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- St Jude's Trivia Night, Saturday 17 August at 6.30pm
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- St Jude's Trivia Night Flyer - Saturday 17 August - 6.30pm
The Christian feast day of the Assumption of Mary celebrates the belief that God assumed the Virgin Mary into Heaven following her death. Assumption Day is celebrated on or around August 15 in many countries, particularly in parts of Europe and South America.
Dear Parents and Carers
Last week I was out and about when I overheard a mother interrogating her child about his day…. What happened? Who got into trouble? Why were you involved? What was the punishment? At no stage was he asked for a highlight of his day. It took every last bit of my resolve not to say something! I wanted to say, “Focus on the good bits, I am sure there were heaps”. If she had I am sure:
- The day would seem, in retrospect, to have actually been a learning day.
- The focus on the positive would have relieved the obvious anxiety of the child.
- The negativity left by one problem would not overshadow all the good that had occurred during the rest of the day.
- Their conversation tone would have been completely different.
I hear myself saying PERSPECTIVE a lot. When we see something, we see it from our own perspective. Yet there may be many perspectives, many ways to look at what is happening. I know it is hard sometimes but the positive approach can often allay taking on the negative emotion involved in an event. I give you this example: We go to a sports game. Our side loses. We get upset. It spoils our memory of this event. Could you look at it differently? I get to go to a great sports event and cheer for my team. They lose but they provided great suspense and entertainment. I leave grateful for this opportunity and I remember being there. It is all about perspective!
Catholic Education Office
Several working parties were formed from a cross-section of employees of Canberra Goulburn CEO last year to talk about improvements to our system which in turn will result in improved student outcomes. A summary of the various working parties is included below for your information. All parents, students and staff have a vested interest in improvement so ‘watch this space’.
We need to focus on the important educational activity that makes the greatest difference for our students where it matters, remove distractions and renew our shared mission in Catholic education.
We need a system improvement program, underpinned by government funding to specifically address the challenges faced by Catholic Education, Canberra and Goulburn and is focused on two areas:
- Mission and Our Learning Agenda:
Improvements that deliver the best possible Catholic education to our students and supports their development as successful learners, confident, creative individuals and active, informed citizens. In our schools, the community, the clergy and the Catholic Education Office, everyone holds an authentic commitment to faith and mission and to ensuring the success and wellbeing of our students.
- A high-value system:
Improvements that position our systems and processes to best support our mission, our learning agenda and the operations of our schools. We will remove distractions and barriers to delivering the Catholic education system our students deserve and realise the Catholic education system that our staff are excited to lead learning within.
The Holiday Club team at Camp Australia is pleased to let you know that your school has gone live with bookings for the upcoming Spring holiday season. We are proud to present to you, a program designed for the inner superhero in all kids. Built upon the foundations of child and family feedback, our program explores the true purpose of a superhero. We’ve created activities to help kids build their ideal superhero character in Masks & Magic, experience their first mission in Operation: Rescue, bowl away the baddies in Strike Force! and a lot more. See www.campaustralia.com.au for more information.
Volunteer needed - BookClub Coordinator 2020
The St Jude’s Scholastic Book Club coordinator is leaving the school community at the end of 2019. We are looking for someone to take over this volunteer role to ensure that St Jude’s continues to be able to access books and resources for children and classrooms through the Scholastic Book Club Australia rewards program. The commitment comprises of six catalogue issues per year; two in each term except term three, when the school holds its book fair. It's a job that can be done outside of school hours and takes approximately two to three hours for each catalogue issue, so it is an easy and valuable way to contribute to the school community. Our current coordinator, Kylie Ochsenbein will provide training for both catalogue issues in term 4. Please get in touch with the school if you are interested. Questions can be directed to Kylie on 0410486767 or email@example.com
Keep in your Prayers
Please keep the Ochsenbein family in your prayers, as Jackson (4KR) has recently lost his Grandmother. May God give Jackson's Grandmother eternal rest.
Wishing you well
A reminder for parents: if your child will be absent from BSC or ASC, please contact Camp Australia via their portal or text / call: 0411 554 854.
