- A reading from the letter of Paul to the Ephesians (Eph 2:19 -22)
- Principal's Message
- School News
- RE News
- ELC News
- Sport News
- Music News
- Mulleyduds Uniform Shop
- Mulleygrubs Café
- Community Council
- Butterfly Room News
- Students of the Week
- Students not returning to St Jude's in 2020
- Reading Corner
- School Assembly
- School Banking
- St Jude's Fete—Trash and Treasure
You are no longer aliens or foreign visitors: you are citizens like all the saints, and part of God’s household. You are part of a building that has the apostles and prophets for its foundations, and Christ Jesus himself for its main cornerstone. As every structure is aligned on him, all grow into one holy temple in the Lord; and you too, in him, are being built into a house where God lives, in the Spirit.
Dear Parents and Carers
Nationally Consistent Collection of Data (NCCD)
The following passage was written by our Classroom Support Teacher – Ms Karen Western – to explain a significant change teachers have been required to make to record adjustments they make to the learning program for a number of students in their class. This recording of adjustments commenced in 2018 and continues this year and beyond.
This year has seen an enormous change in the way the school documents support for student learning, largely as a response to the much-publicised Gonski report. The Commonwealth government has acknowledged that many students require further support whilst at school, assisting them to develop skills they need for the future. Catholic Education (CE) in the Canberra and Goulburn Archdiocese realised that our teachers were putting in enormous efforts to individualise learning but not recording the adjustments. In response to this, teachers were asked to document all small and large adjustments in Personal Plans. The Personal Plans are stored in an online tool and Catholic Education draw on this data to assist the Commonwealth government in determining funding. Consequently, many more students have Personal Plans at St Jude’s than ever before…
Music Makes Your Child a Better Reader - from The Conversation 8 November 2018
Neuroscience has found a clear relationship between music and language acquisition. Put simply, learning music in the early years of schooling can help children learn to read.
Music, language and the brain
Music processing and language development share an overlapping network in the brain. From an evolutionary perspective, the human brain developed music processing well before language and then used that processing to create and learn language. At birth, babies understand language as if it was music. They respond to the rhythm and melody of language before they understand what the words mean. Babies and young children mimic the language they hear using those elements of rhythm and melody, and this is the sing-song style of speech we know and love in toddlers.
Musically trained children are better readers
The foundation of reading is speech and to learn how to speak, children must first be able to distinguish speech from all other sounds. Music helps them do this. Reading is ultimately about making meaning from the words on the page. A number of skills combine to help us make those meanings, including the ability to distinguish between the sounds in words, and fluency of reading.
What parents can do
Language learning starts from day one of life with parents talking and singing to their babies. Babies bond with their parents and community primarily through their voice, so singing to your baby both forms a bond with them and engages their auditory processing network. The songs, rhymes and rhythm activities our children do in preschool and daycare are actually preparing them for reading.
Parents Not Approaching Students on the Playground
A couple of times each year I like to remind parents that they should not approach students when at school to sort out children’s disagreements. Things can become messy very quickly, despite the very best intentions by parents. The best practise is to speak to your child’s teacher if you are concerned about something that may have happened at school.
Classes for 2020
I am very pleased to advise that we will have the following classes in 2020:
Kindergarten-Mrs Thiele Kindergarten-Mrs Henry Kindergarten-Mrs Feerick
Year 1A Year 1B Year 1C
Year 2A Year 2B
Year 3A Year 3B Year 3C
Year 4A Year 4B
Year 5A Year 5B
Year 6A Year 6B
This means we will have seventeen classes next year, an increase of one on this year. Can I remind parents and students that assigning and notification of teachers to classes doesn’t happen until late in the term.
St Jude's Swimming Program
The school swimming program commences on Monday 25 November and runs until Friday 6 December.
