- Beatitudes 3 and 4
- Principal's Message
- School News
- Happy Birthday
- ELC News
- RE News
- Sports News
- Library News
- Mulleyduds Uniform Shop
- Mulleygrubs Café Report
- It sounds like REEDING to me!
- Year 1 Newsletter Showcase
- Year 3 Newsletter Showcase
- St Jude’s Community Council News
- Students of the Week
- Reading Corner
- School Banking
- Saints Netball Season Launch 2019
Swim Carnival—What another great St Jude’s sports day we had yesterday. The format we used yesterday is the fifth time we have used it. It allows the opportunity for our capable swimmers to do their 50m and 100m events in the four strokes, but importantly it means that every student can then have another two hours of water based activity, including thirty minutes of lap/relay swimming. Thank you to all parent helpers and staff for the great work you all did. I especially thank Mrs Leanne Thomas for her wonderful organisation of the day. It is a huge job but she did it very well. I am sure the children were very tired last night.
Community Council—Sixteen people attended our CC AGM on Tuesday night. Terms were up for Chair, Nicky Bourke; Deputy Chair, Julie Ford and Secretary, Lee Atkinson. Each position was successfully filled with Chair, Charlotte Dalton; Deputy Chair, Max Rafferty and Secretary, Skye Maguire. Our current Treasurer, Susan Rowell, continues in this role this year to complete her term in office. I want to thank our outgoing office holders who have given generously of their time and energy over the last two or three years. Each has made a valuable contribution to our school. Likewise, I want to thank the new office holders for putting their hand up to continue the important work that our Community Council does.
Car Park/Drop Off Zone—The car park of a morning and an afternoon is always very crowded. In the past there have been a couple of instances where parents have been quite aggressive in relation to parking. As I hope you know, the staff at school work hard to support good manners and consideration of others, and the actions of some parents in the car park, in the past, flies in the face of the way teachers are encouraging your children to act. Your help in setting a good example is appreciated.
The drop off zone (outside the school hall) is a very important part of our traffic flow strategy. This zone should only be used if children can get out of the car and head off to school without assistance. If your child needs assistance to get out of the car, then please proceed to the car park and help them.
School Uniforms—The children look fantastic in their sports and summer uniforms. Thank you for the trouble you go to in sending your children to school each day ‘spic and span’. I still believe pride in wearing a school uniform is important. It does many things, but none more important than giving the child a sense of identifying with a community, in this case, a community of learners. Please note that hair bands should be school colours and socks should cover ankles.
School Fees—Accounts have been sent for term one with payment due in a couple of weeks. I want to get in before the due date to thank you all for your efforts in paying your school fees in a timely manner. Payment of fees here has always been a strong point and I do appreciate it. For those experiencing financial difficulty, please consider contacting the principal so a meeting can be arranged. I am always happy to discuss school fees with you.
Newsletter Subscription—To subscribe to St Jude’s newsletter, please do so via the SZApp.
SZApp—The school will be using the SZApp as an additional way of communicating with parents. Information on downloading the app is available on the school website under the ‘For Parents’ tab. The newsletter will only available via this new app from 21 March.
Performers Calling!—Ever thought about performing on stage at Canberra theatre or even Canberra Stadium? Here is your chance. If you would like to be a part the Wizard of Oz spectacular to be held in 2020, follow the link to audition - https://hrltd.wufoo/forms/zvoeshk0vcw2z4/
Student Wellbeing, SchoolTV—Today parents face a multitude of modern day challenges in raising happy, well and resilient young people. Whilst there is a great deal of information available, this can often be confusing and overwhelming for parents looking for guidance. SchoolTV addresses this as a new online resource designed to empower you as parents with credible and sound information with realistic, practical ongoing support strategies.
I urge you to look at this site, whether you have primary or high school age children. You really do need to have a look at this parent empowering site. It is designed to support parents. Some recent special reports you might be interested in are:
SPECIAL REPORT: Smartphones in Schools
“Mobile phones are not only distracting, but cause stress for young children.
Enabling them to focus on lessons and learn better socialising skills, can reduce their social media use and minimise online bullying.”
Dr Michael Carr-Gregg
SPECIAL REPORT: Online Game Fortnite
“The game can be problematic for those kids who play in an ‘obsessive way’. It will interfere with their sleep, it will interfere with, obviously, homework, and it’ll interfere with normal relationships at home.”
Dr Michael Carr-Gregg
SPECIAL REPORT: Cyberbullying
“Up to 70% of primary school kids are on social media but they simply do not have the neurological maturity to manage their digital footprint. Parents need to get tough and understand the risks associated with it.”
Dr Michael Carr-Gregg
Signing in—If you are signing your child in to Before School Care, please only sign them in to the Before School Care session. The teachers will then sign your child out of Before School Care and in to the Preschool session.
Parent Sharing Meetings—Thank you to those families who have made time to attend a Parent Sharing meeting with your child’s teacher. If you are yet to book a Parent Sharing meeting, please add your name to the booking sheet on the classroom entry window.
