- The First Week of Lent
- Principal's Message
- School News
- RE News
- ELC News
- Music News
- Library News
- Mulleyduds Uniform Shop
- Community Council
- Students of the Week
- Reading Corner
- Fete Mates
- Fete Cake Stall
- Trash and Treasure
- School Assembly
- School Banking
- Catholic Care Speech Pathology
- St Clare's College - Enrolling now for 2021!
I am not always eager to do your will.
I would often much rather do my own will.
Please be with me on this Lenten journey
and help me to remember
that your own spirit can guide me
in the right direction.
I want to fix my weaknesses
but the task seems overwhelming.
But I know that with your help,
anything can be done.
With a grateful heart,
I acknowledge your love
and know that without you,
I can do nothing.
Dear Parents and Carers
Molonglo and Weston Creek Consultation for Future of Catholic Education in Molonglo and Weston Creek - please complete the survey, see the link below.
As announced late last year the Catholic Education Office is facilitating a consultation process on the provision of Catholic Education in Molonglo and Weston Creek. 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. Julie, Michael and Catholic Education representatives will facilitate a parent meeting on Wednesday 11 March at St John Vianney’s at 7:30pm. You are encouraged to attend this parent meeting. You are invited to complete the consultation survey for parents by Friday 6 March. The survey deadline has been extended to this Friday.
Home and School Working Together
All the research says quite clearly that it is important for children to see their parents and the school working together to help them feel safer, happier and supported in school. And children that are safe, happy and supported achieve better in school. The reason this is big media news is because schools in Australia are apparently failing our kids. But I think the thinking is slightly flawed and there is one big area that the media forgets in this equation...kids are not taught in isolation. You cannot put them in school during the day and expect them to solely focus on being academically high achievers… life gets in the way. Children are learners. They are on a lifelong path of getting better at things academically, socially and emotionally. We know engaged parents equals safe, happy and supported students. My point is, no matter whether you can or can’t be physically here at school - your child needs to know you are working with us. They need to know and sense you are engaged with school. When a family is positive about a school and openly supportive of all that happens at school then the child is the winner. We are not perfect. We all make mistakes or struggle with something. But mistakes and struggles are not a big deal if we feel safe, happy and supported. If a child begins to feel sick a lot or tries to get out of school, a parent should feel that they can contact school to share that problem and together we can assist to sort out the real reason for being sick - is it friendship struggles, the child worrying about something at home while they are gone, sleep issues, stomach problems impacting….. my big point here - parents can’t do it on their own. And school can’t do it without home. And we don't work in isolation… it is a team effort. Whether it is small questions about school work, large issues like bullying or in between things like friendship or difficulties with learning we all need to work as a team. PLEASE do everything you can to support school and the relationship between yourself and school, because in doing so you are supporting, encouraging and assisting YOUR child to be the best they can be. Sometimes that does involve mistakes, failures and misconceptions. But try not to blame...try a different positive approach. We too, want the best for your child so let us spend this year building relationships to benefit YOUR child so they can experience support that will ensure success.
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
Preparation for Enrolment Period 2021
The enrolment period for Catholic schools begins in May this year, however, some schools have commenced advertising for the enrolment period. Please take the time now, to locate any documentation you may need for the enrolment period, ie Baptism Certificates, Birth Certificates, school reports, immunisation records, proof of address, visa's, etc.
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.
Feast of the Annunciation
As you are aware, our parish has been renamed The Parish of Our Lady of the Annunciation. The feast day is Wednesday 25 March. Our school community is going to attend Mass with the St John Vianney community at SJV Church at 10am. You are all more than welcome to attend.
Lenten Concert - ‘Ashes to Easter’ with Peter Kearney
On Sunday 15 March from 2.00pm to 3.15pm in the St John Vianney Church. Peter Kearney is an Australian Catholic songwriter/singer. His ‘Ashes to Easter’ concert weaves songs and stories and reflections on Lenten themes and looks ahead to Holy Week and Easter. Donations will be forwarded to Bushfire Relief.
Project Compassion Lent focus
In previous years at St Jude’s we have had a Rice Day to raise our awareness of those less fortunate in our world. This year, we are going to have a Walk for Water Day on Friday 20 March to coincide with World Water Day on Sunday 22 March. The aim of the day is to demonstrate solidarity with those who face shortages.
