Year 6 Debating
Over the past few weeks, nearly twenty Year 6 students have been participating in the 2019 Southside Debating Competition. They have travelled to primary schools on the southside of Canberra and have debated a range of environmental topics to an excellent standard.
Last week, the students debated against St Francis of Assisi Primary School Calwell, in a very close battle. The topic was, ‘Single use shopping bags should no longer be sold.’ Although they didn’t win this debate, Salma S (6S) came away with the Best Speaker award. Congratulations also to Georgia K (6CG) who won Best Speaker on the topic, ‘Disposable plastic cutlery should be banned at restaurants and fast food outlets.’
All inter-school debaters should be very proud of their achievements so far and we wish our teams, who are debating in the following weeks, the best of luck!
Working Bee — Sunday 22 September, 10am to 12pm
Our last Working Bee for this year will be held on Sunday 22 September, 10am to 12pm. We will need as many helping hands as we can muster and there are many jobs to be done around our gardens. Please bring your garden tools along. In short, if you think your tools might be handy, put them in the boot. A sausage sizzle and a cool drink will be available at the end of the Working Bee for adults and children.
St Jude's Beer & Pie Night — this Friday — 13 September
Times: 6.30pm to 11.00pm
Where: St Jude’s Hall
Entry Cost: $20 (includes a pie or sausage roll and one drink - any flavour).
Beer, cider, soft drinks and water will be available on the night. All dads, grandads, step-dads, uncles, past male students, male carers, sponsors who support the school during the year and friends of our school community are all welcome. Payment on the night is fine. We especially welcome Kindergarten and ELC representatives.
Responsible service of alcohol will be strictly adhered to.
Dan Fulton - Assistant Principal
Phone: 6288 7688
Camp Australia - Vacation Care Program
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.
Camp Australia have emailed all families a unique code to access holiday care bookings for St Jude’s.
St Jude’s families can contact Camp Australia on 0411 554 854 if you would like to enrol.
Sacrament of Confirmation
Last Friday, the Year 6 students were visited by Archbishop Christopher. He had a wonderful discussion with them about why they chose their saints. Throughout his talk, he came back to the importance of making the sacrament as a way of connecting with Jesus.
Archbishop Christopher is back in our parish for this weekend for his annual pastoral visit. He will begin his day tomorrow at St John Vianney Primary School and then come to St Jude’s after recess. He will be having dinner with the parishioners at SJV tomorrow evening. If you would like to attend please contact Cathy at the parish office on 8331 7611. Everyone is welcome.
St Jude’s Feast Day / Grandparents Day / Learning Journey
On Monday 28 October, our school will celebrate our feast day. This day will start with Mass and will then be followed by learning journey’s in our Kinder to Year 2 classes. We will take this opportunity to open all our classes to parents and grandparents. This will be followed by a special morning tea for our grandparents. More details to follow.
Susan Chant - St Jude's Primary School
Phone: 6288 7688
H a p p y B i r t h d a y t o
Valentina F and Flynn C
The Turtles and Stingrays had an exciting Bus Wash excursion on Monday 9 September. They learned about public transport and about travelling safely. They went to the bus depot, where the buses go to be repaired, washed and to rest when they’re not on the road. They drove past the police station, the fire station and played lots of games along the way. Parents, be prepared for endless games of ‘spotto’ and some driving advice from the backseat when you are out in your car from now on! The Lobsters are looking forward to their bus adventure tomorrow.
The ELC children have been busy painting their gnomes to send to Gnome Knoll at Floriade. Gnomes are $12 each and support the Rotary Club of Canberra. This excursion cost has been added to your statement. The Stingrays will take a bus trip to explore Floriade (and visit their gnomes) on Monday 16 September and the Turtles and Lobsters will go on Thursday 19 September. Permission notes are on the school website and parent helpers are very welcome. Please contact your class teacher if you are able to come along.
ELC Holiday Care
The ELC Holiday Care Program will run during the October school holidays. The program will run from from 8am 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 are on the school website and bookings are due next Thursday 19 September.
Transition to School Parent Forum
As we quickly approach the end of term 3, the reality of transitioning to Kindergarten becomes real. A Transition to School Parents Forum is being held on Tuesday 17 September, 7pm, at the Hedley Beare Centre in Stirling. To register (or request a podcast) email firstname.lastname@example.org. More information is available from the ELC.
The final fees for term 3 are due tomorrow, Friday 13 September. Could you please check your accounts and ensure that all term fees are up to date. Please note that Holiday Care Bookings will not be accepted from families with outstanding fees.
Karen Leighton - St Jude's Early Learning Centre
Phone: 6287 5520
On Tuesday, we had some amazing performances from our St Jude’s students at the ACT Athletics Carnival.
