- Therese of Lisieux Quotes
- Principal's Message
- School News
- RE News
- ELC NEWS
- Sport News
- Music News
- Mulleyduds Uniform Shop
- Reading Corner
- Students of the Week
- Community Council
- Fete Cake Stall
- Fete Mates
- St Jude’s Fete Mufti Day and Class Basket Raffle Collection Thursday 5 March
- Trash and Treasure
- School Assembly
- School Banking
- An Evening with Dr Justin Coulson, Merici College, 2 March at 6.30pm
The splendour of the rose and the whiteness of the lily do not rob the little violet of its scent nor the daisy of its simple charm. If every tiny flower wanted to be a rose, spring would lose its loveliness.
True happiness on earth consists in being forgotten and in remaining completely ignorant of created things. I understood that all we accomplish, however brilliant, is worth nothing without love.
Dear Parents and Carers
Parental Survey - Future Directions for Catholic Education in Weston Creek and Molonglo - see survey link below
As announced late last year, the Catholic Education Office is facilitating a consultation on the provision of Catholic Education in Molonglo and Weston Creek. Last week there was a meeting with Catholic Education office representatives, Father Michael Lim and principals. This week the consultation has been on the agenda for Our Lady of the Annunciation Parish Council on Monday and there is a meeting with Catholic Education office representatives, principals and school executive teams on Thursday. Two external consultants have been engaged to assist with the consultation. They are Julie Saunders, an urban planner who has done extensive work with Brisbane schools and Michael Avery, former Director of Catholic Education in the Northern Territory. Please complete the survey.
St Therese of Lisieux relics touring Australia
Over one week in late March, the relics of one of the most loved saints of modern times – St Therese of Lisieux, the Little Flower – will tour churches, a Carmelite monastery and one school in the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn. Catholics from across our vast Archdiocese are expected in big numbers to a range of services including Masses, overnight vigils and prayer services when the relics of St Therese of Lisieux visit from 25-31 March. When St Therese’s relics last visited Australia in 2002, an estimated 700,000 Catholics turned out to pray seeking her intercession. Greater numbers are expected on this tour. On this occasion her relics will be accompanied by those of two other modern saints: her mother, Zelie and father Louis. The dates and locations of the visit of the relics of the three saints from the one family were issued in December by Catholic Mission, the Church’s agency in Australia which supports missionaries around the world. (Catholic Voice13 February 2020)
Community Council Annual General Meeting
A good number of parents attended our CC AGM on Tuesday night. The Treasurer's term was up for Susan Rowell. This position was successfully filled with Victoria Withington being elected. Chair-Charlotte Dalton, Deputy Chair-Max Rafferty and Secretary-Skye Maguire continue in their roles for this year. I want to thank Susan and our remaining office holders for generously giving their time and energy over the last year, and in Susan’s case for the last four years. They all have made/are making a valuable contribution to our school. Likewise I want to thank Victoria for putting her hand up to continue the important work of Treasurer of our Community Council.
Catholic Education Welcomes New School Funding Measure
The National Catholic Education Commission (NCEC) welcomes the introduction of legislation to amend the Australian Education Act to allow for a fairer and more accurate measure of assessing parents’ capacity to contribute to the costs of non-government schooling. The Direct Measure of Income (DMI), to be fully introduced by 2022, is based on the findings of the independent review by the National School Resourcing Board (NSRB). The DMI will replace the socio-economic status (SES) score methodology that was identified as fundamentally flawed by the Gonski Review in 2011, and will rectify the poorly conceived amendments to the Australian Education Act introduced by the Turnbull government in 2017 that increased the fee expectations on non-government school families. National Catholic Education executive director Jacinta Collins said the existing geographically-based SES model has inherent inequities because it assesses family wealth based on the area in which a family lives, not by their actual income. “Both the Gonski and NSRB reviews found that the SES methodology was simply too crude to ensure fair funding for the majority of low fee Catholic schools,” Ms Collins said. “The 2017 model introduced by the Turnbull Government created serious consequences that threatened the viability of nearly 500 low fee Catholic schools and increased the fee expectations on non-government school families. "In many cases, these schools would have been forced to double or triple their fees, making them unaffordable to many Catholic school families. The new DMI will provide a more accurate and meaningful measure by using the median income of parents and carers at the school to determine the base funding level per student," Ms Collins said.
