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- Spring Fling—Friday 15 November
- St Jude's Fete—Trash and Treasure
- Festival Indonesia—Saturday 16 November
- Global School Partners —Canberra Open Gardens Program
The Bible says, “God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16). Jesus said, “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly” - a complete life full of purpose (John 10:10).
Dear Parents and Carers
School Fees 2020
Schools have been notified of increases to our centrally set Tuition Fee and Building Fund by Catholic Education. There are two components of ‘school fees’.
- One component is the Tuition Fee (5% increase) as well as the Building Fund (3% increase) which is set by Catholic Education.
- The other component are the school levies (1.1% overall decrease). All of these school levies collected remain at the school. These levies include: School Operating Levy, Course Material Levy, Computer/IT Levy, Excursion Levy and Sports Levy. Our usual detailed schedule for school fees is being developed and will be distributed to all families when completed.
N.B. This means school fees overall will rise around 1.7% for 2020 for one child.
Year 6 (next year) have been putting themselves forward for leadership positions for 2020. This is a very exciting time for them. The process we follow here at St Jude’s is that:
- school captains (boy and girl captain) are selected first
- house captain and vice-captain for each of our four houses are selected next
- peer leaders are then selected by the principal.
House Captains and Vice Captains
Students in Years 2 to 6 voted in their houses on Monday for the house leaders for next year. Once again, our candidates were an exceptional bunch of girls and boys, but unfortunately there can only be two children selected for each house. Congratulations to all candidates. For 2020 our house captains and vice captains are:
Captain - Campbell L
Vice-Captain - Lily E
Captain - Maddison C
Vice-Captain - Juliette G
Captain - Holly C
Vice-Captain - Mia W
Captain - Natalie S
Vice-Captain - Lily H
Kinder and Preschool Orientation
Over one hundred and twenty new students next year came along for an orientation session yesterday for Kindergarten or preschool. It was wonderful to see and feel the presence of these new students. As a mature person myself I appreciate the innocence, beauty and energy very young children bring to any room they enter. You could feel and see this yesterday very clearly. I want to thank our preschool and Kindergarten teachers for their preparation and presentation yesterday.
Student engagement and student behaviour are areas of great interest to me. Because of that interest I thought I might mention a few things that contribute to poor behaviour which I hear expressed by parents from time to time to their children in various social settings:
Inconsistency — We tell a child that he or she isn’t allowed any treat today. They throw a tantrum or get the grumps, and we allow them the treat. By behaving this way, we cultivate the idea in children that every time they start acting up, they get everything they want. This happens from an early age.
Vain excuses — 'He’s tired.’ ‘She’s just a kid.’ ‘They’re hungry.’ ‘It has been a long term.’ Absolutely, we can’t expect children to be perfect all the time — it’s impossible. They can get hungry or tired, or they can be in a bad mood. This is especially true when they’re at an early age, when they still have problems expressing their emotions clearly. Even the older ones can be stubborn. But making excuses for poor behaviour too often is no good.
Smiling and ‘awwing’ at misbehaviour — It may seem to you that your child is charming while leaning back in a chair in a cafe and singing their favourite song, or when he or she starts eating with his or her fingers, or when they just yell out in class or get up and walk out. But the people around you will hardly appreciate it. Children will continue to behave the way they want, if we don’t remind them how they should behave in public places and around others. We need to deal with poor behaviour.
And of course we need to know the difference between a struggle and outright poor behaviour — of course, many things depend on age. Little children don’t know what’s good and what’s bad — they misbehave and act up without realising it. Instead, they absorb everything like sponges, and if they learn the difference between what’s right and what’s wrong, there will be fewer problems with them in the future. But to retrain and re-educate a child is much more difficult.
Our sincere thanks to all parents / family members / neighbours and students for their generous donations to our recent walkathon. The sponsorship continues to come in and we are very grateful. Thank you to Mrs Susan Rowell (Emily 6S) and Mr Dan Fulton (Assistant Principal) for their organisation of the walkathon. Could any outstanding money be sent to school by Friday 15 November so our walkathon for 2019 can be finalised? Thank you.