St Jude’s Fete—The St Jude’s Fete is on Saturday 16 March. It is always a wonderful community event and a great place to meet other parents. This year the ELC will be running two stalls being a hair spray stall and a ball toss stall. If you have not yet added your name to the ELC fete roster, we still have empty spaces which we encourage you to fill. The fete roster is located in the ELC foyer.
Visiting the ELC—We love when family and friends are able to spend time in the ELC classrooms. Remember you are required to have a Working With Vulnerable People card (available from Access Canberra) and need to sign in on the visitor register. The visitors register is located at the front desk.
Community Council Meeting—Thank you to those ELC parents who attended the St Jude’s Community Council meeting on Tuesday evening. I hope that you all found it a worthwhile experience. All are welcome to attend and it is a wonderful way to get involved in the school community. The next Community Council meeting is Tuesday 26 March at 6pm. We are in need of a parent representative for the Lobster class, if you are interested can you please contact the ELC office.
SZApp—Like the primary school, the ELC will be using the SZApp as an additional way of communicating with parents. Information on downloading the app is available on the school website under the ‘For Parents’ tab. Remember to also check the notes pockets outside the classrooms for hard copy notes.
Entertainment Book—Due to its popularity last year, the ELC will be selling the Entertainment Book again this year. At the fete you can order the book or the app and be able to take advantage of early bird offers. Keep your eyes out for further information.
Music Engagement Program—Thank you to those parents and teachers who attended the Music Engagement Program last night. The program offers an approach to music making that not only provides a music education alternative for schools, but helps families understand the unique importance of music in family and community life. The school becomes not just a provider of music making that is missing in society, but offers a way for parents to re-engage with active music making for the benefit of themselves and their children. MEP courses are appropriate for parents, as well as teachers, to learn how the simple act of music making can bring us closer together without the stress and strain usually associated with traditional music lessons and practice.
ELC Accounts—A friendly reminder that ELC fees are due tomorrow, Friday 22 February. If you have not received your fee statement by email, please contact the ELC as soon as possible.
The Beatitudes—Blessed are the poor in Spirit. What does this mean? In adult terms the idea of poverty in spirit in counter-intuitive, which means counter to common thinking. The poor in spirit have an emptiness that can only be filled with God’s presence. They yearn to be close to God. Adults who are poor in spirit realise that they need God and others. In child terms, Jesus is asking us to be humble, not prideful or arrogant. Jesus doesn’t want us to be braggers.
The Sacraments of Penance and Eucharist—This term the Sacraments of Penance and Eucharist will be celebrated in our parish. All registrations and payments will be made with the school where the sacrament is being made. Mrs Hancock is finalising details regarding the Qkr! App for payments.
St Vincent de Paul Doorknock—Volunteers are still needed for this annual appeal. It can be done on any day in February. If you are able to assist please contact Ray Akhurst on 0415 938 725.
Dates to remember:
- Tuesday 5 March – Adult Formation for Penance and Eucharist from 6pm at SJV hall
- Wednesday 6 March – Ash Wednesday
- Saturday and Sunday 16/17 March – Commitment Mass for sacraments at any weekend Mass in our parish
- Tuesday 19 March – Family Formation for Penance and Eucharist from 6pm at SJV hall
- Wednesday 27 March – Sacrament of Penance 5pm SJV Church
- Friday 29 March – Eucharist Retreat Day
- Weekend of 6/7 April – Sacrament of First Holy Communion
Religious Education Coordinator
Swimming Carnival—What a fabulous day had by all!! We had so many participants in the events which was wonderful. House spirit was definitely out in force! A huge thank you to all our volunteers. Congratulations to Dixon house, closely followed by Streeton , Mulley and Hindmarsh.
Catholic Schools Soccer Carnival—Please get your notes and payment in by this Friday.
Netball—Year 2 students will be visited by Netball ACT on Thursday mornings for clinics. On Thursdays, could all Year 2 students bring runners to change in to.
Students are quickly adjusting to finding fiction books in their genre area rather than alphabetically as we used to.
Year 6 will be working on showcasing different genres this term, helping younger students to learn more about them and finding “just right” books within each genre.
Mulleyduds will be open:
Friday 22 February, 3.00pm to 3.30pm
We are currently experiencing a delay in receiving our orders for size 10, blue polo shirts. This delay is beyond our control and we thank you for your patience in waiting for the shirts to arrive.
You can order your child’s summer uniform via Qkr! or the front office email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please contact the front office if you are waiting on a uniform order.
Thank you to all the volunteers who are helping in the uniform shop. Your time is very much appreciated.
Thank you—to the people who have come in to help in the canteen. I’ve already met some new parents ready, willing and able to spare some time to help! Your time is greatly appreciated. Parents who can’t volunteer their time could always assist in other ways…Mulleygrubs Masterchef needs more people to fill the year with special treats.
Qkr!—Ordering for lunch orders and meal deals. Please ensure online lunch orders are for the correct day and that you get a receipt number. Please don’t hesitate to pop into the canteen if you need a run through on how to order.
