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Hope is a spark that once struck simply won’t be extinguished. Hope is not about waiting for things outside ourselves to get better. It’s about allowing ourselves to let go of the present and trust the future we cannot see to God.
There is no such thing as life without struggle – death of a loved one, illness, disappointment, rejection, unemployment. These put us at the crossroads between hope and despair. The latter leads to suspicion, negativity, payback and giving up on God.
- Joan Chittister -
Dear Parents and Carers
NAPLAN Online - Food for Thought
Australia’s state and territory education ministers have agreed to delay the national online rollout of NAPLAN until 2021, after thousands of school students were left unable to access or complete online tests earlier this year, due to connectivity problems, including us at St Jude's. The original timeline anticipated all schools in Australia would transition to NAPLAN online by 2020.
The agreement to move this deadline to 2021 was forged at an Education Council meeting of the ministers in Melbourne recently. After the prospect of a national review into the program was knocked back by the Commonwealth Government, the Queensland, New South Wales and Victorian governments agreed to fund their own review. It is disappointing and frustrating that the Commonwealth Government won’t agree to a review when there are very clear faults in the online testing. Around 50 per cent of students across the country took the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) assessment online in May.
Thousands were unable to access or complete the online test due to the connectivity problems. The technological problems schools encountered this year accessing the online platform were disruptive, distressing for some and unacceptable given the amount of time we have been transitioning to date. “It is clearer than ever that NAPLAN is in no way fit for purpose, and that the farcical move to NAPLAN Online has been hasty and ill-conceived. Following the chaos of the widespread NAPLAN online IT outages, no one can have any faith in the data which is produced by this round of testing,” AEU federal president Correna Haythorpe said at the time.
Following recent work done on our playground, a working bee will be held in the near future. As well as the usual tidying up of gardens, planting more shrubs, spreading woodchip, we also need to tidy up around our two new rock walls. Many hands make light work. Our working bees go for two hours only. If you can come along for even one hour it will be appreciated. Our term three working bee will be held on Sunday 22 September from 10am to 12pm. I hope you can make it.
A recent NAIDOC week experience got me thinking about the importance of everyone’s oral history - passing down the story of family, towns and kinship.
Can I suggest the following for you to think about:
- The most important thing we own is our own story.
- It is very important to encourage children to own their own story. Can they tell it?
- We need to decide if we are going to be the main character in our story or allow ourselves to become the secondary character in someone else’s story.
- Learning to tell our own stories requires perspective; we see past struggles and the emotions involved in that journey.
- By learning to tell the most difficult story we’ll ever tell, our own, we develop the tools to tell any story.
- Our personal story matters. When an old person dies, it is like a library burns down and so much is lost. Just like our Indigenous elders tell us, we need to listen now to our dreamtime stories.
- Verbal journaling grows emotional intelligence. The power of telling a story enables the speaker to process it, own it and learn more from it. To encourage children to engage in personal verbal journaling, we (PARENTS) can be the role models. We need to tell our children our story. We can share our stories of what caused us pain/happiness/surprise/laughter/struggle/experiences in our own childhoods. Passing on our stories helps our children understand family, connections, traditions and reasoning behind why things have happened in the past.
Premiering on 1 August, new SBS drama The Hunting will explore the experiences of teenagers as they traverse the complexities of relationships, identity and sexuality via technology. Following the lives of four young Australians, their teachers and families throughout the lead up, revelation and aftermath of a nude teen photo scandal, the timely series aims to promote discussion and awareness to enable positive experiences for our young people online. Further research from the eSafety Commissioner (eSafety) reveals one in 10 Australians have experienced image-based abuse (IBA). This includes intimate, nude or sexual images which are sent without the consent of those featured. Experts suggest conversations about online safety should start in the home, as soon as we hand over devices to children, and be reinforced through their educational journey.
Wishing you well
Community Council Meeting
Our next Community Council Meeting will be held on Tuesday 6 August at 6pm in the library. We look forward to seeing you there.
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.
WODEN VALLEY YOUTH CHOIR
Woden Valley Youth Choir is an exciting and dynamic not-for-profit community choir for young people, with a strong emphasis on Music Education. We don’t just sing – we become musicians.
WVYC will have vacancies in all of its choirs for children entering year 3 next year through to young adults aged up to 25.
Rehearsals are held at Charles Weston School in Coombs on Tuesday evenings but the choir is open to people from all over the Canberra/Queanbeyan area.
