- The Messiah is one of you
- Principal's Message
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- ELC News
- Sports News
- Library News
- Mulleyduds Uniform Shop
- Mulleygrubs Café
- St Jude's Trivia Night Flyer - Saturday 17 August - 6.30pm
- SJV Trivia Night Flyer - Friday 9 August - 6.30pm
- Reading Corner
- School Assembly
- School Banking
"No I am sorry," the Rabbi responded. "I have no advice to give. The only thing I can tell you is that the Messiah is one of you."…As they contemplated this, the old monks began to treat each other with extraordinary respect on the off chance that one among them might be the Messiah…There was something strangely magnetic radiating out and permeating the atmosphere of the place…Soon the monastery became a vibrant centre of light and spirituality.
A condensed version of the story of The Abbott, the Rabbi and the Monastery
Trees in Playground
Over the holidays, I arranged for an inspection and maintenance of our trees. In addition to the usual tidying up of limbs and the necessary removal of a dead tree, I was particularly keen to have our arborist inspect the magnificent red gums on our site. The oldest of these red gums is believed to be around three hundred years old with several others likely to be around the two hundred year mark. How fortunate are we to have these sentinels on our grounds! Please see the beautiful comment from our arborist on our red gums. ‘Overall, the old red gums on the site are in good condition. The historical and ecological value of the old girl at the front of the school is off the charts. I counted at least 8 naturally formed hollows in the tree, many of them with signs of frequent use.’
School Satisfaction Surveys
The annual satisfaction surveys of parents, students and staff will be conducted on behalf of all Catholic schools in our Archdiocese this term. The surveys are designed to gather feedback from parents, staff and students (Years 3-6) about our school and will be used to inform school improvement. Responses are confidential and individuals can not be identified. The surveys will be launched via email on 29 July and close on 9 August using email addresses supplied to class / grade parent class contacts. If you do not receive an email with a link to the survey, you can access and complete the survey at the following link: https://www.research.net/r/stjudesparent2019
Nationally Consistent Collection of Data - Not relevant to all students
Catholic Education continues to improve the personal planning tool that schools use to document information about supporting students who have disabilities or learning difficulties. This data is provided to the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with a Disability (NCCD). The NCCD gives schools, parents, guardians, carers, and education authorities information about the number of students receiving adjustments and types of support provided. All this information is de-identified before data is collected.
In response to changing documentation expectations, St Jude’s has renewed its policies and procedures. In future, two formal interviews will be offered during terms 1 and 3, to discuss matrices and plans. However, this year we are in a transition year. Many of you have reviewed the matrix and plan from classroom teachers. These documents help identify your child’s needs and specify the support the school is putting in place to address these. Once you have reread the matrix and plan, could you sign the single form acknowledging you have received this documentation and send back to Ms Western for filing. The matrix and plan are for your records.
Recently, some excavator work was generously done by Bobby Jadric at school. He had his excavator level out the fill at the side of the oval (The Mine) as well as excavate along the side of the new playground for a path. Many thanks Bobby.
Keep in your Prayers
Please keep the Hewitt and Ford families in your prayers, as Issy and Abi Hewitt have recently lost their Grandmother. May God give Mrs Hewitt eternal rest.
Term 3 Sport
This term, students will participate in Gymnastics. Please refer to the days and times below, outlining when your child’s class will be participating in gymnastics. Please ensure your child is wearing their sports uniform on that day. Friday is our regular sports day as well and children will need to come to school in their sports uniform. Please note that your child's classroom teacher may ask children to wear their sports uniform on one extra day, so please keep this in mind.
1.00- 1.45 - 3ME and Year 4
2.00 – 2.45 - Year 6
12.00- 12.45 - Kinder and 1S
12.45 – 1.30 - Year 5 and 3M
2.00- 2.45 - Year 2 and 1T
Wishing you well
H a p p y B i r t h d a y t o
Anji AB, Samara AM, Brody C, Isabella H, Euan A, Lily K, Sarah M, Lucas H, Bailey M, Selena AE, Eliza H, Olivia M, Lily A, Maeve W, Natasha M, Blake K, Tara F, Saxon RH, Abigail F, Isla T,
Addison P, Braden J and Samuel LS.
