Thank you for all you have done to get our school year off to a good start. I happened to see the below article yesterday and thought it should be reprinted here.
Third Generation St Jude’s Student—Some things run in the family, hobbies, appearance, sporting teams, and sometimes, schools. Maria Hicks believes that her grandson will be the first third generation student to attend St Jude’s in Holder. Harry has just started at St Jude’s Early Learning Centre, his mother Emily attended St Jude’s Primary from 2000-2002 and Maria attended back at the very beginning. “I was here from 1975, the very first year that it opened,” she said.
“Being a defence force family, whenever we’ve had postings back to Canberra, we’ve always lived in this area to make sure our children went to this school because I had such fond memories of being here,” she said. Maria said that one of the things she liked about the school was that its moderate size ensured a close school atmosphere and community. “It was easy to do because there was always such a strong community that the work was shared and it was never a hardship,” said Maria.
Fond memories of the school run in the family. Maria’s daughter Emily also speaks highly of her time with the school and when the time came for schooling Harry, the choice was automatic. “I liked the friendships I made here, the location, and it was very close to my grandparents’ house. We had great teachers and some great times, playing netball together, spending weekends together with our families. Just a great experience and I’m hoping it will be the same for Harry.”
Daily Voice 13/2/2019
Swim Carnival Next Week—Good luck to all children at our carnival next week. I am delighted to see the number of entries in the 50m and 100m events. It is always a great day so I hope many parents will be able to get to Queanbeyan Pool for part of the day.
Community Council Meeting—Our first Community Council meeting for the year will be held on Tuesday 19 February 2019 at 6.00pm. Meetings are held in the library and all are welcome. This first meeting is our AGM, where the positions of Chair, Deputy Chair and Secretary will be up for nomination. I recommend you consider nominating yourself for these positions as they are a great way to give back to this school and community. If you would like to nominate please send your nomination via email to Peter Galvin or Nicole Bourke at Peter.Galvin@cg.catholic.edu.au and firstname.lastname@example.org
School Leaders in 2019—School Captains: Cooper B and Issy M
House Captains and Vice Captains:
- Mulley: Captain – Cooper M Vice Captain – Tayla B
- Streeton: Captain – Ella N Vice Captain – Alice B
- Dixon: Captain – Oliver L Vice Captain – Kayley M
- Hindmarsh: Captain – Matthew H Vice Captain – Georgia M
Peer Leaders: Emily R, Grace A, Sophie L, Anna McG
Kindergarten—The Kindergarten teachers are on the search for some pre-loved toys and materials that will help us make Kinder even more fun! If you have any of the following at home, please send them into the Kindergarten teachers: Mobilo; Lego; craft scissors with different patterns; building blocks and chunky beads. Thank you.
Mrs Thiele, Mrs Feerick and Mrs Henry.
Student Wellbeing—SchoolTV—Today parents face a multitude of modern day challenges in raising happy, well and resilient young people. Whilst there is a great deal of information available, this can often be confusing and overwhelming for parents looking for guidance. SchoolTV addresses this as a new online resource designed to empower you as parents with credible and sound information with realistic, practical ongoing support strategies. https://stjudesps.act.schooltv.me (cut and past in to your browser.)
I urge you to look at this site, whether you have primary or high school age children. You really do need to have a look at this parent empowering site. It is designed to support parents. Some recent special reports you might be interested in are:
- SPECIAL REPORT: Smartphones in Schools
“Mobile phones are not only distracting, but cause stress for young children. Enabling them to focus on lessons and learn better socialising skills, can reduce their social media use and minimise online bullying.”
Dr Michael Carr-Gregg
- SPECIAL REPORT: Online Game Fortnite
“The game can be problematic for those kids who play in an ‘obsessive way’. It will interfere with their sleep, it will interfere with, obviously, homework, and it’ll interfere with normal relationships at home.”