Auditions for choristers wishing to commence in September 2019 will be held on Saturday 10 August.
For more information about the choir and the audition process and to download an application form go to wvyc.org.au
ROTARY CLUB OF HALL INDIGENOUS SCHOLARSHIP
WVYC welcomes enquiries from Indigenous young people for the Rotary Club of Hall Indigenous Scholarship. Applicants should contact the administrator on email@example.com to request the guidelines for applying for a scholarship.
We are keen to grow our choir for young men aged 13 to 18 with changing or changed voices and are happy for interested young men to try out the choir before they commit to joining rather than auditioning. If you are interested in sitting in on a few rehearsals please email us or phone 1300 599 655.
WVYC 50TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT
If you’d like to see the choir in action, come to the Woden Valley Youth Choir 50th Anniversary Concert on 24 August in Llewellyn Hall. Tickets available through Ticketek.
Confirmation Commitment Mass
This coming weekend, all Confirmation candidates will be attending a Mass to make a commitment to our parish community to be fully involved in preparation for the sacrament in September. The Mass on Sunday morning at St John Vianney will coincide with a Parish Youth Mass. I encourage all candidates and their families to make a commitment to attend our parish weekend Masses in the lead up to the sacrament.
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke
A man in the crowd said to Jesus, ‘Master, tell my brother to give me a share of our inheritance.’ ‘My friend,’ he replied, ‘who appointed me your judge, or the arbitrator of your claims?’ Then he said to them, ‘Watch, and be on your guard against avarice of any kind, for a man’s life is not made secure by what he owns, even when he has more than he needs.’
Then he told them a parable: ‘There was once a rich man who, having had a good harvest from his land, thought to himself, “What am I to do? I have not enough room to store my crops.” Then he said, “This is what I will do; I will pull down my barns and build bigger ones, and store all my grain and my goods in them, and I will say to my soul: My soul, you have plenty of good things laid by for many years to come; take things easy, eat, drink, have a good time.” But God said to him, “Fool! This very night the demand will be made for your soul; and this hoard of yours, whose will it be then?” So it is when a man stores up treasure for himself in place of making himself rich in the sight of God.’
Reflection and Quiet Time
Jesus’ initial words in today’s reading are simple: Beware of covetousness – of the lure of desiring more things, or more of what we don’t have, including wealth. Not easy, but simple enough to understand and accept. And also, that one’s life does not consist in the abundance of things which he or she possesses. We can probably all agree on this too and can recognise its wisdom either from our own or others’ life experiences. However, further along in his conversation with the man, it appears as though Jesus is warning him against storing up wealth today in order to be prepared financially for the days or years ahead. “What’s wrong with that?”, we may ask. Don’t we need to plan for the future, and can’t we enjoy the fruits of our labour? The key here is in the disposition of the man: notice it is all about him. I will do this. I will gather. Then I will take my rest, eat, drink, make good cheer. Jesus rightly calls him out for this foolishness. We all need money and things to survive, and it’s true that we can’t just think about today, that we need to plan for the future to some extent. But the challenge here is the attitude of our heart. For example, are we detached from our finances enough to give generously? Do we trust God enough to provide good things for us or do we anxiously hoard our wealth in the fear that God won’t come through? And what are we investing in? Do our resources go into things and people that will ultimately help build the Kingdom of God? Let’s ask these questions of ourselves today and ask God to shed light on any shadows in our heart.
Dates to remember
Confirmation Commitment Mass: Weekend of 3 and 4 August
Mary of the Cross Feast Day (Whole School Mass): Thursday 8 August 9.30am
Assumption Day (Whole School Mass): Thursday 15 August 9.30am
Confirmation Family Formation: Tuesday 20 August 6-7pm SJV hall
Primary (Years 3-6) Mass: Thursday 5 September 9.30am
Confirmation Retreat Day: Friday 6 September
Sacrament of Confirmation: Weekend of 14 and 15 September
Happy Birthday Willow M
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 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!). Order forms are in your notes pockets and are due back with payment by 14 August.
St Jude’s Trivia Night
Our annual Trivia Night will be held on Saturday 17 August. It is always a fun community event and it would be great to see lots of ELC parents there. Tickets are available via the Qkr App. For more information, refer to the flyer in this newsletter.
Plastic bottle tops and bread bag tags
The ELC are collecting plastic bottle lids and bread bag tags to support a not-for-profit community initiative. Envision Hands uses 3D printing to turn plastic waste into mechanical hands and arms for kids. You can find a collection bucket at the front desk if you would like to contribute.
