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So many in our world today are suffering from isolation, war and oppression. So much money is spent on the construction of armaments. Many, many young people are in despair because of the danger of nuclear war. Today, as never before, we need communities of welcome; communities that are a sign of peace in a world of war. There is no point in praying for peace in the Middle East, for example, if we are not peace-makers in our own community; if we are not forgiving those in our community who have hurt us or with whom we find it difficult to live. Young people, as well as those who are older, are sensitive to this vision of peace. It must continually be announced so that hearts and minds are nourished.
Dear Parents and Carers
For parents who are looking for extra support or more information.....the ACT Education Directorate is hosting a ‘Think U Know’ presentation by the AFP next Wednesday night, 4 September at the Hedley Beare Centre for Teaching and Learning, 51 Fremantle Drive, Stirling. It is open to parents, carers, teachers to attend and learn more about the tools available to create a safer online environment for children and will cover topics such as cyber bullying and online privacy. The HBC is also hosting an online e-safety webinar hosted by the e-Safety Commissioner for parents who wish to access information from home on Tuesday 3 September. More information can be found at the bottom of the page under up coming events.....
Personalised Plans - for 82 Children
At the end of term 2, documentation was sent home, requiring signatures on a note acknowledging parents receipt of the matrix and Personalised Plans. We understand that signing documents and returning them is trying, however, this is part of the new legal requirement that Catholic schools are expected to implement. If you have not returned the note from second term, could you please do so, or book in for a meeting with Ms Western and we will ensure all paper work for the year is completed.
Thank you to those parents who contacted the school with concerns that the matrix was not the most up to date copy available. During the move to a new storage system, some of the documentation printed was not the current matrix. Please be assured that lost documentation is not a breach of confidentiality; it is a saving error between different document types. If you wish to discuss this, please book a meeting during this interview period with Ms Western. We are confident this error was not widespread.
A reminder that if your child is unwell, please keep them at home. We understand how difficult this can be but unwell children do not belong at school. As we have had diagnoses of upset stomachs and the flue, it is a good idea to get children seen by a doctor if they are unwell for a few days. The staff are being very vigilant in cleaning surfaces etc. but we really need your help with the sick children.
Good luck to our Junior Choir next Wednesday who will be singing at the first Catholic Primary Schools Big Sing at St John Vianney’s. A very special thank you to Mrs Thomas and Mrs Hart for their enthusiasm and commitment to music and singing at St Jude’s. Our school is fortunate to have such quality teachers.
Adrian Piccoli’s book, ‘12 Ways Your Child Can Get the Best Out of School’ was recommended to me recently. This book is really packed with great tips for parents in supporting their child’s path through the learning journey of school. Adrian was a former NSW Education Minister, so he certainly has education credibility to share his knowledge. He is currently the Director of the Gonski Institute. His (almost) opening words are these, “It’s important to recognise and accept that there is no guaranteed formula for success at school”. He goes on to explain that through open communication, seeking support and asking questions to understand YOUR child, are ways to support YOUR child on the journey. Not knowing or not asking the questions can create anxiety. Thinking someone else’s answer is your answer also creates anxiety.
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.
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.
Robotics Class 6S
Emily R and Grace A in year 6 have been programming their robot ‘Carl’ to do a range of actions. The girls have built their robot and are now problem solving and creating codes together. These girls have taught the teachers a thing or two. We can’t wait to see what ‘Carl’ does next!
Sacrament of Confirmation
Next Friday, 6 September, all students in Year 6 will be a part of a Retreat Day for Confirmation. We are very lucky to have Archbishop Christopher Prowse come to speak to the candidates in the morning to hear from them why the sacrament is significant. The Archbishop will no doubt share his knowledge on the sacrament and the importance of it as these candidates move into adulthood. We are looking forward to welcoming His Grace to our school.