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 is 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, Sports Levy. Our usual detailed schedule for school fees has been developed and distributed to all families.
N.B. This means SFs overall will rise around 1.7% for 2020 for one child.
Family fee statements have been emailed to families. Please contact the front office if you haven't received your fee statement.
Vacation Care at St Jude’s
Here is the link specifically for St Jude’s parents to use to book into Vacation Care for the next school holidays. http://pp.campaustralia.com.au/holidayclubfinder/showprograms/e5679267-602c-461f-9a70-c56e6f1be285
Late Arrival to School
If your child arrives late to school, you must sign your child in at the Students In/Out Register at the front office and complete a white late pass for your child's teacher.
Class Parent Reps
Calling on volunteers for parent reps for 1S, 3M and 4L.
This is a fabulous and rewarding way of being more involved in your child’s schooling as a liaison between the teacher, the school councillor and the executive to the parents and carers in your class. For more details, please check the notes section on the website. To volunteer or get further information please contact Kate Reed (Parent Representative Coordinator) on firstname.lastname@example.org
School Communication – SZapp
The school uses the SZapp app on mobile phones as one way of communicating with parents and carers. For those new to the school please download the app from your app store. See our website home page (https://stjudesps.act.edu.au/stjuszapp), then the ‘For Parents’ tab, SZApp.
Occasionally we send information which targets a specific grade. Please open the SZapp and select Manage, and select the grade for each of your children. Make sure that you unselect the grades that you do not want to receive specific information.
Uniform and Special Event Costs – Qkr! app
The school uses the Qkr! app to assist with the payments for uniform, any special meals deals (for example at swimming or athletics carnivals), fete activities and canteen lunch orders. Families new to the school are asked to download this app. Instructions can be found on our school website (https://stjudesps.act.edu.au/qkr) or visit the ‘For Parents’ tab, Qkr! page.
All families are asked to update their profiles to reflect the current grade that your children are in. Please select the year and class. This ensures that any orders from the uniform shop or the canteen will find your child.
Our Lady of the Annunciation Parish
Weston Creek/South Molonglo
Reconciliation and Eucharist Retreat Experience
Today, the year 3 and 4 students who are making the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist, participated in a retreat experience. This was an opportunity for the students to learn more about the significance of the sacrament and how it can be a positive experience for them. They participated in the retreat with enthusiasm and interest. Thank you to the year 3 and 4 teachers from St Jude’s and St John Vianney’s for leading the sessions and to Fr Michael for guiding the students throughout the morning.
Just a reminder that we have our parish commitment Masses on the weekend of 14/15 March for the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist.
The following reading is from Ash Wednesday’s Gospel of Matthew.
Jesus said to his disciples:
‘Be careful not to parade your good deeds before men to attract their notice; by doing this you will lose all reward from your Father in heaven. So when you give alms, do not have it trumpeted before you; this is what the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets to win men’s admiration. I tell you solemnly, they have had their reward. But when you give alms, your left hand must not know what your right is doing; your almsgiving must be secret, and your Father who sees all that is done in secret will reward you.
‘And when you pray, do not imitate the hypocrites: they love to say their prayers standing up in the synagogues and at the street corners for people to see them. I tell you solemnly, they have had their reward. But when you pray, go to your private room and, when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in that secret place, and your Father who sees all that is done in secret will reward you.
‘When you fast do not put on a gloomy look as the hypocrites do: they pull long faces to let men know they are fasting. I tell you solemnly, they have had their reward. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that no one will know you are fasting except your Father who sees all that is done in secret; and your Father who sees all that is done in secret will reward you.’
The Gospel of Matthew calls us to the heart of the penitential season of Lent: a conversion of heart that comes from a renewed and revistalised relationship with our God who is gracious and merciful and bestows abundant life on all. In this gospel, Jesus is not so much speaking about public versus private prayer, rather he is talking about being authentic. We are counselled to act with integrity, not motivated by personal gain but by faith, which causes us to act in discipleship to Christ. For the giver, the purpose behind the actions of prayer, fasting and almsgiving is more important than the actions themselves.
