivals, bringing them on board and making them our own. The name Easter comes from the Anglo Saxon spring festival in honour of the goddess Eostre. Her symbol was the rabbit and the giving of eggs were signs of new life bursting forth as winter withdrew. These associations only make sense in the northern hemisphere, but we can see why the early Christians could be so adaptable and inculturated with this local festival.
In both hemispheres Christians celebrate Jesus being raised from the dead. In the New Testament there are two traditions about how the disciples come to know about Jesus’ resurrection: the empty tomb and the apparitions of Christ.
The Gospel belongs to the empty tomb tradition. On Magdalene’s urging, Peter and John run to the tomb, find it empty and come to at least an initial belief about the resurrection of Jesus.
We do not believe that God simply revived Jesus’ corpse in the tomb, as our driver resuscitated the bunny in today’s story. Easter Sunday does not celebrate the resuscitation of Jesus, but his Resurrection. We know his ‘glorified body’ was not the same as his human body because Jesus’ presence could be encountered in several places simultaneously and he is reported to walk through walls and to vanish. The link between both resurrection traditions is the importance of Jesus’ death. In the empty tomb accounts, as in today’s gospel, the writers give us extraordinary details about the grave clothes. In the apparition narratives there are usually references to Jesus’ wounds.
Whatever way they came to experience the Resurrection of Christ, the disciples knew that this was Jesus who actually died and was buried and that their personal encounter was with the one who was crucified.
What God did through the death and resurrection of Jesus is what Christians have done with local customs and festivals ever since: he entered into it, understood it, took it on board, domesticated it and vanquished its power. As a result we believe that God empathises with the full limitations of our human mortality and promises to remain faithful to us in death as he remained utterly faithful to Jesus.
That is why on this day 1,600 years ago St John Chrysostom could say on behalf of us all:
‘Hell took a body, and discovered God. It took earth, and encountered Heaven. It took what it saw, and was overcome by what it could not see. O death, where is your sting? O Hell, where is your victory? Christ is Risen, and you, O death, are destroyed! Christ is Risen, and evil is cast down! Christ is Risen, and angels rejoice! Christ is Risen, and new life is set free! Christ is Risen, and the tomb is emptied of its dead; for Christ having risen from the dead, becomes the first-fruit of those who have fallen asleep. To Him be Glory and Power forever and ever. Amen!’
Dates to remember:
Monday 6 May: Beatitudes Prayer Assembly, 2.30pm, St Jude’s Church
Thursday 9 May: Year 1 class Mass, 9.30am, St Jude’s Church
Thursday 16 May: Year 2 class Mass, 9.30am, St Jude’s Church
Sunday 19 May: Parish Youth Mass, 5pm, St Jude’s Church
Thursday 23 May: Year 3 class Mass, 9.30am, St Jude’s Church
Thursday 30 May: Whole school Mass, for the Ascension 9.30am, St Jude’s Church
Thursday 6 June: Year 5 and ELC class Mass, 9.30am, St Jude’s Church
Thursday 13 June: Kinder class Mass, 9.30am, St Jude’s Church
Happy Birthday Zachary T, Eliza W, Harper F, Dashiell C, Sidney H
The Turtles and the Stingray children participated in the St Jude’s Cross Country Carnival on Wednesday. Running a whole lap of the primary school oval, what a great achievement!
In mid term 1, some of the children started to show some hesitation about joining in the After School Care program. We introduced music sessions where the children leaving at 3pm were in one room, and the ASC children were in another. This was to alleviate the pressure of children having to watch their friends go home and wonder why they had to stay on. This change in routine has worked marvellously and it is so heart warming to see parents coming to join in our singing time. From this, the children in ASC also raised the question of why they do not have a name like the Turtles, Stingrays and Lobsters. So from there we created a voting station for children to elect a new name for our care programs. I would like to announce that the name for our Before and After School Care program is ‘Seahorses!’ We identified that naming the program was essential for the children to feel a sense of belonging to a group, which also links strongly with the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF).
Entertainment Book, the perfect Mother’s Day gift!
Entertainment Books can be collected on the day of purchase from the St Jude’s ELC. If you prefer a digital copy for your phone you can purchase it in digital form. View the book online at www.online.flippingbook.com/view/1048499/ or order at www.entbook.com.au/94h4738. Purchase before 1 June to take advantage of the early bird offers.
Mother’s Day Stall
ELC children will have an opportunity to purchase a gift from the Mother’s Day Stall on Friday 10 May (Tuesday 7 May for Stingrays). Gifts are available for $3 to $5.
ELC Open Day
The ELC Open Day will be held on Wednesday 8 May, 9:30am to 11:30am and 4:00am to 6:00pm. If you know any families with children approaching preschool age, invite them along to have a look at the ELC!
Primary School Open Days
St Jude’s Primary School Open Day is on Wednesday 8 May, 9am to 11am and 4pm to 6pm. St John Vianney’s Primary School will also be having an Open Day on Wednesday 8 May.