This Sunday’s Gospel
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke
On a sabbath day Jesus had gone for a meal to the house of one of the leading Pharisees; and they watched him closely. He then told the guests a parable, because he had noticed how they picked the places of honour. He said this, ‘When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take your seat in the place of honour. A more distinguished person than you may have been invited, and the person who invited you both may come and say, “Give up your place to this man.” And then, to your embarrassment, you would have to go and take the lowest place. No; when you are a guest, make your way to the lowest place and sit there, so that, when your host comes, he may say, “My friend, move up higher.” In that way, everyone with you at the table will see you honoured. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and the man who humbles himself will be exalted.’
Then he said to his host, ‘When you give a lunch or a dinner, do not ask your friends, brothers, relations or rich neighbours, for fear they repay your courtesy by inviting you in return. No; when you have a party, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind; that they cannot pay you back means that you are fortunate, because repayment will be made to you when the virtuous rise again.’
This week I have chosen a reflection for young people. As many of our students are preparing for Confirmation (where they are sealed with the gifts of the Holy Spirit) this article, written by Lisa-Marie Calderone-Stewart, calls them to put others before themselves.
Jesus advises us to be humble, and not to assume that we have a higher position or status than others. That way we won’t be embarrassed if someone else comes along whose status is actually higher than ours.
A lot of status-lowering is done with put-downs. Every time you put someone down, it is an attempt to lower that person’s status and to raise your own.
How does status-lowering relate to what Jesus asks us to do?
Paying a compliment to another person raises their status. If your compliment is accepted with grace, your status is also raised. If your compliment is rejected, or coupled with a put-down against you, your status is then lowered. How often does this happen?
It seems to be more of a risk to compliment a person than it is to put someone down. Yet Jesus asks us to take that risk. Are you willing to risk giving compliments?
Are you willing to stop dishing out put-downs and to start giving more compliments to others? Why or why not? What would Jesus say about this decision?
Jesus challenges us to include people of the lowest status in our social activities.
When you have a party or when you are in the position of inviting someone to go to a movie or an athletic event with you, do you tend to seek out the most popular people with the highest social status? Or do you seek out the people who are least popular and sometimes made fun of? Why?
Do you think Jesus’ challenge is unrealistic, or do you think it is what the world needs? How so?
What would Jesus tell teenagers directly if he were a verbal, flesh-and-blood part of this conversation?
Dates to remember:
- Primary (Years 3-6) Mass: Thursday 5 September, 9.30am.
- Confirmation Retreat Day: Friday 6 September.
- Sacrament of Confirmation: Weekend of 14/15 September.
Susan Chant - St Jude's Primary School
We finished off Book Week last Friday with the annual Book Week Parade. This year’s theme was ‘Reading is my secret power’ so the children enjoyed dressing up as super heroes and characters from books. Our ELC educators were various characters from the Mr Men and Little Miss books. Can you guess which ones?
ELC Holiday Care
The ELC Holiday Care Program will run during the October school holidays. The program will run from from 8.00am to 5.30pm from Monday 30 September to Friday 11 October (minus the public holiday on Monday 7 October). The program is full of fun and engaging activities and excursions. Information and booking sheets have been emailed and are available from the ELC.
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.
Father's Day Stall
The Father's Day stall will be held tomorrow, Friday 31 August. The children are invited to bring along a few dollars in a labelled envelope to purchase a gift for dad.
Many children are bringing home toys 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.
St John Vianney’s hosts a play group for children aged 0-5 on Wednesdays from 9.30am to 11.00am. 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:
- 4 September: Cooking
- 18 September: Gross motor
- For more information a flyer is available in our ELC office or at SJV.
Acting ELC Director
Forget the Giants or the Diamonds, the netball match of the year is this Saturday between Saints Pandas and Saints Tigers. Come along to watch our two senior teams go head to head for a place in the Grand Final. The semi final will be held this Saturday at Arawang Courts at 11am. It will be a great game and all are welcome to come and watch (particularly our younger Saints players). Good luck to our Year 6 girls who will be playing!