In a time when the world is fractured and inequality is growing, let us connect with authenticity to our sisters and brothers as we rise to meet the universal challenges of our time.
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
Over the past week, we have had a fire drill for the ELC children and staff. Although some children did not like the loud noise, they remained calm and listened to their teachers. The ELC participates in a fire drill each term, as well as taking part in whole school drills.
Last week Theresa Corson from the Youth Ministry program came to visit the Turtles and Stingrays. Theresa helped build on the discussions we have had about the meaning of the cross and candle that we use during prayer sessions. This term the ELC will visit the Church with their class to look for symbols and ask questions.
Thank you to those of you who attended the Community Council Meeting on Tuesday night. We hope that you found it beneficial and got to meet someone new. All are welcome to attend the Community Council meetings, so keep your eye on the newsletter for dates.
We have had a fantastic response in people volunteering to be parent representatives. Parents and carers, please ensure you email your parent reps so that you can be involved in events and information throughout the year.
St John Vianney’s school hosts a playgroup for children aged 0-5, every second Wednesday from 9.30am to 11.00am. The last playgroup session for this term is on 1 April and the theme is Easter.
ELC Families are invited to the St John Vianney’s Disco on Friday 13 March from 5.30pm to 7.00pm. See the ELC for more information.
ELC fees are due tomorrow, Friday 28 February. Prompt payment of fees is appreciated.
Community Library call out
If anyone has a structure that would be suitable as a Community Library that you would donate, please let the ELC office know. We have the perfect reading chair outside the ELC and hope to add a mini community library.
Gabrielle Stitt - St Jude's Early Learning Centre
Phone: 6287 5520
Late last year, nominations for students who have competed at a high level in sport or shown great sportsmanship were asked to be considered for a School Sports ACT Excellence in Sport Award. We are pleased to say that we have three students, Ella and Amelia N (Year 6 2019) and Elise C (5L) who have been shortlisted. They will find out who the winners of the awards are on Wednesday 11 March.
Mr Galvin and students in Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 had their first training session this week for the Matt Giteau Cup to be held on 12 March 2020, at Campese Oval Queanbeyan. If you would still like to participate in the day could you please talk with Mr Galvin to obtain a permission note. Notes for students who have already expressed their interest went home on Tuesday 25 February.
Any students who have shown an interest in participating in the 3v3 competition to be held on 4 March have received a note from Mrs Stincic. If you are interested, please see Mrs Stincic ASAP.
AFL Gala Day and Touch Football
Unfortunately due to lack of students wanting to participate in the AFL and touch football Gala day, we are unable to send a team to this event.
Any students in Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 interested in participating in a futsal competition coming up. Could you please let Mrs Thomas or Mrs Gibson know, so we can add your name to our list.
The winter competition registrations are beginning. If you are interested in having your child participate in the local competitions, please see our website for information about sports such as soccer and netball.
On Tuesday afternoon, between 4pm and 5pm, Netball ACT has set up an 8 week course for students in our younger years to participate in clinics at Arawang Netball Courts for $30. If you are interested in enrolling your child, please get in contact with Lachie O’Sullivan on 0459 033 062 or 02 6241 4088.
Students in Year 2 have started their class clinics of netball this week with great success. Our Year 4 students will commence their four clinics with Cricket ACT on Friday. Students in Year 4 have been participating in yoga. Our Year 1 students will start their sessions with Kristy, our new yoga instructor, next week.
Leanne Thomas - Sports Coordinator
Our two choirs, Junior and Senior, rehearse every Wednesday. Junior Choir will rehearse from 2.00pm to 2.30pm in the Music Room with Mrs Sharon Hart (2H) and Mrs Leanne Thomas and will be performing at our school fete on Saturday 14 March.
Our Senior Choir will be rehearsing on Wednesdays from 2.30-3.00pm in the music room with Mrs Sharon Hart (2H) and Mrs Leanne Thomas. We will be performing at both the fete and at the Catholic Schools Big Sing to be held on Friday 20 March at Mother Teresa School.