Family Fee Statements
Family school fee statements were sent home recently. If you did not receive your fee statement for term 3, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
The Feast of the Assumption
Today, the school community came together to celebrate the Feast of the Assumption. With Mary, the Tradition inspired by the Holy Spirit, tells us that at the end of her earthly life, she gracefully made the transition from earthly to heavenly existence. That is what we mean by ‘The Assumption’. It has been believed and celebrated since the early centuries of the Church.
Reflection and Quiet Time
Many mothers will tell you that the nicest gift that they can get from their child is a little card or some small object which they have made themselves. It far outweighs some very expensive, glittery present.
Why? Because it gives something of the son or daughter – something personal, something of their life.
I think mothers especially appreciate this because a mother carries her child in her womb for nine months, giving that child a share in her own life. Here is an extraordinary thought – what if a child were really able to share its life with the mother? A sort of reversal of roles.
That is what we believe happened between Our Risen Lord and his mother, Mary.
It is our faith that Mary, the Mother of our Lord, has been gifted by her Son with a share in His new state of life. He now nourishes her with his Resurrection life, and that means that her body and soul, her total humanity, is suffused with divine glory. Fr Michael Tate
Please keep the Year 6 students in your thoughts and prayers, as they continue their preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation in September. All registrations were due to be completed via the Qkr! app on Tuesday. If you have not done so, please contact Natalie at the front office.
Dates to remember:
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 14/15 September.
Happy Birthday Eric J, Ava L, Max D
Yesterday we were lucky enough to join the primary school in the Musica Viva Concert. The children were fascinated by the different instruments and telling a story through sounds and songs.
Many children are bringing toys from home to school and we strongly discourage this. We have many toys and activities at the ELC to engage the children, so there is no need to bring in personal items. Home toys are causing many disruptions to class time and we are asking for your help to ensure your child respects this rule.
Book Week Dress Up
The annual Book Week Parade will take place next week. 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 will be joining the primary school parade in the hall at 9.15am. The Stingrays dress up day will be on Wednesday 21 August and will parade in the corridors of the primary school at 9:15am.
St Jude’s Trivia Night
Our annual Trivia Night will be held this 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. Check your notes pockets for more information.
Plastic bottle tops and bread bag tags
The ELC are collecting plastic bottle lids and bread bag tags to support a non 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.
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.
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:
21 August: Music
4 September: Cooking
18 September: Gross motor
For more information a flyer is available in our ELC office or at SJV.
Karen Leighton - St Jude's Early Learning Centre
If you are interested in trialling for the School Sports ACT Cricket team, information has just been received for both the 12 and under girls and boys teams. Please see the Sports noticeboard for further information.
Ella N (6CG) and Amelia N (6S) will be representing the ACT at the National Cross Country Championships in Wollongong. We wish them both well and can’t wait to hear their results.
Ollie C (6CG) represented the ACT with the U12s School Sports AFL team last week in WA. He had a fabulous time and was challenged with his AFL skills. Congratulations Ollie.
Our 3/4 boys basketball team took to the court yesterday. A huge thank you to Mrs Orders and Mr Fulton for looking after the team in training sessions, preparation for the day and on the big day.
South Weston Athletics
All students who have qualified for the South Weston Athletics Carnival have received the timetable and permission note. Please return your permission and $10 to the front office ASAP. Events will begin at 8.30am on Wednesday 21 August.
Brett Hobbins (PE Teacher & Sports Coordinator Hughes Primary School) is looking for volunteers to assist at the South Western Athletics Carnival. If you are able to assist Brett in anyway, please contact him on 6142 0733 or via email email@example.com
5/6 Netball Gala Day
All students participating in the Netball Gala Day have been busy game plans and building skills for the day at training this week. A huge thank you to Miss Jameson and our fabulous volunteers for coaching, managing and umpiring. Students are to be at Calwell Netball Courts at 8.30am in their St Jude’s Sports Uniform (not Year 6 shirts please). If you are at all available to assist with umpiring or coaching it would be greatly appreciated.