Children are encouraged to wear their swimmers to school under their school uniform for the duration of the swim program. We understand that keeping the sports uniform clean may be difficult, so as long as the children are in a school uniform, we are happy. The children will get changed out of their school uniform at school prior to leaving and then, on return, will change back into their school uniform. The children will need to bring the following items with them to school on each of the ten days of the program:
- A towel
- Swimmers (which can be worn under the school uniform)
- Thongs or slip-on-shoes to wear to and from the pool
- A T-shirt or long sleeve top (weather permitting) to wear to and from the pool
- A change of underwear
- Swimming cap
All items must be clearly marked with your child’s name on it in a suitably labelled bag. All school uniform and underwear will be left at school in the children’s classroom whilst they are at the pool.
If you have any questions, please contact your child’s teacher.
School Christmas Concert—Kinder, Year 1 and Year 2
The school Christmas concert is on Friday 13 December. Further details will be available in due course.
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!
Online with Saints
As one candle is lit from the flame of another, so is faith kindled by faith. Saints inspire sanctity in others and each of us must find inspiration in our lives. An encounter with the Saints and their stories, encourage this. Imagine you could meet and greet a saint, which saint would you choose? Women and men, carpenters and scholars, mothers and popes, princes and paupers: their inspiring stories are linked to real life. If you are interested in having a look at a wonderful resource please go to: https://www.onlinewithsaints.com There is a fabulous free app “Online with Saints” containing the social media profile of 100+ saints, with interesting facts, quotes, prayers and stories of personal faith, love and sacrifice.
Christmas Eve Children & Family Mass
For many years the Christmas Eve Vigil Mass at St Jude’s has been a family-centred celebration of the birth of Jesus. A highlight is the re-enactment of the Nativity story, presented by the school children. Extended families and visitors have come to the Mass for its significance but also because the children are involved in this wonderful part of the life of the Church.
Father Michael invites parents and grandparents who would like to be part of this tradition to help to organise and rehearse the children for this year’s Mass. There’s a guide for how the re-enactment has been organised in past years, and room for any new ideas you may have after discussion with the parish office and Father Michael.
Without your support for your children this Mass just won’t happen. If you’d like to become involved, please contact the school or the parish office 8331 7611.
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 or at the St Jude's front office: 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.
- Whole School Thanksgiving Mass: Thursday 12 December, 9.30am.
- Year 6 Graduation: Tuesday 17 December, starting at 5pm in the church.
- Candle Ceremony: Thursday 19 December, 2.30pm.
Susan Chant - RE Coordinator
Yesterday we were fortunate enough to have some firemen visit us with their fire truck. Aidan’s dad, Gareth was able to bring his team from the station to show us the ins and outs of a fire truck. We were even lucky enough to be able to spray the hose! The highlight was the siren as the firemen took off back to the station ready to combat fires, save cats from trees and rescue people from car accidents.
Last week, our SJV year 5 buddies came to visit us. These visits are incredibly beneficial to our ELC children as they start to make connections with their new school. It is great that they will have a familiar face to help guide them on their first day of primary school.
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
Thank you to the families who helped raise money through the ELC tea towels. We have purchased class sets of Hi-Viz vests to wear when we are off site on excursions or exploring our natural environments. 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.
Earn and Learn Stickers
Earlier this year we collected Earn and Learn stickers to support St Mary’s school in Batlow. Last week they received their order which included many different Lego sets; musical instruments; literacy and math resources and much more. (This photo is only a small portion of what was received). These resources will benefit St Mary’s students and teachers. Thank you to all the families who supported this initiative.
SJV Gingerbread House Decorating Party
SJV are holding a Gingerbread House Decorating Party on Thursday 28 November at 5:30pm. Cost is $20 per kit. To reserve a place contact the SJV office on 6288 2383.
Karen Leighton - St Jude's Early Learning Centre
As our swimming program will commence next week, we will be taking a break from tennis for two weeks and continue with tennis week 9. All classes, except for our year 4 students have engaged in yoga classes with Robyn. This week our year 4 students will begin their four lessons with Robyn. We thank both Robyn and Joe for sharing their wisdom and passion for their sports with our students here at St Jude’s.
A big congratulations to Angus Withington from 5L who competed at Dunc Gray Stadium last week where we was awarded 1st in his two events. Well done Angus!!