On 10 September we have some students who will be representing South Weston and St Jude’s at the ACT Athletics Carnival. A big congratulations to Noah M (2J), Ellie C (4LR), Ella N (6S), Amelia N (6CG), Luke C (6CG), and Sophia S (6CG). A special mention to Ellie C (4LR) who broke two South Weston Records, Congratulations. We wish them well in their events!
Catholic Schools Netball Carnival
Teams have been organised and registrations have be submitted, so unfortunately if you did not get your note in for the Catholic Schools Netball Carnival, you are too late. Teams will be posted on the noticeboard tomorrow. Please ask your child to check that their name is in a team. A huge thank you to all parents and older siblings who have volunteered to assist as coach, umpire and manager. We are short two Year 6 coaches. If you are available, please consider volunteering your time. Also, we will need a parent to take out a St Jude’s tent. If you can assist, please see Mrs Thomas.
Students wishing to trial for the ACT Cricket School Sports team will need to register online. For further information please see the Sports Noticeboard.
Leanne Thomas - St Jude's Primary School
Book Week parade winners are:
Kinder - Ashley T, Abhayjot S, Georgia M
Year 1 – Caleb H, Giselle C
Year 2 – Jonah N, James F, Nina S
Year 3 – Thomas O, Ditra S
Year 4 – Kaeden A, Ethan W
Year 5 – Jed B, Mia W
Year 6 – Sophie V, Matthew H.
All selected book prizes from the Library. Well done everyone!
Chief Minister's Reading Challenge
Congratulations to Sanvi S, Maya B, Evie R, Buster O, Baxter R, Hugh R, Dylan H, Charlie S and Thomas F for completing their CMRC this week!
Mulleyduds will be open:
Friday 30 August, 3.00pm to 3.30pm
Friday 6 September, 3.00pm to 3.30pm
Friday 13 September, 3.00pm to 3.30pm
Friday 20 September, 3.00pm to 3.30pm
Friday 27 September, 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
Don’t forget to bring in your entry tickets!
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. Please remind your children to come to the canteen and collect their pens and sticker coupon. This is an initiative run by the Sydney Markets and a nationwide competition.
Our Masterchef family this week is the 'Humdinger Hekimian Family' and they are making 'Peppermint Slice'. The ingredients are: sweet plain biscuits, sweetened condensed milk, peppermint crisp and milk chocolate. 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!
Hot Coffee is available at the Canteen!
...and is now on Qkr! Only available to be picked up from 8.15am (the coffee machine needs to warm up). You can create your own profile on Qkr! or use your child’s profile.
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
Friday 30 August
Help Needed x 2
Wednesday 4 September
Help needed x 1
Thursday 5 September
Liz (Charlie W's grandmother)
Georgina (Ethan B, Tristan B & Maya B's grandmother)
Father’s Day Stall – Friday 30 August
Father’s Day stall tomorrow. Children in all classes will have the opportunity to purchase a little gift for their Dads, Grandads, Step Dads, Uncles, male carers. Gifts include photo frames, BBQ tool kits, cooler bags, pens, drink bottles, travel mugs etc. Items range from $1 to $5. Children will be allowed to purchase one or two items. Children should not come with more than $10.
Volunteers – if you’re free between 11:30am and 1:00pm to help sell, we will be in the school hall.
Beer and Pie night – Friday 13 September
The Beer and Pie Night will be held on Friday 13 September. All Dads, Grandads, Step Dads, Uncles, male carers and friends of our school community are welcome. Please see the flyer (in this newsletter) for further details.
Community Council Chair
~ Awards Week 5, Term 3 ~
KF—Eve L and James C
KT—Campbell N and Winstyn B
KH—Sadie S and Violet W
1S—Gianna B and Finn A
1T—Lachlan E and Lachlan R
2BF —Harry A and Gabby N
2J—Ewan A and Tom D
3M—Noah F and William M
3ME—Cooper W and Esther S
4KR—Kaeden A and Hannah P
4L—Zac C and Joseph R
5L—Bailey F and Claire E
5H—Harry H and Campbell L
6S—Sam R and Ahmad M
6CG—Sophie L and Luka D