St Jude’s Rock Band
A former music teacher here at St Jude’s, Mrs Kelly Shillington, has her various rock bands performing this coming Saturday at Woden Town Square from 3.30pm-5.00pm. These rock bands are made up of current and ex-St Jude’s students. Do yourself a favour and if you are near Woden on Saturday afternoon then have a listen. They are very good, especially the youngest band which comprises all current students.
In an effort to reduce the use of soft plastic wrapping at St Jude’s, the Sustainable School’s Group spent their hard earned holidays making wax food wraps from donated fabrics.
They used all Australian products including food grade wax, pine resin and jojoba oil.
To align with National Recycling Week and St Jude’s Nude Food Day, the group sold the wraps at school this week, selling out very quickly on Tuesday morning!
The packaging logo, designed by our very talented Mrs Bailey (2B), incorporated a honeycomb design.
This is a not-for-profit initiative, and a highly successful one!
Well done, Sustainable School’s Group!
75th Canberra Carols by Candlelight
School families are invited to bring a picnic dinner and join in the 75th Canberra Carols by Candlelight, to be held at Stage 88, Commonwealth Park, on Saturday, 14 December from 7pm.
Organised by the Woden Valley Youth Choir, this event is the second longest running city community carols in Australia (Melbourne is the longest).
Come and join us for a night of song and celebration. It's a great way to begin the Christmas season.
Find us on Facebook ("75th Carols by Candlelight") for more details.
Parish Christmas BBQ
The Parish Christmas Party, Friday 6 December 2019 commencing at 6pm in the grounds of St John Vianney School, Waramanga. ALL PARISHIONERS are invited to come along to what has proved to be a wonderful evening in past years. It is meant for the whole parish. This Christmas Party is also a special occasion for Fr Michael to thank, both in person and publicly, all parishioners for their generous involvement, support and work in the many areas of parish family life.
Please indicate on the list at the back of the churches: your name, numbers coming and whether you will bring a salad or a sweet. If children are over 12 years old, please mark them as an adult on the list. All else is provided. As our parish footprint has expanded and as a sign of welcome and unity, we would really like for all to come. Come along for an evening with friends and fellow parishioners.
Christmas Eve Mass
If you know that your family will be in Canberra for Christmas this year, we invite you to come along and participate in the Christmas Eve Mass on Tuesday 24 December at 6pm. If you think that your child/ren would like to participate in a re-enactment of the Christmas story during the Gospel, please email me on firstname.lastname@example.org. The parish is asking for a volunteer (or a group of volunteers) to coordinate the children’s Mass. Essentially it is organising the children for the Gospel re-enactment. If you are interested in assisting this year, please also email me.
Starting in week 8, our Year 4 and 5 classes will be leading us in our Advent liturgies. These will be held each Monday morning at 9am in our church. Please come along!
Simon Carroll at Assembly
This year we have worked hard to raise money for our partner school in Kenya, Surgeon School. Simon Carroll will be with us tomorrow for our assembly where he will be presented with our fundraising efforts for 2019. Thank you to all families for generously donating their time and money. A very big thank you to our Year 6 students for organising our Mini Missions Fete. All money raised from this fete goes to Surgeon.
Last Friday, a large number of our Year 6 students attended a Youth Ministry gathering at St Vincent’s Primary School in Aranda. It was a wonderful opportunity to come together with liked minded students from 7 other Catholic schools in the Archdiocese. The students were given opportunities to reflect on their faith and witness ways they can live out the mission of the Church in their everyday lives.
- Whole School Thanksgiving Mass: Thursday 12 December, 9.30am.
- Tuesday 17 December: Year 6 Graduation, starting at 5pm in the church.
- Thursday 19 December: Candle Ceremony, 2.30pm.