Dr Michael Carr-Gregg
- SPECIAL REPORT: Cyberbullying
“Up to 70% of primary school kids are on social media but they simply do not have the neurological maturity to manage their digital footprint. Parents need to get tough and understand the risks associated with it.”
Dr Michael Carr-Gregg
School Newsletter—The newsletter will be distributed to families during week 1 in hard copy. From week 2 onwards, the newsletter will be distributed electronically via SkoolBag and will be uploaded on to the school web site. If you do not have access to the internet, please let the front office know and we can provide a hard copy of the newsletter each week. Please note that we are in the process of changing messaging services, so if you are a new family to St Jude’s, there is no need to download SkoolBag at this time. We will advise families when the new messaging service will be available.
A Welcome to our Parish Youth Minister—As a parish we are pleased to welcome Theresa Corson who will be working with Fr Michael and both our parish schools. Theresa will be working predominately with the Year 5 and 6 students each Monday.
2019 Student Residential Address and Other Information collection notice—This notice is from the Australian Government Department of Education and Training (the department), to advise you that the department has requested that your child’s school provide a statement of addresses, in accordance with the Australian Education Regulation 2013 (Cth) (Regulation). A statement of addresses contains the following information about each student at the school:
- Student residential address (not student names)
- Student level of education (i.e. whether the student is a primary or secondary student)
- Student boarding school status (i.e. whether the student is boarding or a day student)
- Names and residential addresses of students’ parent(s) and/or guardian(s) Schools generate a record number for each student for the purposes of this collection, which is also provided to the department.
Purpose of the collection: This collection is routinely used to inform Commonwealth school education policy, and to help ensure that Commonwealth funding arrangements for non government schools are based on need, and are fair and transparent.
On 20 September 2018, the Government announced that it will implement a new, improved capacity to contribute methodology used in the calculation of the Commonwealth’s needs-based funding arrangements for non government schools. This follows a review of the existing socio-economic status (SES) score methodology by the National School Resourcing Board. Further information about the review and the Government’s response can be found here: https://www.education.gov.au/review-socio-economic-status-sesscore-methodology
The information collected in the statement of addresses will be used to refine the new capacity to contribute methodology and may also be used in school funding calculations from 2020.
The Beatitudes—This year, our school is having a focus on the Beatitudes. The Beatitudes are taken from the Gospel of Matthew (Matt 5: 3-10). They are the opening to the Sermon on the Mount and they are the heart of Jesus’ teaching. They describe eight ways that God enters our human lives and invites us into divine relationship. They offer insight into Christian discipleship. Next Monday, 6CG will be leading the school in a prayer assembly where the students will begin to learn about how the Beatitudes can help them lead a full life.
The Sacraments of Penance and Eucharist—This term the Sacraments of Penance and Eucharist will be celebrated in our parish. All registrations and payments will be made with the school where the sacrament is being made. Mrs Hancock is finalising details regarding the Qkr! App for payments.
Catholic Schools Youth Ministry International (CSYMI)—As mentioned in our newsletter last week, Theresa Corson is with us each Monday. On Monday 18 March, Year 6 students will be a part of a retreat called ‘Journey with Jesus’. From this students will be invited to be part of a Youth Ministry at St Jude’s. Watch this space for more information!
Growing Good Men, 5 to 7 April—‘Growing Good Men’ is a unique opportunity for dads and their teenage sons to embark on a quest of discovery. A son’s relationship with his father can be a powerful guiding force as he wrestles with the questions of what kind a man he is becoming. The most important ingredient in this relationship is time.
- When: 5-7 April 2019
- Where: Warrambui Retreat Centre
- Who: Fathers and Boys in Year 7 & 8
- Cost: $400 inclusive of meals and accommodation for a father and son pair.
