- Prayer for the Blessing of Rain
- Principal's Message
- School News
- RE News
- ELC News
- Sports News
- Music News
- Library News
- Mulleyduds Uniform Shop
- Mulleygrubs Café
- Community Council
- Students of the Week
- Reading Corner
- Students not returning to St Jude's in 2020
- St Jude's ELC Mango Fundraiser
- St John Vianney's School Fete — Saturday 2 November
- School Assembly
- School Banking
Bless Australia – our Great South Land of the Holy Spirit. Grant, that as the cross shines in our southern skies, so may Christ bring light to our nation, to its peoples old and new.
May we receive the blessing of abundant rain so the ‘desert blooms with the life that lies in wait.’
We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
It has finally happened. Our new two classroom building arrived and was installed yesterday. I can’t believe it has finally arrived. I thought it would never materialise after multiple delays. On Wednesday morning, all the children (and staff) were mesmerised by the action of the massive crane lifting the building over the Butterfly Room and into place. We are looking forward to moving in when the time comes. It is yet to be determined which grade/classes will be in these rooms next year.
St Jude’s Feast Day/ Grandparents Day
On Monday 28 October, our school will celebrate our feast day. This day will start with Mass and then will be followed by learning journeys in our Kinder to Year 2 classes and open classrooms in Years 3 to 6. We will take this opportunity to open all our classes to parents and grandparents. A special morning tea will follow this, for our grandparents. More details to come!
Importance of Reading
Why is reading so important? Studies show that reading for pleasure makes a big difference to children’s educational performance. Here’s how you can get your child off to a great start. Evidence suggests that children who read for enjoyment every day not only perform better in reading tests than those who don’t, but also develop a broader vocabulary, increased general knowledge and a better understanding of other cultures. In fact, reading for pleasure is more likely to determine whether a child does well at school than their social or economic background.
What difference can I make as a parent? You can make a huge difference! Parents are the most important educators in a child’s life – even more important than their teachers – and it’s never too early to start reading together. Even before they're born, babies learn to recognise their parents' voices. Reading to your baby from birth, even for just a few minutes a day, gives them the comfort of hearing your voice and increases their exposure to language.
Building vocabulary and understanding. Learning to read is about listening and understanding as well as working out what’s printed on the page. Through hearing stories, children are exposed to a wide range of words. This helps them build their own vocabulary and improve their understanding when they listen, which is vital as they start to read. It’s important for them to understand how stories work too. Even if your child doesn’t understand every word, they’ll hear new sounds, words and phrases which they can then try out, copying what they have heard. As children start to learn to read at school, you can play an important role in helping to keep them interested in books. Find out what interests them, help them to find books that will be engaging and fun, and spend time reading the books they bring home from school together.
ASIC recently announced that it is seeking the public’s views of school banking programs to help inform its review. ASIC would like to hear from any parents. You can do this by going online by answering ASIC’s short survey and providing any other feedback. Visit consultation.asic.gov.au/financial-capability/review-school-banking-programs/
Many would have noticed that the exterior of the school has just been painted. The plain grey external brick has been transformed and the outside of the school looks as attractive as the inside. After forty five years of operation, the external appearance of the school has had a facelift.
Please keep Mrs Katie McGregor (relief teacher), Poppy (KF) and their family in your prayers as Mrs McGregor's beloved grandmother has recently passed away. May God grant Katie's grandmother eternal rest.
During the first two weeks of term 4, students may choose to wear either winter or summer uniform. This is to allow for the unpredictable weather we experience in Canberra in October. We do ask that all children wear their school hats at lunchtime and recess from week 1 of term 4.
School photo day for Kindy to Year 6 is on Thursday 31 October. Children are required to be in full summer uniform. Photo forms were sent home with students on Monday. If you require a sibling photo form, please collect one from the front office. Please ensure you bring in your photo form on the day of the photos.
For primary school children who have siblings in the Stingrays class at the ELC, the sibling photos will be taken on Tuesday 29 October at the ELC. Siblings in the primary school will be taken to the ELC when required for the photos.
St Jude's Annual Walkathon is on Friday 25 October at 9.30am. Please return your permission form to school no later than Friday 18 October. Sponsorship forms and donations can be brought in to school by Friday 15 November.
Walkathon Meal Deals
Meal Deals for the Walkathon are due to the front office on Friday 18 October. Payment is available on Qkr!
Inauguration of the New Parish Name for Weston Creek Parish
Tomorrow, a special Mass will be celebrated at 9.30am at St Jude Church for the Feast of St Luke, the Evangelist. This will also be to mark the official naming of our new parish 'Our Lady of the Annunciation'.
World Mission Sunday 20 October
This year’s Catholic Mission Church Appeal highlights the life saving work supported by Catholic Mission in Ghana, through programs designed to rescue babies and children who are vulnerable and foster their personal development for a brighter future.
An annual observance for Mission Sunday was instituted 93 years ago in 1926 by a Papal decree issued by Pope Pius XI. Every year since then, the universal Church has dedicated the month of October to reflection on and prayer for the missions.