It is an exciting time of year as the ELC children begin their formal transition to primary school. Many of the children attended the Kinder Orientation Day at St Jude’s yesterday morning. They enjoyed getting to know their Kinder teachers, Mrs Henry, Mrs Thiele and Mrs Feerick and meeting some new friends. A few weeks ago, children heading to St John Vianney’s also enjoyed their Orientation morning with Mrs Thomas. It’s been wonderful to watch their independence and confidence grow this year and we trust they will have a smooth transition to primary school. It was wonderful to welcome next year’s ELC children at our ELC Orientation Day yesterday also.
For our children heading off to SJV next year, we have been able to organise buddy visits. We showed the Year 5 SJV students our centre on Monday and are very excited for them to visit us for a play again tomorrow morning.
If your child will be attending St Jude’s for Kinder next year, please remember to order uniforms as soon as possible. Order via the Qkr! App or visit the school website for an order form or shop opening times. A big thank you to the wonderful volunteers who manage all the uniform orders in Mulleyduds uniform shop. All proceeds from Mulleyduds go to the St Jude’s Community Council to fund projects for the school.
ELC Tea towels
ELC tea towels (misprinted with the primary school logo rather than the ELC logo) are available from the ELC for $5 each. These will make a great gift for Christmas!
Last Day of Term
The last day of Term 4 is Thursday 19 December. The ELC will be running one day of holiday care for current ELC children on Friday 20 December. Booking forms will be available at the ELC soon.
As we are approaching the end of the year, prompt payment of fees would be appreciated. It is important that you check your account balance to ensure you are paying the correct amount.
Karen Leighton - St Jude's Early Learning Centre
Swimming & Tennis
All students at St Jude’s will be participating in tennis and swimming clinics in term 4. Notes for swimming registration have been sent home. Please ensure your child is registered before our lessons in week 7 (25 to 29 November) and week 8 (2 to 6 December). If you need your child's registration code, please contact the front office.
Students up for a challenge have the opportunity to be involved in the Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon on Sunday 9 February 2020. Early entries are available with students asked to register through the website at https://tryathlon.com.au/
Coerver Coaching – Soccer
January School Holiday Camps are from 20 to 22 January 2020 at both the University of Canberra and at Trinity Christian School. The camps run from 9:00am to 12:00pm daily. Registrations are now open for the January School Holiday Camp, which you can pass onto interested players and parents, please use the following links:
Northside (University of Canberra) Registration Link: https://coerveract.com.au/courses/coerver-coaching-act-january-school-holiday-camp-2020-northside
Southside (Trinity Christian School) Registration Link:https://coerveract.com.au/courses/coerver-coaching-act-january-school-holiday-camp-2020-southside
Junior and Senior Choir
Our junior and senior choir started rehearsals last week. We are preparing for our upcoming performances at Parliament House. Both choirs will be performing during week 7 which is our first week of swimming, this was unfortunately unavoidable. Students in the junior choir will be performing on Thursday 28 November at 1.30pm and our senior choir will be performing on Friday 29 November at 11.30am, in the Great Hall. These performance will be open to the public. Could all students please return their permission note and media release form by Friday, 8 November.
Canberra Symphony Orchestra Shell Prom
For interested families, the Canberra Symphony Orchestra (CSO) will be performing on the Lawns of Government House on Saturday 30 November, 6pm – 8pm Gates open 4.45pm*. It is a fabulous evening. This year the CSO will be presenting a program of musical theatre and film favourites for the Shell Prom picnic concert, from My Fair Lady to Frozen. Pack a picnic or grab dinner from the Lions Club sausage sizzle on the night. Book online at cso.org.au/prom or call CSO Direct on 6262 6772.
Leanne Thomas - Specialist Music Teacher
Phone: 6288 7688
Thank you to the Cutajar family for donating some preloved books which have found new homes in both the Library and ELC.
There are only 2 more weeks of borrowing from the Library for this year as the last week is week 7 (25 - 29 November). After that, it will be returns only for weeks 8 and 9. Library will be closed in week 10 for stocktaking.