- Contact: Nathan Ahearne email@example.com
Religious Education Coordinator
Thank you to the families who attended the Parent Information Night on Tuesday night and particularly those who signed up to help on our fete stall and volunteered to be Community Council Representatives. This week, many of the ELC children have starting using each other’s names in conversations and when retelling events. Already the children are becoming more confident during transitions throughout the day and are getting better at looking after their belongings. Children’s relationships between staff, children and families are developing and strengthening.
ELC families—if you have your WWVP card and would like to come and spend time in the ELC please do so. We thank you all for a positive start to the year.
Library—The children have all enjoyed at least one library session. Please remember bring your library bag and return your book on Wednesdays (Stingrays and Lobsters) and Fridays (Turtles).
Parent Sharing Meetings—If you are yet to book a Parent Sharing meeting with your child’s teacher, please add your name to the booking sheet on the classroom entry window.
St Jude’s Fete—The St Jude’s Fete is on Saturday 16 March, 10am to 2pm. It is always a wonderful community event and a great place to meet other parents. This year the ELC will be running two ‘side show ally’ stalls being a hair spray stall and a ball toss. If you have not yet added your name to the ELC fete roster, we still have empty spaces which we encourage you to fill. The Fete roster is located in the ELC foyer.
Community Council Meeting—The St Jude’s Community Council meeting will be held this coming Tuesday, 19 February, at 6pm in the school library. All are welcome.
Student absences—Please advise the ELC office and your child’s teacher if your child is going to be absent from school. This can be via phone or email.
Music Engagement Program—Wednesday 20 February, 6pm-8:30pm at St Jude’s Primary School. The Music Engagement Program offers an approach to music making that not only provides a music education alternative for schools but helps families understand the unique importance of music in family and community life. The school becomes not just a provider of music making that is missing in society, but offers a way for parents to re-engage with active music making for the benefit of themselves and their children. MEP courses are appropriate for parents, as well as teachers, to learn how the simple act of music making can bring us closer together without the stress and strain usually associated with traditional music lessons and practice. Please email the ELC office to register your attendance.
ELC Accounts—Account statements for weeks 3 and 4 were sent out today. A friendly reminder that payments for weeks 1 and 2 are now due and payments for weeks 3 and 4 are due next Friday 22 February. If you have not received your fee statement by email, please contact the ELC as soon as possible.
Acting ELC Director
Last weekend, we had some fabulous representatives from St Jude’s at the Weetbix Tryathlon Challenge. So many students were doing their best which was amazing to see! Congratulations to all who participated. Enjoy some photos of the event on page 7 of this newsletter.
If you are interested in participating in the Catholic Schools Soccer Carnival please return you note by Thursday 21 February. Any questions please see with Mrs Gibson or Mrs Thomas.
Swimming Carnival next Wednesday—Please come with your house spirit!! All names of students participating in the races have been given a heat and race lane. Please check these on the PE notice board from Friday morning onwards. If you see a problem please see Mrs Thomas.
Lastly, thank you so much to all our wonderful parents and community members who have volunteered for our schools swimming carnival. It will be a wonderful day! If you do happen to have a bronze medallion and are able to assist at the carnival could you please let me know ASAP!
All children in the ELC have been to visit the Library now and borrowed books - just wonderful! If parents of children in Lobsters & Stingrays (or any other parents) would like their children to change their books more often, they are very welcome to drop into the Library after school to do so.
We have been talking about the “Goldilocks” rule for choosing “Just Right” books to borrow. Is your book too hard? Too easy? Or just right?
Mulleyduds will be open:
Friday 15 February, 3.00pm to 3.30pm
We are currently experiencing a delay in receiving our orders for size 10, blue polo shirts.
This delay is beyond our control and we thank you for your patience in waiting for the shirts to arrive.
You can order your child’s summer uniform via Qkr! or the front office email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please contact the front office if you are waiting on a uniform order.
Thank you to all the volunteers who are helping in the uniform shop. Your time is very much appreciated.