Dance Concert Video
If you would like a copy of the Dance Concert video, please send in a USB stick with your child's name and class clearly labelled on an envelope. The USB will be returned to your child during term 3. To protect the privacy of all students, please do not upload any part of this video on to the internet.
This morning classes from the ELC to Year 2 came together with Fr Michael and the parishioners to celebrate Mass together. Thank you to the teachers but a special thanks to Miss Tsiouris for her organisation and planning for the Mass. Thank you to Sophie L and Catie C for altar serving.
This term a large number of our Year 6 students will be making the Sacrament of Confirmation. Preparations for the sacrament have begun in the classes. Next Tuesday evening, between 6-7pm, Fr Michael will be holding an Adult Formation evening at St John Vianney Church, where at least one parent is required to attend. Candidates are required to attend a Commitment Mass on the weekend of 3 and 4 August, to make a commitment to the parish. If you have not done so already, please register your child for the sacrament via the school Qkr! app.
Please note that if your child is making the sacrament on 14 September, you must register on the St Jude’s Qkr! app. If your child is making the sacrament on 15 September, you must register on the SJV app.
Seasons for Growth
Beginning in week 6 of term 3, we will be offering 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.
Last term, an invitation was re-sent to the Year 4 and 5 students who have made their First Eucharist, to become altar servers in our parish. This invitation is to serve at our school Masses and weekend Masses. The parish will provide full training. Altar serving draws children into a greater understanding of the Mass and the feeling of community that supports it. Please return completed forms to me as soon as possible.
Happy Birthday Grace S, Alice L, Elina M, Ella H and Anica K
Welcome back to term 3. We hope you enjoyed the holiday break. The children who attended our holiday care program enjoyed a range of activities including catching a bus to Woden to see a movie; mini-golf; Let’s Play, Lego challenge; baking; kite flying; tie-dying and even creating a vertical garden. A big thank you to Bunnings at Tuggeranong for providing all the supplies for the vertical garden and for coming along to help us put it together. Our edible garden is coming along nicely.
Thank you to all the parents and grandparents who have been our Mystery Readers. We will continue Mystery Readers this term. If you can spare some time to come in and read a book or two, add your name to the term 3 roster on the classroom door. Your child will love the surprise.
Thank you also to those parents and friends who joined us to celebrate Mass this morning with the Kinder, Year 1 and Year 2 classes. I know your children feel very special when you are able to join us.
We have three books remaining in our office. If you are interested in purchasing a hard copy, please drop in and see us. Alternatively, you can purchase an online book through www.entbook.com.au/94h4738.
ELC Tea Towel Fundraiser
Started your Christmas shopping yet? The ELC will be creating a tea towel featuring self portraits of all the ELC children. It will make a perfect Christmas present and a wonderful reminder of your time at the ELC. Tea towels will be available for $15 or 3 for $40 (cash or Qkr!) and order forms will be in your notes pockets next week.
Dance Concert Video
If you would like a copy of the Dance Concert video, please send in a USB with your child’s name and class clearly labelled on an envelope. To protect the privacy of all students, please do not upload any part of this video on to the internet.
Gymnastics Term 4
Many children and parents have made comments in regards to continuing the gymnastics program. Please take the time to register your interest in a possible second program to be run over term 4. A form is located on the sign in desk.
St Jude's Trivia Night
The St Jude’s Trivia Night is fast approaching! Get your tickets now on Qkr!
If you have your table organised and paid for (via QKR or at the front office) please email email@example.com or call 0410 486767.
- Tables are min 8/max 10 people.
- If you want to reserve a whole table you must pay the full amount of $200 (8 people). If you end up with 9 or 10, then just pay the extra $25 per head.
- Single ticket holders will be allocated a table. It's a great way to meet people and make new friends at the school.
For more information, refer to the flyer in this newsletter.
St John Vianney’s hosts a play group for children aged 0-5 on Wednesdays from 9.30am to 11am. There is a fortnightly program runnning but on the alternate weeks, the room is made available for playgroup parents to organise their own social catch up. The term 3 program dates and activity focus are:
24 July: Winter
7 August: Fine Fingers
21 August: Music
4 September: Cooking
18 September: Gross Motor
For more information, a flyer is available in our ELC office or at SJV.