Coerer Coaching – Soccer
January School Holiday Camps coming up from 20 to 22 January at the University of Canberra and at Trinity Christian School, which 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:
Southside (Trinity Christian School) Registration Link:
Leanne Thomas - Sports Coordinator
Junior and Senior Choir
Our choirs will be performing in week 7 (our first week of swimming which is unfortunately unavoidable) at Parliament House. 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 performances will be open to the public and we would love any parents, family or friends available to please come and support us with a friendly face.
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 to 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 02 6262 6772.
St Paul’s Choir
A new Junior Choir will be commencing at St Paul’s Anglican Church in Manuka next February. The choir is for boys and girls aged 8 to 14 (school years 3 to 8). All children are invited to be part of this choir, regardless of religious denomination. Further information is available for parents at: stpaulsmanuka.org.au
Leanne Thomas - Specialist Music Teacher
Mulleyduds will be open:
Friday 22 November, 3pm to 3.30pm
Friday 29 November, 3pm to 3.30pm
Friday 13 December, 3pm to 3.30pm
Saturday 1 February, 10am to 12pm
End of year ordering
Ordering of school uniforms is as normal, through the Qkr! app or email@example.com until week 10.
Uniform orders received by Tuesday 17 December (week 10) will be filled and sent to classrooms on Wednesday 18 December (week 10). Orders received after Tuesday 17 December will be processed on Saturday 1 February 2020 and sent to class rooms during week 1, term 1, 2020. Normal uniform ordering will resume in the new year.
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.
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.
What a special treat today was! The ELC came to experience buying from the canteen. The children were so excited and full of questions. It was lovely. I’m looking forward to meeting the next group next Wednesday.
Please remember to add a 10c payment for a bag on Qkr!
Our Masterchef this week is 'The Radiant Roberts Family' and they are making 'Gluten free, dairy free banana muffins'. The ingredients are: gluten free flour, bananas, coconut milk, maple syrup, bicarb soda, cinnamon, gluten free oats, vanilla extract and olive oil. 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 22 November
Help needed X 2
Wednesday 27 November
Help needed X 1
Thursday 28 November
Kim Hekimian - Canteen Kim
Position available at 2020 AGM
Susan Rowell, who has been our wonderful treasurer for the last 3 years, will be leaving the school at the end of the year. The position of Treasurer will be up for election at the 2020 AGM, held on Tuesday 18 February at 6pm in the Library. The Treasurer is primarily responsible for overseeing the finances of the Community Council and works with the school Principal to ensure the Council is kept fully informed of its financial responsibility.
If you would like to nominate for this position, please email your nomination to myself as well as Peter Galvin at email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Clothing store volunteers
The wonderful ladies running the clothing store are seeking volunteers for Friday afternoons. If you are free, this is a wonderful opportunity to get to know parents you may not yet have met, and to be involved in our school community. Please reach out to myself or Susana Lloyd at email@example.com
2020 Fete Committee
The 2020 St Jude’s fete will be held on 14 March and preparations are well under way. Our 'Spirit' fete is all about community spirit, so please consider volunteering any time you can offer up. If we all offer a little of our time, we can all enjoy a wonderful day with minimal effort! If there is a stall you would like to organise, or run with a friend, please let us know! Over the break, gather up your 'trash and treasure' items and bring them in, or consider whether you have something to donate to our silent auctions. Every little bit helps! Of course, if you would like to take a more active part in the fete, you can also join the fete committee, and help pull the whole day together. Watch this space for more information on how you can help us pull off the best fete yet.
Trash and Treasure
The Trash and Treasure shed will be open this 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. Refer to the flyer in the newsletter for further information.
Charlotte Dalton - Community Council Chair
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
~ Awards Week 5, Term 4 ~
1T—Benjamin S and Evie M
2D—Dylan H and Maeve W
2BF—Nixon B and Alexis M
2J—Tom W and Sophie B
3M—Francesco M, Rosie L and Oleena L
3ME—Myah W and Mitchell C
4KR—Elliot M and India Z
5L—Isla T and Monica T
5H—Fin M and Jasmyn V
6S—Jordan F and Ria M
6CG—Gemma C and Amelia N
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.