- Noah M – 8 years 70m 5th place 11.51; 8 years 100m 7th place 16.42.
- Ellie C – 10 years 100m 3rd place 15.08; 10 years 200m 3rd place 30.27; 8-10 years Discus Throw 500gm 3rd place 21.3m
- Luke C – 12 years Shot Put 3kg 16th place 7.44m
- Sophia S – 12 years Long Jump 10th place 3.78m
- Amelia N – 12 years 800m 1st place 2:31.13; 12 years 1500m 1st place 5:03.30 (an ACT Championship Record! – Amelia holds the record for 10, 11, & 12 years 1500m in the ACT)
- Ella N – 12 years 800m 3rd place 2:34.55; 12 years 1500m 2nd place 5:11.49
Congratulations to all who competed!
We would also like to wish Amelia N and Ella N all the very best as they compete next week at the National Athletics Championships!
Catholic Schools Netball Carnival
Teams have been organised and registrations have been submitted. Unfortunately, if you did not get your permission note in on time, you are too late to be included in a team.
Teams have been posted on the noticeboard. Please ask your child to check that their name is in a team. We would like a family to volunteer to take a St Jude’s tent to the netball carnival. If you are able to assist, please see Mrs Thomas. Information will be sent to Managers in the coming weeks about their teams, paying the umpire (a $5 donation from each family for their time), and any other information. Lastly, we are looking for a Year 6 coach for the day. If you know someone or are happy to volunteer your time, could you please let Mrs Thomas know, ASAP.
Junior Cricket registrations are open with the local Weston Creek Molonglo Cricket Club. Over the last few years, there have been a couple of teams of children, based around St Jude’s students, who play in the Friday night U10 and up, competitions. If you are interested in playing, please contact either James Hewitt on 0418 421 106 (Abigail and Isabella Hewitt’s Dad) or Mal Larsen, Junior Registrar, 0487 021 986 email@example.com or register through
Mycricket ID https://www.playcricket.com.au/club-finder/club-details?Id=14953&postcode=2611&disablity=1,2,4,8,16
Chief Minister's Reading Challenge
Verna Comley - St Jude's Primary School
Phone: 6288 7688
Mulleyduds will be open:
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
*Sorry for the inconvenience of the Canteen closing today. The canteen will be open tomorrow, Friday 13 September. Anyone who has placed Qkr! orders for today, will have them credited for next Thursday.*
Please remember to add payment for a paper bag on your Qkr! order.
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE THAT HAS DONATED TO OUR … 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 this week is 'The Ebullient Egan Family' and they are making 'Choc coconut slice'. The ingredients are: flour, desiccated coconut, brown sugar, cocoa, butter, icing sugar and vanilla extract. We will be selling them for 50c.
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 13 September
Help needed X 1
Wednesday 18 September
Help needed X 2
Thursday 19 September
Liz (Charlie W’s grandmother)
Georgina (Ethan B, Tristan B & Maya B’s grandmother)
Kim Hekimian - Canteen Kim
St Jude’s Beer & Pie Night
The St Jude's Beer & Pie Night will be held this Friday, 13 September from 6.30pm. All dads, grandads, step-dads, uncles and any other male carers and friends of our school community are welcome. This should be a fantastic night of games, prizes and fun. Please see the flyer for further details.
The wonderful Canteen Kim will not be returning in 2020 as Canteen Manager, so we are looking for her replacement. If you are interested in the position, please contact the front office, Mr Galvin or myself for further information. Expressions of interest close on Friday 20 September.
Community Council Meeting
It was wonderful to see such a good turnout for our Community Council meeting this week. We had some great discussions and have put in place some great plans for the remainder of the year. The minutes for this meeting will be available on the school website shortly.
Charlotte Dalton - Community Council Chair
~ Awards Week 7, Term 3 ~
KF—Elijah M and Sanvi S
KT—Abby M and Tristan B
KH—Marlia B and Evie R
1T—Lucy N and Jack V
2D—Siena R and Oscar F
2BF—Poppy K and Imogen O
2J—Nina S and Arizona D
3ME—Ethan B and Laura T
4L—Finn C, Bailey M and Abbey S
5L—Jacob L and Mia W
5H—Lucy F and Lily H
Let children see you read and make links for them. You don’t need to go on and on but if you say it frequently children will begin to understand reading is a life skill!
"I’m reading the recipe book so I can cook.
I’m reading the newspaper to find out what’s going on in the world.
I’m reading the instruction manual to help me put together the cabinet, etc.
I’m reading the breakfast cereal because I’m bored!
I’m reading an historical book to find out about the past.
I’m reading cartoons because I love them.
I’m reading information off the internet because we want to buy a boat.”