On Wednesday 1 April, we will be visited by Taiko drumming. Students in Year 4, 5 and 6 will participate in a one hour workshop. Students in ELC to Year 3 will be able to enjoy an interactive performance. This is in line with and an extension to our music curriculum.
Mulleyduds will be open:
Every Wednesday from 9.00am to 9.30am
Every Friday from 3.00pm to 3.30pm
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
~ Awards Week 3, Term 1 ~
1H—Grace SP and Aimee Z
1T—Eli M and Joshua M
1S—Luke H and Ashley T
2H—Miya W, Riley W, John C and Ella B
3LS—Harrison B and Siena R
3M—Alice C and Jett T
3S—Dylan H and Mary S
4L—Max C and Myah W
4R—Amelia S and Archer B
5L—Charlotte C and Ellie C
‘Spirit’ Fete 2020
Our school ‘Spirit’ fete will be held this year on Saturday 14 March. Mark it in your diaries! In this week’s newsletter, you can find further information volunteering, cake stall information, and mufti day donations.
The Trash and Treasure shed will be open every Tuesday until the fete from 3.00pm to 3.30pm, as well as Sunday 1 March and Sunday 8 March, from 10.00 am to 11.00am.
Our Platinum Sponsorship packages have sold out, but we still have some Gold ($250) and Silver ($100) packages available. If you, your business or your workplace is interested in sponsoring the fete, please contact the fete committee at stjudesfetesponsorship.@gmail.com
You can also let us know if you are interested in volunteering your time on the day or in helping with organisation in the lead up to the fete.
Volunteer opportunities for St Jude’s Fete 2020 are now open. To sign up, please use the following link:
Please remember you can volunteer on any stall, not just the ones assigned to your year group. Volunteering at the fete is a fantastic way to be involved in our community event. Volunteering your time enables us to make our fete a hugely successful event year after year, and it is very much appreciated.
Please remember Mufti Day is next Thursday 5 March. Please see the attached flyer for suggested donations. Your generosity helps reduce the workload for those coordinating the stalls.
All-Day Ride Wristbands and Fete Mate
All-day ride wristbands and Fete Mate are now on sale through Qkr! This year, our fete will be hosting exciting carnival rides and an all-day, all inclusive carnival rides wristband can be purchased before the fete for an amazing $25. Wristbands can be bought on the day for $30 or individual rides will cost $6 each. Nothing goes better with unlimited rides than a Fete Mate, so don’t forget to get your order in! Please note that some rides require a parent to ride with small child, and children under 110cm cannot ride the Storm, even with a parent. Wristbands can be bought through Qkr! until Friday 13 March, or by returning the form to go out this week with cash to the front office until Thursday 12 March.
Kiss the Goat
Kiss the Goat will be returning in 2020 with a star-studded line-up. Students (and parents and staff) will have the opportunity to vote for one teacher to kiss a goat. In the running this year are Mrs Henry, Mr Stephens, and the bookies’ favourite, Mr Galvin. Don’t forget to bring your gold coins (or more) along to morning assembly on Thursdays and Fridays to cast your vote. Whoever raises the most, puckers up to the goat...so dig deep!
Community Council Meeting
Our first Community Council meeting for the year was held on Tuesday night and it was fantastic to see such a good turnout. I look forward to working with the many new faces throughout the year. At our AGM, Victoria Withington was appointed as our new Treasurer, and Rebecca Roberts, Kathryn Lees and Nick Fairbairn were appointed to the Fundraising Committee, to be coordinated by the Community Council Vice Chair, Max Rafferty. Congratulations to our new position holders!
Charlotte Dalton - Community Council Chair
Dr Justin Coulson, one of Australia’s most respected parenting authors and speakers, will be visiting Merici College on Monday 2 March. As a psychologist, and a father of six girls, he will be sharing his insights into what is really going on in the minds of our teenage daughters, how are they feeling and how we can stay connected with them. He will also be talking about his new book, Miss-Connection. Justin’s presentation will be held in the Merici auditorium from 6.30pm to 8.30pm, $5.00 per person. Please follow the link https://www.trybooking.com/BINLZ for bookings. We warmly invite our Merici families, as well as our wider community to come along.