- The Liturgical Season of Advent – Week 1
- Principal's Message
- School News
- RE News
- Sport News
- Music News
- Library News
- Mulleyduds Uniform Shop
- Mulleygrubs Café
- Community Council
- Butterfly Room News
- Reading Corner
- Students of the Week
- Students not returning to St Jude's in 2020
- Trash and Treasure—Open Shed
- School Assembly
- School Banking
This weekend we begin the first week of Advent. Advent reminds us that we must be ready to meet the Lord at any and every moment of life. Just like a security alarm wakes up a homeowner, Advent wakes up Christians who are in danger of sleeping through their lives.
Dear Parents and Carers
Former Assistant Principal
Early this week we received some sad news about Mrs Joan Dove who was a former Assistant Principal at St Jude’s. Joan Dove passed away on Saturday 16 November and her funeral was held last Friday 22 November at St Thomas the Apostle Kambah. Mrs Dove was a dedicated member of the St Jude's staff and was well known in the area. Mrs Dove’s daughter thought others in the St Jude's community both past and present may want to know of Joan's passing. This is the case I am sure, as St Jude’s has an increasing number of former students as current parents, so they may well have been students here in Mrs Dove’s time at St Jude’s. Mrs Dove was aged 90 and passed peacefully at home surrounded by her beloved family. Joan retired in 1987 as Assistant Principal of St Jude’s. May she rest in peace.
Parking Fines in Mulley Street
A number of parents have received infringement notices for parking along Mulley Street in recent weeks. It seems the roadside outside the ELC is reserved as a bicycle lane, and there is a $231 fine for parking there! One of our parents was fined at 2:58 pm recently. It appears that the roadside signage is deficient so parents and carers are asked to be cautious and to read all signs and note road markings as well.
Book Packs for 2020
Notes went home yesterday with children in years Kinder to Year 5, to order stationary requirements for next year. As a new initiative for 2020, book packs will remain at school. To reduce the environmental impact, we are not encouraging the covering of exercise books in contact or plastic. Students who purchase a book pack will have access to their books and stationary in class from Monday 3 February 2020. Alternatively, parents are welcome to purchase class book pack items themselves using the book pack list for the various grades which were sent home yesterday with each child.
Young children can say the most embarrassing things at times. I am sure we all have cringed thinking about those moments when one of our children blurted a comment about another person at the most inopportune time within earshot of the ‘victim’. Empathy is something that can be quite foreign to young children, but is gradually learnt throughout their youth. It’s a trait that is central to healthy relationships and successful interactions with others, both in professional and personal spheres of adult life. Therefore, the ability to develop empathy for others is something that needs to be spoken about explicitly with children.
From the National Literacy Trust UK
The importance of supporting your child's reading cannot be overestimated. Thankfully, there are lots of fun and easy ways of doing this. 1) Be a role model - One of the most important things you can do is to read yourself. When we surveyed children about their reading role models, parents were top of their list. If your child sees you reading, they will copy your behaviour, even from a very young age. It also provides great opportunities to discuss, as a family, what you are all reading and what you enjoy. 2) Encourage them - Like the rest of us, children love praise. Be sure to encourage their efforts. Treating reading as a reward in itself, rather than a task to be completed, will also help give your child positive views of reading. Reading for pleasure, above all other factors, has the most influence on a child's attainment. Therefore, make sure your child is reading things they enjoy - if they like dinosaurs then find books and other literature on dinosaurs! 3) Don't forget your Library! Your local Library is a goldmine - make sure you use it. It will give your child a chance to explore titles for themselves, and take part in any fun reading events. Ask the Librarian for advice too - they are experts in literature and only too happy to offer advice and guidance. 4) Technology is not the enemy - eBooks and other technologies can enhance and enrich a child's reading experience. Reading in all its forms is beneficial to children, whether that's through traditional print books, e-books, other digital devices, comics, magazines or even menus and road signs when they're out and about.
Go online and take a look at the National Literacy Trust's website for parents www.wordsforlife.org.uk This site is full of free resources for parents, lists of milestones for different age groups, as well as competitions and book give-aways.
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 Monday 16 December, 2pm to 3pm. Further details will be available in due course.
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 organise/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.
