In Christus Vivit, Pope Francis says,
‘A Church always on the defensive, which loses her humility and stops listening to others, which leaves no room for questions,
loses her youth and turns into a museum.’
As you may be aware, Tuesday was the first day of NAPLAN, which our school is doing online. Unfortunately, some connectivity issues were experienced during the test on Wednesday and these issues are currently being investigated. St Jude’s have managed the technical disruptions in line with the national test administration protocols. The helpdesk supported our school throughout the day to manage and resolve any disruptions.
Dear Parents and Carers
Canteen Kim is doing a wonderful job managing the canteen. It is always a concern to me that some children have ten and twenty dollar notes to use at canteen. While the children are limited to how many ‘sweet treats’ (lollies) they can buy, some children have too much money and the temptation is great for them and they want to buy more than they should. Perhaps it is timely for you to have a chat with your child and/or monitor how much money they are bringing to school.
Trust Your Child’s Teacher
Your child’s teacher is your greatest ally. Their training, their experience around children and their objective professionalism puts them in a strong position to make judgement calls about your child. Next week’s parent/teacher interviews will be a valuable opportunity for teachers to feedback to you the progress your child is making. We encourage our Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 students to attend interviews, while our younger students are asked not to be part of these meetings. Kinder, Years 1 and 2 will have a Learning Journey later in the year when they will have an opportunity to share their work with parents.
Talk Up What Happens At School
Your child will take their cues from you about how you see their school. If you want your child to value learning, and enjoy their time at school then you need to support your school and make sure he or she hears positive messages about learning, teachers and the school itself. You can set a strong educational agenda at home by talking up your school.
Send Children to School Ready to Learn and on Time
Maximize your child’s chances of success by sending them to school in a good frame of mind, with plenty of sleep and a good breakfast. Also make sure they get to school on time. It is estimated that many children miss up to two weeks of school a year when they are routinely late by just five minutes a day.
The enrolment period for Preschool to Year 6 is here. If you know of anyone who is interested in sending their child to St Jude’s next year (in any grade from P to 6) then encourage them to submit an online enrolment application. 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 received by the front office of the primary school for Kinder 2020 applications and ELC for Preschool 2020 applications by Friday 31 May.
SchoolTV - SPECIAL REPORT: Parenting Styles - What type of parent are you?
There are so many different opinions offered on how best to parent. New parents will often have firm beliefs about how they wish to balance love and discipline, but this ideal often goes out the window when a toddler throws their first tantrum in the supermarket!
Raising children can bring parents and caregivers great joy despite many learning ‘on the job’ and growing into the role through experience and understanding. Children will always flourish in a warm and loving environment, supported by clear guidance.
In this Special Report, parents and caregivers can gain a greater understanding of the four defined parenting styles by taking part in the quiz. It can guide parents towards deciding which style they wish to adopt and the effects it may have on their children.
We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this Special Report, and as always, we welcome your feedback. If you do have any concerns about the wellbeing of your child, please contact the school for further information or seek medical or professional help.
Here is the link to your special report. Cut and paste it into your browser: https://stjudesps.act.schooltv.me/wellbeing_news/special-report-parenting-styles
There is a bulb order waiting to be collected in the front office. Please come and see Natalie or Sharrie if you haven't received your bulb order.
Could parents please talk with your children about carpark safety? Please remind your children to STOP and LOOK before crossing the carpark and the school crossing. A reminder to parents and carers entering the school zone to drive slowly and carefully, watching for children at all times.
Today Year 2 celebrated Mass with the parishioners and Fr Michael. Thank you to Ms Delaney, Miss Jameson and Mrs Bailey for preparing the Mass and to the students for being so reverent. Thank you also to Ana P and Will G for altar serving.
Parish Youth Mass
A reminder that 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.
The time has begun where the 2 parish schools are beginning to plan and prepare for Confirmation. While this sacrament is not received until Term 3, it is important for the Year 6 parents to be aware of dates so they can be put in diaries well in advance! Registration for the sacrament will be available later this term on Qkr!
Tuesday 30 July (week 2) Adult Formation 6-7pm SJV Church
Weekend of the 3/4 August Commitment Mass
Tuesday 20 August (week 5) Family Formation 6-7pm SJV school hall
Friday 6 September (week 7) Retreat Day
Weekend of the 14/15 September Sacrament of Confirmation
Dates to remember
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
Monday 3 June: Beatitudes Prayer Assembly, 2.30pm, St Jude’s Church, 2D presenting
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
Election Day This Saturday
Please support the St Jude’s Election Day BBQ and Cake Stall by providing some baked goods and/or volunteering an hour of your time when you come down to vote on Saturday. See the note on the website for more information.
