A spiritual gift or charism is an endowment or extraordinary power given by the Holy Spirit. These are the supernatural graces which individual Christians need in order to fulfill the mission of the Church. The seven gifts of the Holy Spirit are: wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and respect for the Lord.
Dear Parents and Carers
Childcare Centres Understaffing
I sent a letter on Wednesday to our school community, highlighting inaccuracies in an online news article which mentioned St John Vianney’s Primary School. I have reprinted much of that letter here.
‘The article is about understaffing in Canberra childcare centres which has led to numerous incidents occurring at many childcare centres in Canberra. It is unfortunate that St John Vinney’s has been mentioned and by association so has St Jude’s Early Learning Centre. All accusations made about SJV and Camp Australia as their out of school hours care provider in the article are incorrect. The principal at SJV and I have no idea where these accusations come from, certainly they do not have any basis in fact in regards to incidents supposedly happening at our ELC or at SJV. Our centre is not understaffed and we are always able to meet staffing regulations.
I have every confidence in Camp Australia who will be taking over as the new out of school hours care provider at St Jude’s from 8 July, 2019.
Catholic Education is formulating a response but I am amazed that a supposedly credible news organisation can make these scurrilous and outrageous claims. Please be assured that our St Jude’s ELC is not associated in any way with any claims made in today’s article’.
Extended Student Absences From School
Students planning on being absent from school for ten days or more, need to apply for leave. This is a requirement of ACT Government in their Education Act 2004. Please contact the front office for an application form if appropriate. Parents heading overseas for family holidays need to be aware of this requirement. Governments and schools expect children to be at school, so parents need to be mindful to plan overseas family holidays around school term breaks. I am finding increasingly that parents are being a little dismissive of the fact that children need to be at school, day in and day out, in order to maximise their learning outcomes. Education is about children maximising opportunities to learn, it is not about children just getting by with minimum achievement. Please don’t put the reduced price of a mid term holiday for the family at the expense of maximising your child’s educational outcomes.
Teachers have been preparing reports. These will be handed to children on Thursday 4 July to take home. If students are absent on this day they will be handed to them the following day. I have read these reports and they are a great insight into the capabilities and character of your sons and daughters. I find the teachers comments instructive, so I know you will as well.
This year’s dance concert is here. The staff have put in a lot of time into ensuring the high standard of past dance concerts is maintained. The school has been performing musicals / dance concerts for some time now and each time they seem to be bigger and better than the last. We are delighted tickets have been in high demand, with even more demand than last year. The seating configuration has been designed to allow seats at floor level as well as grand stand seats, to have good sight of the stage. With the structure of our ticket sales, each family could have access to three tickets on average. I would love to be able to sell more tickets but three performances is enough for the students. I know you will really enjoy the dance concert.
Wishing you well
H a p p y B i r t h d a y t o
Francesco M, Bailey F, Baxter R, Marlia B, Henry C, Finn C, Elise C, India Z, Ryan H, Deirdre K, Sari B, Isabelle G, Noah S, Ethan B, Alexander L, Grace K, Isaac S, Amelia LS, Jared W and Sophie S.
Vinnies Winter Appeal
Last week, Alicia Peterson, along with Mary and John Watts from St Vincent de Paul, came to collect the generous donations that our families gave to help people in our community who are in need. I would like to pass on their sincere thanks for the items. The boot of the car was full to the brim!
Year 6 Confirmation Ministry
As you would be aware, Year 6 will be receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation in September. This is a time when they are confirmed with the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, given to them at their Baptism. They are called to use these gifts through the fruits of the Spirit, to reach out to others. Starting next term, the Year 6 students will be visiting Mirinjani Nursing Home as a part of their Confirmation Ministry. We are looking forward to continuing our association with Mirinjani.
Seasons for Growth
Beginning in week 5 of term 3, we will be implementing an 8 session program called ‘Seasons for Growth’ which is run by Good Grief, through the Sisters of St Joseph: https://www.goodgrief.org.au/. Some staff at St Jude’s who are formally trained as ‘Companions’, spend time during the day with a small group of students who are dealing with some aspect of change, separation, loss or grief. The sessions do not provide counselling or therapy. It is not recommended for children who have experienced loss in the past year or for Kindergarten children.