Volunteers—Mulleygrub’s Café can only function with your help. Now that the new year has begun, maybe you can spare some time and help in the canteen? Any amount of time is helpful. Thursdays and Fridays are especially busy so if you can, please come in and have a go. We all have a good laugh and sometimes our discussions can be quite educational? Remember to apply for a Working with Vulnerable People card (WWVP). It’s free for volunteers!
Swimming Carnival—A very big thank you to our awesome parents/carers and YMCA staff who volunteered their time BBQing, preparing, distributing and supervising yesterday. It was such an enjoyable day. Without you all, days like this would be very hard. Your time is greatly appreciated.
Masterchef—Our Masterchef this week is the ‘Marvellous Muench Family’ and they are making ‘Choc celebration biscuits’. The ingredients are: s/r flour, cacao, butter, condensed milk, sugar, vanilla, oats and white chocolate chip. We will be selling them for 50 cents each.
Lunch Orders—Please check canteen prices when placing orders and check your child’s order if they have written and added their own order just to ensure there are no mistakes with pricing or missing money for a paper bag. It may not sound like much, 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 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. With the process in the morning, all online lunch orders are 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. Thank you.
$1.00 lolly limit per day
Thursday 21 February
Friday 22 February
Wednesday 27 February
Thursday 28 February
Friday 1 March
Tuesday 26 February 2019 @ 7:00pm – 8.00pm
I will be giving my yearly talk about how to read with your children on Tuesday 26 February 2019 in our library at 7:00pm. Everyone is welcome to come and we recommend that Kinder, Year 1 parents, carers and grandparents attend. We welcome parents who attend the second time if they want a refresher. We will discuss and demonstrate reading strategies to assist you with your young readers and align you with the practices used in our school.
I look forward to seeing you then.
The students in Year 1 have settled remarkably well into our first term. They have been working hard to get to know their new classroom, new routines and new classmates.
We love participating in our sport lessons. As well as preparing for our Athletics Carnival at the end of the term, the students have also been practising their fundamental movement skills such as running, jumping, leaping and skipping.
On Wednesday we attended our very first Swimming Carnival. We did many different activities throughout the day. We loved our sausage sizzle lunch and being able to play in the water playground! Here are some happy snaps of some of the children.
Mrs Smith and Miss T are so proud of how the Year 1 students have begun the school year. We cannot wait to see what wonderful things they will do!
What a busy start to the year!
Students have been inquiring into the text features of poetry. They are writing and editing poems about themselves called “I am ….”. They will then create an artwork to match.
The St Jude’s swimming carnival was a day filled with previously reluctant children being risk-takers by challenging themselves in the pool, such as diving into the deep to retrieve toys and swim against their peers.
What do great learners do?
It has been a busy start to the year. We have been identifying and defining the attributes of great learners, establishing and learning new routines, and getting to know each other.
Dates to Remember:
- Tues 26 Feb, in Library: Reading Workshop with Karen Western
- Tues 5 Mar 6-7pm SJV Church – Penance Adult Formation
- Sat 16 Mar 5pm SJH, Sun 17 Mar 9am SJV – Penance Commitments Masses
- Sat 16 Mar, School Fete
- Tuesday 19 March 6-7pm SJV School Hall – Penance Family Formation
- Wed 27 Mar 5pm SJV Church – Sacrament of Penance
- Wed 5 April – Athletics’ Carnival
I would like to thank all who attended the AGM & Community Council meeting on Tuesday. It was really nice to see some new faces. Most Executive positions were declared vacant and filled last night. I would like to welcome our new executive:
- Chair – Charlotte Dalton
- Deputy Chair – Max Rafferty
- Secretary – Skye Maguire
- Treasurer - Susan Rowell (continuing)
I would like to thank Julie Ford for her time, support, assistance and friendship while in the position of Deputy Chair, things could not have gone as smoothly as they have without her. I also want to express my appreciation to outgoing secretary Lee Atkinson for her support and friendship. It is volunteers like Julie and Lee that make this school the great community school it is.
I wish the new Executive all the best.
Our fete will be on Saturday 16 March 2019. The fete committee is well under way with the organising of the fete. Please keep your eye out for further information and assist where you can. It is a great day and a lovely opportunity to contribute and get to know all of the fantastic members of our school community.
Lastly, I would like to thank Peter Galvin, the lovely teachers and the committee for giving me the opportunity to be involved at this fantastic school. I have really enjoyed the role of Community Council Chair and the opportunity it has given me to work with the school and parish, also getting to know families and making new and valuable friendships along the way. It has also been fantastic seeing what the school has achieved and seeing our children develop and enjoy their time at St Jude’s.
This isn’t goodbye, I hope to still catch up with you all at school. Have a great weekend.
St Jude’s Community Council Chair
Show your children that you value reading.
I love it when my children say “Oh, you can’t talk to mum, she’s engrossed in reading!” And now, they read the same way – and it drives me crazy! But they are reading!