Verna Comley - Librarian
Phone: 6288 7688
Mulleyduds will be open:
Friday 15 November, 3.00pm to 3.30pm
Friday 22 November, 3.00pm to 3.30pm
Friday 29 November, 3.00pm to 3.30pm
Saturday 1 February, 10am to 12pm
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.
Susana Lloyd, Skye Maguire and Alison Egan - Mulleyduds Uniform Shop
Community Council Freezer
Thank you for all of your donations. It is wonderful to be apart of such a supportive community. Please keep your donations coming.
Mulleygrubs Masterchef needed
Thank you to the families who have put their name down already. I only need 3 more families to end the year. Time goes way too quick! Please email the canteen or contact me if you’re interested.
Please remember to add a 10c payment for a bag on Qkr!
Our Masterchef this week is 'The Civil Cimbora Family' and they are making 'Marshmallow bubble bars'. The ingredients are: rice bubbles, marshmallows, butter, white chocolate and M&M’s. 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
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!
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.
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 15 November
Wednesday 20 November
Thursday 21 November
Kim Hekimian - Canteen Kim
~ Awards Week 4, Term 4 ~
1S —Henry C and Charlie S
2BF—Finley C and Alexis M
3M—Harry A and Angus M
4KR—Jackson O and Amelie M
4LR—Gabby S and Zac C
Check that your children are tracking the story. You can do this by reading the sentence and then pausing at a word you know they know. If they are reading with you (tracking) they will insert the word for you. If you need to get them to point to the word then do so but if they are reading the story fluently they don’t need to point to the word any more. They are reading fabulously.
Return of Personalised Plans and Matrix Receipt
Thank you to all of you who have returned your receipt of the Matrix and Personal Plan.
If you haven’t returned the sheet of paper that has a red “RETURN THIS PAGE ONLY” could you do it ASAP? It is imperative that the school has acknowledgement from you.
Timber blocks for PlayPod
Does anyone have contact with a retired / semi retired carpenter or someone willing to take on a commission to make some brick sized timber blocks for our PlayPod? These timber blocks would need to be various sizes but stackable, and well finished/sanded, etc. Please contact Jo Ratcliffe, Butterfly Room at firstname.lastname@example.org
Karen Western - Learning Support Teacher
Phone: 6288 7688
Building robots is always fun. Using Lego to build robots is exceptionally so. Year 6S used the EV3 Lego Robotics kits this semester to build one version of a robot. Several weeks were needed to build the robot, name the robot and connect the robot (via Bluetooth) to an iPad. Students used an app to drive the robot remotely. With that challenge done, the main task was to program the robot so it runs and makes decisions by itself.
First challenge was to write code to get the robot to follow a line:
Later, it was to code the robot to stay within the boundary of a circle.
And the best challenge was to write code for the robot to be like a sumo wrestler.
Competitions were held to find the robot able to push the other robots out of the circle. Using the sensors, code was written to react to the sensor and take an action. One student wrote:
"Today was really fun and we loved programming CARL to fight. No matter what the results were, it was fun and enjoyable and the whole room was FULL of excitement."
Theories about robot fighting
If you placed your robot strategically you could make it push the other robot straight away which forced the other robot out of the circle. Making it go faster, move differently or adding extra add-on accessories doesn’t mean that you will win.
It was hard to figure out what extra features would keep our robot in the ring and we didn’t know what other robots were programmed to do. It was also annoying when both robots were pushing against each other, not moving, and we had to call it a tie.
"In the end, we were happy with our results and this was by far the most fun activity that everyone was enjoying it!" Emily R and Grace A.
Richard Kaltner - Learning Technology
Phone: 6288 7688
The Trash or Treasure shed will be open
Saturday 23 November from 11am to 12pm.
Please bring along your donations in a clean condition. Brendan is also after Huggies nappy boxes to help sort items. If you have any lying about at home, please bring them in.