Let us pray
God our Father,
make us joyful
in the ascension of your Son Jesus Christ.
May we follow him into the new creation,
for his ascension is our glory and our hope.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
New Saint Joseph Sunday Missal
Dear Parents and Carers
New Outside School Hours Care Provider
As mentioned in previous newsletters and at Community Council meetings, a sub-committee of the CC was appointed earlier this year to run a select tender process for the after school, before school and vacation care service at St Jude’s. Our current provider, YMCA has run these services since 1999 and their current contract expires at the end of June, 2019.
YMCA, OSH Club and Camp Australia were invited to tender for the contract for services here at St Jude’s. The CC sub-committee was Peter Galvin, Skye Maguire and Autumn O’Keeffe. Introductory and information briefings were held with all three companies; tenders received and analysed by the committee; additional information sort; some negotiation of key aspects of tenders took place and the result is Camp Australia has been offered the new contract beginning on July 8.
Without going into great detail, Camp Australia was awarded the contract on the basis of:
- It offered parents the best value for money. Their ASC fee will be $26 per afternoon session whereas it is currently $31.25. There are similar sized reductions in fees charged to parents for their BSC and VC services.
- The school receives considerably more in ‘rental’ from the new provider.
- The thoroughly professional approach, in personal and electronic contact, but especially their clear intent to win this contract, was a telling factor as well.
Change always brings with it some challenges. And so it will be a change from YMCA to Camp Australia. Parents currently using any of our outside school hours care services will have to reapply with Camp Australia. Children currently in BSC and ASC will not miss out, as long as parents register with Camp Australia.
Two information sessions run by Camp Australia with be held in the school library on:
- Tuesday 11 June from 5.30pm – 6.00pm and
- Thursday 20 June from 5.30pm – 6.00pm
The registration process for Camp Australia will be explained and key information about the company and their service will be explained. I invite all parents of current ASC and BSC children to come along to one of these meetings. I am sure you will be impressed with CA, just as the sub-committee was.
Fete – Colouring In Competition
Thanks to Jo Chidgey (who along with Rebecca Hunter and Sylvia Gallagher were our fete organisers) for running this post fete colouring in competition. Entrants were asked to draw/colour in a scene or an aspect from the fete that they enjoyed. The winners were:
- ELC and Kinder: Congratulations to Alice in KT
- Years 1 – 3: Congratulations to Emily in 2BF
- Years 4-6: Congratulations to India in 4KR
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 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. 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.
Parish Youth Mass
Last Sunday we had a great turnout for our first parish Youth Mass for 2019. A huge thank you to our Youth Minister Theresa Corson for coordinating the Mass and to the many families who came along. As St Jude’s Religious Education Coordinator, I am humbled to see that the vision for the CSYMI (Catholic Schools Youth Ministry International) of inspiring and equipping Catholic schools to become centres of the New Evangelisation is being realised. If we take small steps together through the journey and ensure all stakeholders share the same vision, it is my hope that our students will be confident in their faith and share the Good News with others.
Vinnies Winter Appeal
Last year, Vinnies Conference members provided over $2 million in emergency assistance including food vouchers and parcels to people in need. We are asking for you to assist people in need in our local community again this winter. By supporting the Vinnies Winter Appeal we are helping to bring safety and security to people struggling to make ends meet. Please bring in your donation to school no later than Friday 14 June.
Non perishable items such as:
Toiletries such as:
The time has begun where the two 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:
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.
Towards the end of last year, we were kindly gifted a donation of $1000 from the Ford family, Nicholas (KF) and Emma (Turtles). Rebecca had nominated St Jude’s ELC in her staff charity and community organisation lottery, and our ELC was the lucky winner of the draw. Thank you to Rebecca and Cordelta Management Technology for their support and generous donation. We have purchased new book shelving units for each classroom, as well as a new reading nook.
Rain Coats and Gumboots
Rainy, cold days do not prevent us from enjoying the outdoors. Splashing in the rain puddles is an experience we encourage if your child has the correct clothing to do so. Please consider bringing in (to remain here at school) a pair of gumboots and raincoat.
As you are aware, we are asking parents and children to vote on a new outdoor learning environment and many of them involve tyres. If you have any spare car or motorcycle tyres lying around your garage, we would love to take them off your hands. Please speak to your child’s teacher or myself, if you are able to help.