Catholic School Netball Carnival
All students in Year 2 to Year 6 are invited to play Netball in the Catholic Schools Carnival on Saturday 19 October. If your child is interested, please return the permission note and $35 to our front office staff. Payment via Qkr! is also available. Registrations are due on Friday 23 August. See the Communication tab and Notes section on the school home page.
Junior Choir has been enjoying preparing for the Catholic Schools Big Sing on 4 September at St John Vianney’s. A permission note will go home with students this week. Parents are most welcome to attend the performance.
Senior Choir started this week and will be rehearsing on Wednesday 2.00pm to 2.30pm. Senior Choir is preparing to perform for their Floriade performance in week 9 this term (16 -20 September). Information about the performance and permission note will go home with students next week during rehearsals.
This week, we are celebrating Science Week with a difference. We are very fortunate to be having two performances by Musica Viva – Da Vinci Apprentice. Students learnt about instruments from the Baroque period, Da Vinci’s inventions and were wowed by the musicality of the musicians. Students from the ELC to Year 2 watched the performance on Wednesday. Students in Year 3, 4, 5, and 6 are preparing to be entertained on Friday morning.
Chief Minister's Reading Challenge
Congratulations to Samuel R, Alexandria P, Matthew D, Emelia D, Harry A, Natasha M, Blake K, Nicolla M for completing their CMRC this week!
The LAST day for the Book Fair is TODAY! It is open until 5.00pm!
Next week is BOOK WEEK, Monday 19 to Friday 23 August.
We will find out the winners of the shortlisted books and celebrate!
Our dress up parade will be straight after morning assembly on Friday 23 August, in the hall. Children may come as superheroes or book characters with secret powers.
Mulleyduds will be open:
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 family this week is 'The Cosmic Cabot Family' and they are making 'Back to School Bliss Balls'. The ingredients are: rolled oats, desiccated coconut, cinnamon, honey, cocoa, dates and coconut oil. 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
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 Primary? Over time, the points add up and we benefit from this by receiving free or discounted bread for our carnivals. Let your friends and family know! The more people who support this, the more points we receive.
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!
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Wednesday 21 August
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Thursday 22 August
The St Jude’s Community Council Trivia Night is this Saturday! This is a wonderful opportunity to support our school, meet other parents and have a great night out without the kids. This year’s Trivia Night is raising money to build a secure bike cage, which is a student-initiated project. There is a bunch of fantastic prizes to be won and it’s not too late to buy your tickets. Tables are 8-10 people and you can buy either a whole table, or individual tickets and let the table organisation be taken care of for you. This year we will have comedian Tom Gibson and the band Woodface to entertain us throughout the night. Dress up as something ‘magical’ or ‘miraculous’ and you could win the coveted prize for best dressed table. Please see the flyer at the end of the newsletter for more details. A huge thank you to all of our sponsors for the night!
Volunteers are needed to help the Father’s Day stall held on 31 August (Friday of week 6). If you can help out even for a short time, please contact the Fundraising representative, Rebecca Hunter at email@example.com.
Community Council Chair
I realised that reading was the key that opened the door to secret lands, STRANGE PLACES and the worlds behind other people’s eyes.
Romana Koval, By the Book
National Library of Australia (2016). Reading Pleasures. Canberra, ACT: NLA Publishing. P 29
The St Jude’s Trivia Night is this Saturday 17 August!
Get your tickets now!!
If you have your table organised and paid for (via Qkr! or at the front office) please email firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
~ Awards Week 3, Term 3 ~
KF—Isobel S and Abhayjot S
KT—Georgia M and Alice B
KH—Dominic P and Luke H
1S—Maya H and Saxon RH
1T—Braden J and Anji AB
2D—James D and James F
2BF —Jonah N and Paige JT
2J—Katherine R and Jack D
3M—Matthew G and Aurora K
3ME—Sharlotte V and Lucas A
4KR—Lilian D and Molly C
4L—Charlotte C and Brodie N
5L—Aleks S and Ashleigh M
5H—Jared W and Hailee W
6S—Omar G and Cooper B
6CG—Mia K and Ryan H