- aim to support young people to understand and manage grief that is experienced because of change, the loss of a parent or significant other through death, separation or divorce;
- assist in normalising the emotions associated with the loss;
- encourage the expression of thoughts and emotions;
- educate about the grief process;
- develop a peer support network;
- draw on extensive research in developing a sound educative response to loss and grief. ‘Seasons for Growth’ provides opportunities for students to integrate the appropriate knowledge, skills, and attitudes to understand and cope with change, loss and grief, using the metaphor of the seasons.
It helps children to:
- accept the reality of loss;
- work through the pain and grief;
- adjust to an environment in which a significant person is no longer present;
- emotionally relocate and move on with life. However, they do suggest that the young person participates in the program six to twelve months after the loss, as they are in a better position to cope with the program. The program is strictly confidential and implemented with discretion and sensitivity.
Please feel free to talk to your child’s class teacher or myself if you have any questions about the program.
H a p p y B i r t h d a y t o
Nele F and Rafael L
We welcome to our ELC team Lia Gould. Lia is the third educator in both our part time classes and will be with us for the remainder of the year. She is already proving to be a valuable member of our Early Learning Centre.
I came across an article over the weekend about the importance of developing the vestibular sense. It was an interesting read and I highly recommend you take a moment to read it.
The vestibular sense goes back to the incredibly small hairs inside the inner ear. When we move, the fluid in our ears moves and stimulates those hairs, sending the brain information about where our body is in space. The more a child is out of an upright position, the more the fluid will move over the hairs, and the stronger the vestibular sense will become. Children need to put their bodies in all different positions and move them in all different directions in order to get that fluid moving.
The vestibular sense is a cornerstone sense because it affects the incorporation of all of the others senses. What does this look like? Children with a strong vestibular sense are more coordinated and better balanced. Kids who haven't fully developed their vestibular sense tend to be clumsy and run into things. They may not have a good understanding of personal space.
Movement during the day and throughout childhood is crucial. The importance here is monumental. Childhood is when children develop the vestibular sense and it's not happening while they sit still. Circle time, seat work, and computer lab sessions do not contribute to this type of sensory development. This is one reason why recess is so good for academics. Recess helps with brain development. It wakes the brain up so that the student is ready to learn more in the classroom setting.
The Turtles and Lobsters will be participating in the St Jude’s Dance Concert (matinee performance only) today, Friday 28 June at 1pm in the school hall.
Thank you to the parents and grandparents who have donated spare tyres for new playspace. We are still needing a few more so if you have any spare car or motorcycle tyres lying around your garage, we would love to take them off your hands.
ELC Parent Teacher Interviews
Reports have been sent home and parent teacher interviews are under way. If you have not yet booked an interview time, please do so on the booking sheet on your child’s classroom window as soon as possible.
Letters of offer for 2020 ELC places have been mailed this week. If you have applied for ELC enrolment for next year, please check your mailbox over the next few days.
ELC Holiday Care
The ELC will be running a holiday care program for ELC children during the next school holidays. The program will run from from 8.00am to 5.30pm for the two weeks, 8 July to 19 July. More information about the program’s activities and excursions, as well as booking forms, are available at the ELC. Places are limited and bookings need to be submitted by this Friday 28 June.
The final ELC fees for term 2 are now due. As we are approaching the end of term, it is important to check your account balance and ensure all fees up to date. Holiday Care bookings will not be accepted if term fees are outstanding.
Earn and Learn
The Earn and Learn promotion is now finished. Thank you to everyone who has helped collect stickers to support St Mary’s Primary School in Batlow. Thank you to Lauren Orders who has taken on the task of counting how many stickers we have accumulated. If you have any spare stickers lying around your car or kitchen bench, please send them in by tomorrow. Any stickers received after Friday will not be counted in our final tally.