Kinder Enrolments 2020
A reminder to ELC parents that you need to complete an enrolment form for your child for Kindergarten next year. Visit the primary school office to collect an enrolment pack. You can now enrol online for Catholic schools and ELCs for 2020. To access online enrolment, visit the relevant school's website.
ELC Enrolments 2020
Spread the word, ELC enrolments are now available online. Visit our website for more information.
St Jude’s School Disco
The school disco will be on Friday 31 May in the school hall. Pre-schoolers are invited to attend from 6-7pm. $5 per child or $10 per family is payable at the door. The theme is 80’s so feel free to dress up!
Holiday Care Program Feedback
We are seeking feedback on our Holiday Care Program. Evaluation forms were put in notes pockets and emailed. We encourage your feedback, whether you attended holiday care or are thinking of attending in the future. Thank you to those families who have already completed the survey, your feedback is greatly appreciated.
Entertainment Books can be purchased in hard copy (collected on the day of purchase from the ELC) or digital copy for your phone. View the book online at or order at
Karen Leighton - St Jude's Early Learning Centre
South Weston Cross Country
Our South Weston Cross Country St Jude’s Team has been announced. If your child has qualified, a note has been sent home with all the information for the event. Students will need to pay a $10 registration fee to compete on 3 June 2019.
If your child is unable to attend, could you let me know sooner rather than later, as another student can replace them at the carnival.
Little Shredders is running two free community sessions, starting next week, teaching students skills for cross country skiing.
Thursdays 23 May – 13 June at the AIS Canberra, 4.00pm - 4.45pm offered to students in Kindergarten to Year 6
Thursdays 23 May – 13 June at the AIS Canberra, 4.00pm - 4.45pm offered to students in Year 3 to Year 6.
If you are interested in having your child participate, please register for both sessions through the following link https://www.skiandsnowboard.org.au/events/39294/
There are a number of trials for ACT sports (Basketball, Netball, AFL, Football, Hockey) at the moment. If you play a sport and would like the extra challenge please check the Sports Noticeboard for further information or talk with Mrs Thomas.
If you need any further information regarding our sports program, you can contact me through email at Leanne.firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Masterchef this week is the 'The Sizzling Smyth Family' and they are making 'Chocolate Coconut Slice'. The ingredients are: cocoa, gluten free flour, desiccated coconut, butter, icing sugar, egg, brown and white sugar. We will be selling them for 50 cents.
Consistent Qkr! Problems
Please ensure online lunch orders are for the correct day and make sure you receive 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.
Mulleygrub’s Café can only function with your help. Any amount of time 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 17 May
Help needed X 1
Wednesday 22 May
Thursday 23 May
Help needed X 2
Mulleyduds will be open:
Friday 17 May, 3.00pm to 3.30pm
If you are available to help during the uniform open time on a Friday, please contact the front office to let us know. Mulleyduds is normally open on a Friday, when our volunteers are available, between 3.00pm and 3.30pm.
We have a size 6, short sleeve blue polo shirt available here at the front office. It has been washed once but never worn. If you would like to purchase this polo shirt for $20.00, please contact the front office. These shirts are sold in the uniform shop for $25.00 brand new.
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.
Thank you to all of the volunteers who are helping in the uniform shop. Your time is very much appreciated.
Students of the Week
~ Awards Week 1, Term 2~
KF—Isobel S and Adele S
KT—Cleo E and Campbell N
KH—Oliver W and Ashley T
1S—Jessica C and Maya H
1T—Evie M and Lachlan E
2D—Mary S and Olivia W
2BF —Hugh R and Hanna H
2J—Benjamin W and Sophie B
3M—Lily K and Harrison R
3ME—Ellie W and Faisal R
4KR—Rosie G and Wesley M
4L—Bailey M, Abbey S and Riona R
5L—Reuben L and Javier J
5H—Saffron C and Pandora K
6S—Georgia M and Kayle M
6CG—Riley H and Gemma C
Students of the Week
~ Awards Week 2, Term 2~
KH—Amelia LS and Isaac L
2BF —Gregory S
4L—Caitlin S, Finn C and Jasper S