On World Mission Sunday, Catholics gather to celebrate the Eucharist and to contribute to a collection for the work of evangelisation around the world. Of the 3000 dioceses in the world, about 1000 are missionary dioceses — they need assistance from more established dioceses to build catechetical programs, seminaries, Religious Communities, chapels, churches, orphanages and schools.
This annual celebration gives us a chance to reflect on the importance of mission work for the life of the Church. It reminds us that we are one with the Church around the world and that we are all committed to carrying on the mission of Christ, however different our situations may be.
The greatest missionary challenge that we face at home is a secular and consumerist culture in which God is not important, moral values are relative and institutional religions are unnecessary.
Pope Benedict XVI, in his World Mission Sunday messages stressed the importance of Christian charity in action as the keynote of evangelisation. He encouraged Churches with a shortage of priests to get them from countries with many priests.
In the Pauline Year, 2009, he encouraged everyone “to take renewed awareness of the urgent need to proclaim the Gospel.” He reminded us that the “the goal of the Church’s mission is to illumine all peoples with the light of the Gospel” and exhorted all Christians “to redouble their commitment to participate in the missionary activity that is an essential component of the life of the Church. “
Pope Francis, in his first World Mission Sunday message, 2013, challenged us to proclaim courageously and in every situation the Gospel of Christ, a message of hope, reconciliation and communion.
In his 2014 Mission Sunday message, the Pope challenged the Church to become a welcoming home, a mother for all peoples and the source of rebirth for our world through the intercession of Mary, the model of humble and joyful evangelisation.
“The Church is on a mission in the world,” Pope Francis writes in his 2019 World Mission Day message, Baptised and Sent. “This missionary mandate touches us personally: I am a mission, always; you are a mission, always; every baptised man and woman is a mission.” Hence the Holy Father calls on all Catholics and the Church to revive missionary awareness and commitment.
The missionary Church: The Church, according to Vatican Council II, is “missionary” in her very nature because her founder, Jesus Christ, was the first missionary. God the Father sent God the Son into the world with a message of God’s love and salvation.
Thus, the evangelising mission of the Church is essentially the announcement of God’s love, mercy, forgiveness, and salvation as these are revealed to mankind through the life, death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ our Lord.
How should we evangelise? By exemplary and transparent Christian life, by prayer and by financial support.
The most powerful means of preaching Christ is by living a truly Christian life — a life filled with love, mercy, kindness, compassion and a spirit of forgiveness and service.
Prayer is the second means of missionary work. Jesus said: “Without me you can do nothing.” Therefore, prayer is necessary for anyone who wishes to accept Jesus as Lord and Saviour.
All missionary efforts also require financial support because the love of God can often be explained to the poor only by providing them with food, medicine and means of livelihood.
Hence, on this Mission Sunday, let us learn to appreciate our missionary obligation and support the Church’s missionary activities by leading transparent Christian lives, by fervent prayers, and by generous donations.
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
Ben B, Ariana F, Aidan O, Libby S
Welcome to term 4! The children have been sharing all of their holiday happenings. For those who attended the Holiday Program here at the ELC, Briks4Kidz, Make-a-Bear, Let’s Play and Sports days were the highlights.
The gnomes have returned from Floriade and have found new homes at the children’s houses. A big thank you to Ross from Rotary (and grandfather of a past ELC child) for delivering the gnomes and assisting in organising this event.
Thank you to those parents who come in early to listen to us singing in the afternoons before home time. Your children love seeing you and showcasing their skills. Please be mindful that conversations with other parents are very distracting. If you would rather catch up with other parents, please use the foyer so as not to distract the singing group.
Throughout the week, each of the classes returned to the Woden Gymnastics Centre for the first of their 8 sessions.
St Jude’s Feast Day, Leaning Journeys and Grandparents Day
On Monday 28 October (week 3), we will celebrate St Jude’s Feast Day. We will join the school for Mass at 9:30am and Grandparents are invited to join us. We will then return to the ELC to showcase our learning this year, and to enjoy morning tea.
St Jude’s Walkathon is taking place on Friday 25 October. The Turtle and Lobster classes will be participating on this day. Stingrays will hold their own Walkathon on Wednesday 30 October. Parents and friends are welcome to join us. Please contact your teacher if you are available to assist on the day. Walkathon sponsor forms and Meal Deal order forms have been placed in note pockets.
ELC photos will be held Tuesday 29 October for Stingrays and Turtles and Friday 1 November for Lobsters. If you would like sibling photos to be taken, please see the office for an order form. Sibling photos for Turtles and Lobsters will be held on Thursday 31 October at the primary school. For the Stringrays, sibling photos will take place on Tuesday 29 October at the ELC.
St John Vianney’s Orientation Day
The Orientation day for children attending kindergarten at SJV in 2020 will be held next Thursday 24 October.