Acting ELC Dirctor
School Sports Representative teams
If you are interested in challenging your skills in your chosen sports, please have a look at the Sports noticeboard for upcoming trials.
St Jude’s Basketball
We have now entered three teams (3/4 Boys, 5/6 Girls and 5/6 Boys) for the upcoming Basketball ACT Championships and Challenges. Notes have been sent home to all students who registered their interest. Could you please return these notes, to the front office as soon as possible. A training session for both 5/6 girls and 5/6 boys teams will be held in week 10.
St Jude’s Netball
This year, Netball ACT will be hosting a gala day for Year 5 and Year 6 girls. If your child is interested in participating in the gala day, please ecnourage them to take a note from Mrs Thomas or their class teacher.
This term, all Year 2 classes have enjoyed chair yoga lessons with Robyn, our yoga instructor. Students have enjoyed learning some yoga poses and developing strategies to encourage good posture. Our Year 1 and Kindy students will be enjoying some lessons with Robyn in term 3.
Congratulations to Jayden H, Joseph B, Finn A, Eloise B, Selena AE, Mathew O, Eliza H, Jessica C, Gregory C, Maria MR, James F, Sari B, Lola C, Samara AM, Mitchell C, Isaac Mc, Sharlotte V, Archer B, Monica F, Millie T, Amelia S, Noah S, Matt G, Liam O, Ella N, Kayley M, Amelia N, Catie C, Indira A, Gemma C, Oliver C, Katherine R, Madeline H, Ava M, Molly S, Caitlin S, Penny A, Lilian D, Amelie M, Abigail F, Rosie G, Georgia W, Lily E and Ryan H for completing their CMRC this week! Still another week or so to go!
* Next week all children may borrow an extra book for the holidays if they would like. Kinder – Year 3 will need a bag to borrow.
Volunteers are still needed for tonight's Dance Concert
We will be serving hot beverages, cold drinks and some snacks prior to the concert. If you can spare a little time to help out, that would be greatly appreciated.
Mulleygrub’s Café can only function with your help. We are having trouble getting the children’s lunches out on time, due to lack of helpers on Fridays. Please consider putting yourself on our roster for once a month or once a fortnight. A regular roster needs to be in place for the canteen to be successful. Ask a friend and come in together. Any amount of time is wonderful. Thursdays and Fridays are especially busy, so if you can, please come in and have a go. Remember to apply for a Working with Vulnerable People card (WWVP). It’s free for volunteers!
Our Masterchef this week is the 'The Spectacular Savage Family' and they are making 'Chocolate Brownies'. The ingredients are: butter, brown sugar, eggs, flour, baking powder and cocoa. We will be selling them for 50 cents.
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. This delays the tallying process in the morning, especially on Fridays when we are very busy. Please do not hesitate to pop into the canteen if you need a run through on how to order.
$1.00 lolly limit per day
Our local Bakers Delight in Cooleman Court rewards our school when we purchase bread from them. When making purchases at Bakers Delight could you please ask for the points to be added to St Jude’s. Over time, the points add up and we benefit from this by receiving free bread for carnivals when Meal Deals are organised. Let your friends and family know! The more people that do it, the more points we get.
The new Coffee machine has arrived!
You can pre-order your morning coffee on Qkr! Pickup only available from 8.15am (the coffee machine needs to warm up). You can create your own profile on Qkr! or use your child’s.
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
Please check the prices when placing lunch orders and check your child’s order (if they have written it out and added it up themselves), ensuring there are no mistakes with pricing or missing money for a paper bag. It may not seem like a lot of money to be missing, 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 altogether, 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. The lunch order process in the morning has all online lunch orders 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.
SOUP IS NOW AVAILABLE!
Creamy pumpkin or chicken & sweet corn.
Wednesday 3 July
Thursday 4 July
Help needed X 2
Friday 5 July
Help needed X 2
Mulleyduds will be open:
Friday 28 June, 3.00pm to 3.30pm
Friday 5 July, 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Maguire and Alison Egan