Qkr!—Ordering for lunch orders and meal deals. For our new families, you can download the Qkr! app and register your child to place online lunch orders. For existing families ensure you have updated your children’s classes for 2019. Please ensure online lunch orders are for the correct day and that you get a receipt number. Please don’t hesitate to pop into the canteen if you need a run through on how to order.
Volunteers—Mulleygrub’s Café can only function with your help. Now that the new year has begun, maybe you can spare some time and help in the canteen? A note will be sent home soon so if you’re interested in helping out, you can put your details down and days/times when you’re available. Any amount of time is helpful. 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!
Swimming Carnival—is on Wednesday 20 February. Thank you to everyone who has put their hand up to help. It’s going to be a great day! There will be a sausage sizzle meal deal available for $5 for those wishing to order one. Meal deal forms have gone home and need to be returned ASAP. Payment can be made through Qkr! or by cash.
Masterchef—Our Masterchef this week is the ‘Delicious Durran Family ’ and they are making ‘Marsbar slice’. The ingredients are: mars bars, rice bubbles, butter and chocolate . We will be selling them for 50 cents each.
Lunch Orders—Please check canteen prices when placing orders and check your child’s order if they have written and added their own order just to ensure there are no mistakes with pricing or missing money for a paper bag. It may not sound like much however at the end of every week it amounts to quite a lot.
* Could you please remind your children that if they have a stamp on their lunch bag they need to return to the canteen to collect the missing items*.
Children who forget to put their lunch orders in before 10am or forget their lunch will be offered a vegemite OR cheese sandwich and a piece of fruit. I will then contact the parents and let them know the outstanding amount to be paid. Could parents please stop supplying bags when they have ordered online. This is causing a lot of confusion. With the process in the morning, all online lunch orders are prepared before the lunch tub returns meaning all labels have been stuck to bags. Please just pay the 10c for a bag if you order online.
Canteen Roster - Week 2
|Thursday 14 February||Friday 15 February|
|help needed||Belinda Mc|
|help needed||Wendy D|
|help needed||help needed|
Canteen Roster - Week 3
Wednesday 20 February
|Thursday 21 February||Friday 22 February|
|help needed||Belinda Mc|
|help needed||help needed|
It sounds like REEDING to me!
Tuesday 26 February 2019 @ 7:00pm – 8.00pm
I will be giving my yearly talk about how to read with your children on Tuesday 26 February 2019 in our library at 7:00pm. Everyone is welcome to come and we recommend that Kinder, Year 1 parents, carers and grandparents attend. We welcome parents who attend the second time if they want a refresher. We will discuss and demonstrate reading strategies to assist you with your young readers and align you with the practices used in our school. I look forward to seeing you then.
St Jude’s Community Council News
What a shame we had to cancel the St Jude’s welcome picnic due to the bad weather.
Community Council Meeting - The next Community Council meeting will be held on Tuesday 19 February 2019 at 6.00pm. Meetings are held in the library and all are welcome. This first meeting is our AGM, where the positions of Chair, Deputy Chair and Secretary will be up for nomination. I recommend you consider nominating yourself for these positions as they are a great way to give back to this fantastic school and community. If you would like to nominate please send your nomination via email to Peter and myself at Peter.Galvin@cg.catholic.edu.au and email@example.com
St Jude’s Fete 2019 - Our fete will be on Saturday 16 March 2019. The fete committee is well under way with the organising of the fete. Please keep your eye out for further information and assist where you can. It is a great day and a lovely opportunity to contribute and get to know all of the fantastic members of our school community.
Trash and Treasure - The Shed – We still require volunteers to look after the Trash and Treasure stall for this year’s fete. Until we have some volunteers we are unable to open the shed for families to drop off their pre-loved goods. If anyone would like to assist/volunteer can you please contact the fete committee at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0410657570 (Sylvia Gallagher). To keep up to date with events and news, you can follow all sorts of communication from the school through the St Jude's website, SkoolBag app, Newsletter and the St Judes Community on Facebook.
Have a great weekend.
St Jude’s Community Council Chair