Now that it is August, teachers will be monitoring the UV levels. When UV reaches 3 the children are required to wear hats outside. Please ensure your child brings a hat to school with their name clearly labelled on it.
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 the envelope.
Gymnastics Term 4
Thank you for providing feedback on gymnastics. There was an overwhelming response in support of the ELC children participating in another term of gymnastics which will take place in term 4.
Book Week Dress-Up
The annual Book Week Parade will take place in week 5. This year’s theme is ‘Reading is my secret power’. Turtle and Lobster children are invited to come to school dressed as a book character on Friday 23 August and the Stingrays dress-up day will be on Wednesday 21 August.
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 and 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:
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 9 August. Tickets can be purchased through SJV - Qkr! For more information, refer to the flyer in this newsletter.
Karen Leighton - St Jude's Early Learning Centre
St Jude’s Basketball
We have entered three St Jude’s teams (3/4 Boys, 5/6 Girls and 5/6 Boys) for the upcoming Basketball ACT Championships.
5/6 Boys 1 August
5/6 Girls 7 August
3/4 Boys 14 August
Thank you to our parent helpers Miss Mead and Mrs Stincic for organising and coaching the teams. All the very best to all our teams at their respective carnivals.
Here is a photo of some of the year 5/6 boys in their new St Jude's basketball shirts.
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 3 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 shot put, long jump, 70m and 100m events. Students wishing to be considered for discus, 800m and 200m will need to attend the trial on Thursday 8 August from 3.30pm to 4.30pm. Please complete and return the trial permission note which has been sent home with your child last week. Our Athletics Team will be announced after the trial.
Thank you to the Scherer family for donating a book – ‘My Llama Drama’ by Lisa Kalma.
Congratulations to Greta H, Megan K, Poppy M, Ruby C, Laksmi S, Electra M, Benjamin S, Euan A, Addison R, Mary S, Olivia W, Heidi T, Hanna H, Gianna B, Saxon R-H, Monica T, Isla T, Cooper B, Omar G, Charlie M for completing their Chief Minister's Reading Challenge this week!
All of our 30+ Library bags have been loaned out to children and not returned since the holidays. Please send any that you may have back to the Library asap. This mostly applies to ELC, Kinder, Year 1 and 2 children!
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
Lids for Limbs
If you have milk bottle, soft drink or water bottle lids at home, you can help make a difference. We are collecting them for the charity called Envision Hands who create colourful prosthetic limbs for children. You can drop your lids off in the canteen.
Fresh for Kids
Competition time again and it starts from Wednesday 7 August. This year, we have been given coloured stamper pens. Children will be given one with each healthy option they purchase, as well as a sticker on a ticket that they need to fill to go into the competition to win various prizes for themselves or for our school. This is an initiative run by the Sydney Markets and a nationwide competition.
Our Masterchef this week is the 'Kindly Kercher Family' and they are making 'Choc Chunk Cookies'. The ingredients are: sugar, flour, chocolate, butter, milk, eggs and smarties. 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 don’t hesitate to pop into the canteen if you need a run through on how to order.
$1.00 lolly limit per day
Mulleygrubs 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 2 August
Help needed X 1
Wednesday 7 August
Help needed X 1
Thursday 8 August
Help needed X 2
~ Awards Week 1, Term 3 ~
KF—Adam AS, Megan K
KT—George H and Hamish C
KH—Lily A and Darcy K
1S—Laksmi S and Mathew D
1T—Lucas H, Hannah S and Lachlan R
2D—Toby S and Wilson M
2BF —Imogen O, Benjamin L and Emily C
2J—Minna A and Chelsea J
3M—Harry A, Texas Q and Thomas A
3ME—Ellie W and Isabelle G
4KR—Wesley M and Jack K
4L—Gabrielle S, Ellie C and Jude O
5L—Lily E and Javi J
5L—Emma A and Maria M
6S—Salma S and Sam R
6SC—Sophie V and Indira A
Every book a child reads creates new neurons in that child’s brain.
If you want intelligent children give them a book.
If you want more intelligent children give them more books.
National Library of Australia (2016). Reading Pleasures. Canberra, ACT: NLA Publishing. P16
William had a part to play on ABC Playschool on 25 July to recite his favourite poem, Hickory Dickory Dock which will be broadcasted on 3 September.
The photo below is of William on the set of playschool with his Mum and brother Ollie.