St Jude’s Orientation Day
The ELC and the primary school Orientation Day for 2020 will be held on Wednesday 13 November. Please note that parents/guardians are responsible for taking and collecting children to and from the orientation. ELC children who are not attending St Jude’s in 2020 should come to the ELC as normal. This will be a uniform free day for all ELC children.
The St John Vianney’s Fete is on Saturday 2 November. It is always a great family and community day. If you would like to order a Fete Hand or Ride Pass contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The ELC is again holding a mango fundraising drive. Trays of 14-21 Kensington Pride mangoes from North Queensland will be available for $27 and will be delivered to the ELC around 2-6 December. More information and order forms are available on the St Jude’s website. St Jude’s and SJV families and friends are welcome to take part.
Karen Leighton - St Jude's ELC
Phone: 6287 5520
Catholic Schools Netball
Our Catholic Schools Netball Carnival is on this Saturday 19 October. All teams have a parent or an older sibling volunteering for the day to assist with our six teams. A huge thank you to those parents and siblings in assisting to make the day a success. If you are unsure what time your child's game is, please contact your manager or check the Sports noticeboard. To support our umpires, could you please provide your manager with a $5 donation for each participating player? Lastly, thank you to James Hewitt who has kindly offered to assist with the school marquee which will be our base for the day.
Over the weekend, Campbell L (5H) will be representing the ACT in the Junior Australian Oztag Championships in Coffs Harbour. He will be competing over three days against 13 different regions. We wish Campbell all the best for a successful tournament!
This term, all students at St Jude’s will be participating in seven tennis lessons with Joe and his team from the Weston Creek Tennis Club. Students in our junior years (Kindy to Year 3) will have lessons at St Jude’s, and our senior students (Year 4 to Year 6) will be walking to the Weston Creek Tennis Club to enjoy their lessons.
Our fitness has reverted back to our fitness run from term 1. If your child is unable to participate could you please send a note in with them explaining the situation.
Leanne Thomas - Sports Coordinator
Chief Ministers Reading Challenge
Last term, a request was made to St Jude’s for a performance at the Chief Minister’s Reading Challenge Presentations on 31 October. We have a number of musical groups at St Jude’s, however on this occasion, a group of students from Year 5 and 6 will be selected to perform with our African Drums (Djembes and Dun Duns) at the event. If your child has been selected could you please return the note as soon as possible.
Australian Girls Choir
We have received a number of flyers and emails regarding the opportunities the Australian Girls Choir offer. If your child is interested, please see me for a flyer. There is an open day on November 3.
Leanne Thomas - Specialist Music Teacher
Welcome back to our final term! All Library books from the holidays should be returned asap, so new ones can be borrowed. Please remember Library bags also.
*If anyone has been collecting the free books from Big W over the last few weeks (and weeks to come) and would like to donate them to the Library, that would be wonderful! I am building up a multiple set of them for use in Years 1 and 2.
Verna Comley - Librarian
Phone: 6288 7688
Mulleyduds will be open:
Friday 18 October, 3.00pm to 3.30pm
Friday 25 October, 3.00pm to 3.30pm
Friday 1 November, 3.00pm to 3.30pm
Friday 8 November, 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.
Our prices are very competitive and most importantly, 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: email@example.com
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.
Community Council Freezer
In our community we have families who are doing it tough for many different reasons. If you’re in a position to help, we would love some home made or purchased meals to fill our little freezer.
Walkathon sausage sizzle
Volunteers are needed on Friday 25 October. Please consider putting your name down. Meal Deal notes went home this week and need to be back by tomorrow, Friday 18 October. Payment is available on Qkr!
Mulleygrub’s Masterchef needed
Only 9 families needed to end the year. Time goes way too quick! Please email the canteen or contact me if you are interested.
Please remember to add a 10c payment for a bag on Qkr.
Our Masterchef this week is 'The Chipper Charles Family' and they are making 'Chocolate M&M slice'. The ingredients are: arrowroot biscuits, coconut, cocoa, condensed milk, butter, M&M’s and chocolate. We will be selling them for 50c.
Frozen Watermelon slices are now available
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 18 October
Help needed X 1
Wednesday 23 October
Kim Hekimian - Canteen Kim
Phone: 6288 7688
Welcome back for the last term! A few quick notes from the Community Council this week.
The Walkathon is next Friday 25 October and volunteers are needed to help run the drink stands.
The Fete Committee for 2020 is forming and they need members! Many hands make light work, so please consider taking this opportunity to be involved in the organisation of our biggest fundraiser for the year.
If you are able to volunteer your time for either the Fete Committee or the Walkathon, please contact Rebecca Hunter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Save the date
The Spring Fling will be held on Friday 15 November. Tickets will go on sale shortly, so start gathering your friends, pick out your frock and make plans for a wonderful evening.
Community Council Meeting
The next meeting of the Community Council will be held at 6pm on Tuesday 29 October (week 3) in the school library. Please join us and have your say about issues that affect our school.
Charlotte Dalton - Community Council Chair
~ Awards Week 10, Term 3 ~
3M—Olivia W and Connah R
6S—Alex K and Ana P