Kinder Enrolments 2019
A reminder to ELC parents that you need to complete an enrolment form for your child for Kindergarten next year. You can now enrol online for Catholic schools and ELCs for 2020. To access an online enrolment, visit the relevant school website.
Please join us for a working bee on Sunday 5 May from 10am to 12noon. 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 have plenty of resources at the preschool and would prefer that home toys stay at home. If your child does bring a home toy to school, it will be stored for collection by parent/carer at the end of the day.
A late pick up fee of $10 per 5 minutes will be charged for late After School Care (Seahorse Program) collection after 6pm.
SJV Athletics Carnival
The ELC children will be participating in the St John Vianney’s Athletics Carnival on Friday 17 May at Chapman Oval. Look out for permission notes to come home soon.
Acting ELC Director
Our Cross Country Carnival was on Wednesday this week. It was a fabulous day with some amazing running. Congratulations to all students who participated. A special mention to Isabelle H (5L) and Charlie R (5H) who demonstrated St Jude’s spirit by assisting another St Jude’s student on the track.
Thank you so much to our amazing community who assisted in making the day so successful. Congratulations to Mulley who won the day with 346 points, then Hindmarsh with 294 points, Streeton with 282 points and Dixon on 269 points.
Australian Running Festival
A huge congratulations to Amelia N (6CG) and Ella N (6S) who participated in the Australian Running Festival during the holidays. Overall Ella finish 5th with a time of 19:32 and Amelia who finished 2nd with a time of 18:35. As an onlooker, it was such an amazing feeling to see our St Jude’s students complete the course with such gusto.
We have two students competing at the upcoming ACT Swimming Carnival on Monday. We wish Emily R (6S) and Luke C (6CG) all the very best at the swim meet.
If you are struggling paying the fees for extracurricular sporting teams, could you please let Mrs Thomas know, as we can possibly assist with the help of Variety.
This term, students in Year 2 to Year 6 will be participating in a four week clinic with ACT AFL. These clinics will be a forty minute clinic which will allow students to engage in physical education in a different way to our term 1 program.
Currently there is a number of trials for ACT sports. If you play a particular sport and would like the extra challenge please check the Sports Noticeboard or talk with Mrs Thomas. Students from Year 5/6 who returned their sports indication notes have been sent all information via their email.
Any sports related issues, please do not hesitate to contact me on Leanne.firstname.lastname@example.org
This term the focus is on remembering to borrow and return every week so we can all complete the Chief Minister’s Reading Challenge!
At the end of last term, I sent home a note about borrowing SORA ebooks and audio books with older children. We now have that App installed on the iPads at school so initially children from Year 3 to 6 will be able to utilise that function and I will be familiarising them with the process. If you would like further information about this please contact me at school.
This week in the Library we shared ANZAC stories.
Mulleyduds will be open:
Friday 3 May, 3.00pm to 3.30pm
Friday 10 May, 3.00pm to 3.30pm and
Friday 17 May, 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: email@example.com Qkr! orders are filled every Wednesday and Friday, when our volunteers are available. 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.
Our Masterchef this week is the 'The Beautiful Brown Family' and they are making 'Anzac Cookies'. The ingredients are: butter, golden syrup, bicarb soda, rolled oats, plain flour, brown sugar and desiccated coconut. We will be selling them for 50 cents.
Thank you to all the lovely people who assisted yesterday with the sausage sizzle. Your time is so appreciated.
Consistent Qkr! Problems
Please ensure online lunch orders are for the correct day and that you have 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, this delays the tallying process in the morning, especially on Fridays when we are very busy.
$1.00 Lolly limit per day
Mulleygrubs Café can only function with your help. Any amount of time that you volunteer is wonderful. Thursdays and Fridays are especially busy so if you can, please come in and have a go. I’ll even make you a cuppa! Remember to apply for a Working with Vulnerable People card (WWVP). It’s free for volunteers!
Friday 3 May
Help needed X 3
Wednesday 8 May
Help needed X 1
Thursday 9 May
Help needed X 2
Students of the Week
~ Awards Week 10, Term 1~
1T—John C, Kate H
2D—Addison R, Milla L
2BF —Alex M, Emelia D
2J—Hayden M, Noah M
3M—Noah F, Rosie L
4KR—Molly C, Lillian D
4L—Grace O, Allegra J
6S—Ollie L, Charlotte L
Welcome back to term 2! The Community Council has plenty to do this term and we would appreciate any help you can offer.
Mother’s Day Stall – Friday 10 May
Back again this year is our Mother’s Day Stall. Each class will have an opportunity on Friday 10 May to visit the stall to purchase a little something for their mother. Gifts range from $3 to $5. Limit one item per child. Please make sure you remind your child to save this money for the Mother’s Day Stall and not the lollies in the canteen
Be excited about words. Play games with words, make up rhymes, clap out patterns, put in different words in sentences. This generates an awareness of how powerful language is.
Adult: You said the dog ate his bone: I can make up a funny word to replace ate – I think the dog gullumphed his bone is much more exciting. What do you think gullumphed means?
Child: It might mean chewed really quickly.
Adult: Yes! You have guessed the meaning of the word from the sentence. You are a brilliant word detective!