Sacramental Dates for 2020
As a parish and school, we have begun planning for the sacraments for 2020. If your child is Catholic, they are invited to make the Sacrament of Penance in Year 3, the Sacrament of Eucharist in Year 4 and the Sacrament of Confirmation in Year 6. If for any reason your child has not made a sacrament and they would like to, the invitation is there to be taken up.
Here are the key dates for 2020
Tuesday 18 February, SJV Church, 6.30pm to 7.30pm:
- Information Evening for ALL SACRAMENTS
- Any parent or child who is thinking about receiving a Sacrament in 2020 needs to attend this information evening
Eucharist and Reconciliation
Date and Time
Who needs to attend
All Year 3 and 4 children at St Jude’s and SJV and those children from other schools who may want to receive the Sacraments
14 March 5pm
15 March 9am and 5pm
Any child who wishes to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation or Eucharist
St Jude’s (Saturday and Sunday’s Nights)
SJV (Sunday morning)
All children and parents who have committed to the Sacraments
Eucharist Retreat Day
Friday 8 May 9am - 3pm
All SJV and St Judes Year 4 children and any children who wish to receive the Sacrament
St Judes or SJV
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Children who are to receive the Sacrament
Sacrament of Eucharist
Children who are to receive the Sacrament
Saturday- St Jude’s
Sunday- SJV Church
All dates tentative until confirmed from Archbishop's Office.
St Vincent de Paul Giving Tree
All dates tentative until confirmed from Archbishop's Office. As you are aware, we are collecting donations for the St Vincent de Paul Society to help families in need in Weston Creek/Molonglo this Christmas. Thank you to all the families for making donations already, we are overwhelmed by your generosity. Vinnies would greatly appreciate donations of non-perishable food, toiletries and Christmas fare. So we can cater for all the needs of the community, the donations have been split among the year groups with some suggestions for possible donations.
ELC, Kinder and Year 1
Years 2 and 3
Years 4, 5 and 6
Non-perishable food items
breakfast cereal, rice pasta (or pasta meals,) pasta sauce, milo, tea, coffee, noodles, baked beans, tins of corn, beetroot, tomatoes
deodorant, toilet paper, shampoo, soap, toothbrushes and toothpaste, sanitary items
Christmas pudding, cake, Christmas biscuits/chocolates, lollies, soft drink
Our local conference would like to get care packages out to families in the week before Christmas. If you are able to donate, please leave your items under our Christmas tree outside the library before Tuesday 10 December.
Susan Chant - St Jude's Primary School
ELC Christmas Concerts
Yes, it is that time of year when we start to break out singing Christmas carols. The ELC Christmas concert will be in week 9:
- Turtles and Stingrays will be performing on Tuesday 10 December at 9:30am.
- Turtles and Lobsters will be performing on Thursday 12 December at 2pm.
Costume information has be sent via class email.
If you ordered a tray of mangoes through our fundraiser, we are expecting delivery next week. Keep an eye on SZapp for a delivery notification.
Please take the time to check the lost property basket located under the sign in desk. All unclaimed items will be donated to charity at the end of the year.
St Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal
If you are able to donate non-perishable food items, please leave your contributions under the Christmas tree in the front foyer before 10 December. If you have any spare boxes that could be used to pack items in, it would also be greatly appreciated.
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 under the notes section of the school website.
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. Please remember to cancel any automatic payments to ensure that you do not overpay your account, as it may not be possible to process refunds before February.
Karen Leighton - St Jude's ELC
As our swimming program has commenced, we will be taking a break from tennis for the two weeks and will return to tennis in week 9. All classes, except for our Year 4 students, have engaged in Yoga Classes with Robyn this year. We thank both Robyn and Joe for sharing their wisdom and passion for their sports with our students here at St Jude’s.
Capital Football – Soccer
Capital football are running a summer holiday clinic 20-22 January, from 9am to 12pm each day at Hawker Synthetic, Walhallow Street, Hawker. If you are interested please go to https://capitalfootball.com.au/%20game-development/holiday-clinics/ or call 6189 2215 for more details.