SJV Trivia Night
SJV are holding a trivia night on Friday 9 August. Tickets can be purchased through SJV, on Qkr! For more information, refer to the flyer in this newsletter.
Acting ELC Director
St Jude’s Basketball
We have entered three St Jude’s teams (3/4 boys, 5/6 girls & 5/6 boys) for the upcoming Basketball ACT Championships:
5/6 Boys - 1 August
5/6 Girls - 7 August
3/4 Boys - 14 August
Notes have been sent home to all students who have registered their interest. Could you please return the note, to the front office, as soon as possible. A training session for both 5/6 girls and 5/6 boys teams will be held on Friday 26 July and a second session for all teams (5/6 girls, 5/6 boys and 3/4 boys) will run on Friday 2 August. Thank you to our parent helpers, Miss Mead and Mrs Stincic for organising and coaching the teams.
St Jude’s Netball
We have entered two St Jude’s 5/6 girls teams for the upcoming Southside Netball Championships. If your child has nominated to be a part of the team, a permission note will be sent home this week. Please consider offering to help the teams by coaching or umpiring, as we do require a coach and umpire for both teams. A training session will be organised in week 2 for both 5/6 girls teams.
South Weston Athletics Carnival and Trial
The South Weston Athletics Carnival will be held on Wednesday 21 August. Times and places from our school carnival will allow some students to be considered in the events of shot put, long jump, 70m and 100m track. A trial will be run on Thursday 8 August from 3.30pm to 4.30pm for students wanting to be considered for discus, 800m and 200m events. If your child is interested, and is turning 8 years old or over, please complete the trial permission note which will be sent home tomorrow.
Soccer Development Squad
All students aged 6 to 18 have been invited to trials on 25 August at the University of Canberra for a development squad team, run by Coerver Coaching Performance Academy. For further information please use the link https://coerveract.com.au/performance-academy-programs
Congratulations to Charlie D, Abby M, Georgia M, George H, Ella B, Lucy N, Arjun M, Caleb H, Alice C, Poppy K, Siena R, Miah A, Ben W, Nina S, Abigail T, Ashley T, Joshua Mc, Jonah Mac, Cooper B, Ethan R, Noah F, Reuben L, Halle T, Anna Mc, Salma S, Ria M, Alice B, Summer C, Ava B, Dani A, Grace K, Tayla B, Thyana L, Sophie V, Ella V, Pandora K, Ella A, Charlie M, Hailee W, Lily H, Ann-Maria M, Jasmyn V, Saffron C, Maddie O, Ewan A, Ari N, Jack D. Congratulations to all those children who completed their Chief Minister’s Reading Challenge over the holidays and handed their forms into the Library! Well done! Any more? Please hand these in asap…
Welcome to an exciting term in Library – Book Week happens this term in week 5! Lots of activities related to the shortlisted books (on display in the Library) will be occurring in the weeks leading up to the announcement of the overall winners in week 5. The theme for 2019 is 'Reading is my secret power'.
I will be sending home an information note with the eldest in the family next week. Please look out for it and have a read.
Mulleyduds will be open:
Friday 2 August, 3.00pm to 3.30pm
Friday 9 August, 3.00pm to 3.30pm
Friday 16 August, 3.00pm to 3.30pm
Friday 23 August, 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
Welcome Back to School
Our Masterchef this week is the 'The Delightful Durran Family' and they are making 'Rainbow Cookies'. The ingredients are: flour, eggs, vanilla, sprinkles and food colouring. We will be selling them for 50 cents.
Consistent Qkr! Problems
Please ensure online lunch orders are for the correct day and that you complete the order and receive the receipt number. Too many children are arriving at lunch time, upset that their lunch orders are missing. Please update your children’s classes for this year.
Mulleygrubs Café can only function with your help. Any amount of time would be helpful. Thursdays and Fridays are especially busy so if you can, please come in and help out. I’ll even make you a cuppa! Remember to apply for a Working with Vulnerable People card (WWVP). It’s free for volunteers!
Friday 26 July
Help needed X 1
Wednesday 31 July
Help needed X 1
Thursday 1 August
Help needed X 2
$1.00 lolly limit per day