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 on line enrolment, visit the relevant school website. Enrolments close tomorrow, Friday 31 May.
ELC Enrolments 2020
Spread the word, ELC enrolments are now available online, visit our website for more information. Enrolments close tomorrow, Friday 31 May.
The school disco is on tomorrow evening, 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!
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 www.online.flippingbook.com/view/1048499/ or order at www.entbook.com.au/94h4738
Karen Leighton - St Jude's Early Learning Centre
South Weston Cross Country
On Monday 3 June, we have 50 students representing St Jude’s in the South Weston Cross Country Carnival. Students are to meet Mrs Gibson and Mrs Thomas at Stromlo Forest Park at our designated St Jude’s area. If the carnival is cancelled due to poor weather, radio stations Mix 106.3 and FM 104.7 will be notified by 7.30am. Any further questions please don’t hesitate to contact Leanne Thomas - Leanne.firstname.lastname@example.org
School Sports Representative teams
Currently there are a number of trial opportunities for ACT. If your child plays a sport and would like the extra challenge, please check the Sports Noticeboard for further information. So far we have had 12 students take up the challenge.
St Jude’s Basketball
Does your child play basketball? Are they in Year 3, 4, 5 or 6? Would they like to represent St Jude’s in a gala day? We are looking for both female and male students in Years 3, 4, 5, and 6 to participate in the ACT Basketball Sue Geh and Jamie Pearlman Cup. Please return the note to school or talk with Leanne Thomas.
Students in Year 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 have been participating in AFL clinics this past week. The students have enjoyed learning passing and kicking techniques. Clinics will be held over the next three weeks.
Congratulations to Grace O, Ava O, Megan W, Jade H and Freya M for completing all of their CMRC! Well done and halfway through our term. Plenty of time for all to finish!
This week in the Library we looked at the concept of Reconciliation and what small part we can all play. Kinder and Year 1 children decorated hands in the colours of the Aboriginal flag and we put them together in the shape of blossoms for our poster trees. ”Grounded in truth”
2J decorated feet to add to the theme “Walking together with courage”.
Our Masterchef this week is the 'The Wonderful Weir Family' and they are making 'Jelly Slice'. The ingredients are: plain biscuits, butter, condensed milk, gelatine, lemons & strawberry jelly. We will be selling them for 50 cents.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Coffee orering can be done on Qkr!
Only available to be picked up from 8.15am as the coffee machine needs to warm up. You can create your own profile on Qkr! or use your child’s profile.
Coffee, hot chocolate, tea and chai latte's 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 31 May
Help needed x 1
Wednesday 5 June
Thursday 6 June
Help needed x 2
Mulleyduds will be open:Friday 31 May, 3.00pm to 3.30pm
Friday 7 June, 3.00pm to 3.30pm
Friday 14 June, 3.00pm to 3.30pm
Just a reminder that Uniform Shop orders can be placed electronically via Qkr! and items will then be delivered directly to your child, for them to take home. Pending the availability of our volunteers, Qkr! orders are usually filled on Wednesday mornings, as well as Friday afternoons when the shop is open.
If you need to exchange any item that you have ordered (e.g. for a different size), just send the item and a note back into school with your child to go in the daily message bag to the front office. The volunteers at the Uniform Shop will then swap the item over for you and provide it to your child to take home. If any of the items you have ordered happen to be out of stock at the time, a slip will be provided to your child advising of this. If required, refunds can be arranged via the front office.
All profits from the Uniform Shop go to the St Jude’s Community Council and help fund school projects, such as the new playground equipment built in 2018.
If you have any questions, please direct them to: email@example.com
Finally, if anyone is able to assist at the Uniform Shop on a Friday afternoon from 3.00-3.30pm, your help would be greatly appreciated.
Susana Lloyd, Skye Magure & Alison Egan
Students of the Week
~ Awards Week 4, Term 2~
2BF —Nixon B
4KR—Mitchell R, Jackson O and Abigail F
4L—Jade H, Ethan W and Amy R
Check that your children are tracking the story.
You can do this by reading the sentence and then pausing at a word you know they know.
If they are reading with you (tracking) they will insert the word for you.
If you need to get them to point to the word then do so but if they are reading the story fluently they don’t need to point to the word any more.
They are reading fabulously.