Leanne Thomas - Sports Coordinator
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 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 8-14 (school years 3-8). All children are invited to be part of this choir, regardless of religious denomination. Further information is available for parents email@example.com
Leanne Thomas - Specialist Music Teacher
The Scholastic Book Fair (Pre-Christmas shopping) was well attended and most parents seemed very happy with their 2 for 1 deals. All profit from the event has gone straight back into books for the Library. Thank you!
Thank you also to the family who dropped in a bag of books for use within the school. We have many opportunities to find new homes for preloved books in great condition. They may go to the Library or ELC or even the classroom reading system but they will be used!
What’s been happening in the Library?
ELC have been introduced to the Non-Fiction section of the Library and are enjoying their books.
Kinder have been learning about Uluru: asking questions and finding out answers, especially in relation to its significance to Aboriginal people.
Year 1 are looking at settings in stories and Non-Fiction, as well as learning about some local (ACT) and Indigenous (Ngunnawal) stories.
Year 2 are researching places around Australia after reading ‘Are we there yet?’ and creating their own class book.
Year 3 are using Oliver to conduct searches and improve their Information skills.
Year 4 have been introduced to SORA (online borrowing) and are exploring NF genres. Currently we are looking at fables and then myths and legends to finish.
Year 5 are exploring our connections with Asia – food, travel, inventions, trade, fashion, celebrations etc
Year 6 have just completed biography posters on famous Australians who have Aboriginal or Asian heritage.
LAST week for borrowing for everyone in
ELC and Kinder to Year 6!
Next week all children’s books need to be returned by the end of the week. The class that clears their Library loans first will receive a reward for every child. All Library bags need to be returned as well. Please contact me if you have any concerns.
Verna Comley - Librarian
Phone: 6288 7688
Mulleyduds will be open:
Friday 29 November, 3pm to 3.30pm
Wednesday 4 December, 8.30am to 9.30am
Wednesday 11 December, 8.30am to 9.30am
Friday 13 December, 3pm to 3.30pm
Wednesday 18 December, 8.30am to 9.30am
Saturday 1 February, 10am to 12pm
End of year ordering
Ordering of school uniforms is as normal, through the Qkr! app or firstname.lastname@example.org 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 classrooms during week 1, term 1, 2020. Normal uniform ordering will resume in the new year.
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 a part of such a supportive community. Please keep your donations coming.
The last group from the ELC came for a visit yesterday and it was just so special to meet them all. The children were so excited and full of questions. It was lovely. I’m looking forward to seeing most of them next year in the library.
Please remember to add a 10c payment for a bag on Qkr!
This week the Mulleygrubs Café will be selling 'Ice cream cones'. We will be selling them for $1.50. Chocolate topping will be available if requested.
Frozen Watermelon and Pineapple slices
are now available 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
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 29 November
Help needed X 1
Wednesday 4 December
Help needed X 1
Thursday 5 December
Kim Hekimian - Canteen Kim
Position available at 2020 AGM
Mrs Susan Rowell, who has been our wonderful treasurer for the last 3 years, will be leaving the school at the end of the year, therefore, her 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
Clothing store volunteers
The wonderful ladies running the clothing store are seeking volunteers for Friday afternoons. If you are free, this is 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
2020 Fete Committee
The 2020 St Jude’s fete will be held on Saturday 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.
We are starting to collect donations for the 2020 fete. Specific items we are looking for are chipped or cracked ceramic plates, bowls and cups, baby items or handmade items. If you have any of these around at home, please collect them up and drop off at the next Trash and Treasure open shed. Please also encourage any crafting family or friends to make baby items such as cardigans, beanies, booties or toys for our baby stall. If you have any other items to donate to our silent auction, please email Mrs Rebecca Hunter to arrange a drop off time and location. She can be contacted at email@example.com. If you, your business, or someone you know would like make a donation to our fete, please contact Rebecca or myself.
Keep an eye out in the coming newsletters for more ways you can help with our fete. If you’d like to run a stall, no need to wait for us, please email Rebecca and let her know how you’d like to help out.
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
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.
~ Awards Week 6, Term 4 ~
2BF—Hamish G, Huge R, Emily C
3M—Lily K, Thomas A
3ME—Rhye M and James E
5L—Mateusz M and Jacob L
The Trash and Treasure shed will be open
Wednesday 4 December 3pm to 3.30pm
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.