In the lead up to Walk for Water Day, all students across the school will be encouraged to participate in a Water Wise Challenge as a part of homework. Parents are asked to sign off on certain things that save water around the house in order to raise awareness of the importance of saving water.
On our Walk for Water Day the students will be going on a walk with their class carrying all the water that they have saved at school and at home. Please start collecting 2 and 3 litre milk containers and filling them up with water that you have saved at home. This could be from water bottles at the end of the day, sink water, bath water - the list is endless!
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
The ELC children were involved in making pancakes on Shrove Tuesday. Although the children did not attend the Ash Wednesday school Mass, Mrs Chant, our Religious Education coordinator visited us at the ELC and explained the Lenten season to the children. The Lobsters and Turtles visited the church together which generated many questions and allowed them to explore and locate symbols. On Friday, the Turtle class participated in ‘Clean Up Australia Day’ with the help of their year 5 buddies.
“Clean Up Australia inspires and empowers communities to clean up, fix up and conserve our environment. Of course, Australia's waste challenges can't be solved in just one day, so over the past three decades, Clean Up Australia has evolved into an organisation that works with community, government and businesses to provide practical solutions to help us all live more sustainably every day of the year. Today our focus is as much on preventing rubbish entering our environment as it is removing what has already accumulated.”
For more information and resources on how to help our planet visit:
When signing your child in, please ensure that you are only signing them in for the current session. If your child is attending Before School Care, only sign them in to Before School Care. Our staff sign them out of Before School Care and into their Preschool class.
St John Vianney’s Come and Try Mornings
St John Vianney’s come and try days are on Tuesday 10 March and Thursday 12 March, 9.30am to 11.30am. If you are taking your child along, please ensure you remember to sign them in and out of the ELC.
Uniform Free Days for Fete
Thank you for your fete donations.
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 near the front gate and hope to add a mini community library.
St John Vianney’s hosts a playgroup for children aged 0 to 5, every second Wednesday from 9.30am to 11am. The last playgroup session for this term is on Wednesday 1 April and the theme is Easter.
St John Vianney’s Disco
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.
Gabrielle Adams - St Jude's ELC
Phone: 6287 5520
Fete – Choir
Both our Junior and Senior Choir will be performing at the school fete. Our Junior Choir will be performing at 10.00am to 10.30am and Senior Choir at 11.00am until 11.30am. Students are asked to come in their casual weekend wear and bring a water bottle.
Catholic Schools Big Sing
Students in our Senior Choir will be performing at the Catholic Schools Big Sing, to be held at Mother Teresa School in Harrison. Parents, friends and carers are most welcome to join us at the concert to be held at 1pm. Please note, this is a new time and is different to the permission note sent out a week ago. Those students wanting to participate, please return your notes to Mrs Thomas, ASAP.
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 the ELC to Year 3 will be able to enjoy an interactive performance. This is in line with and an extension to our music curriculum.
What’s happening in the Library?
ELC are enjoying story time and choosing their own 'just right' books to take home and share.
Kinders are currently exploring number stories eg Goldilocks & the 3 Bears, One Hungry Spider etc.
Year 1 are focusing on Australian author, Margaret Wild, and various illustrators.
Year 2 are exploring a Water theme in literature eg ‘The Wonder thing’, ‘The Waterhole’ & ‘Big Rain Coming’.
Year 3 are examining how illustrations work in tandem with the story as part of Visual Literacy.
Year 4 are working on their Library Certificate and learning about the organisation of resources in the Library.
Year 5 are learning how to create an online Bibliography.
Year 6 are creating their own genre show bag to highlight a Fiction genre.
In the Library we promote the I PICK strategy with classes for selecting books.
We also encourage weekly borrowing for younger classes, while older children have their books checked out for two weeks at a time. If a child is taking longer than this to complete a book, it might be timely to review the I PICK strategy….is this a good fit book for me?
Verna Comley - Librarian
Phone: 6288 7688
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
‘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 on how to volunteer, cake stall information, and mufti day donations.
The Trash and Treasure shed can no longer accept donations. They are literally packed to the rafters. Thanks everyone for the excellent donations.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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 a 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 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!
Charlotte Dalton - Community Council Chair
~ Awards Week 4, Term 1 ~
KH—Archie N and Aurora R
2H—Ellie W and Blaise LF
3LS—Sophie B and Sedra A
3M—Lara O and Nixon B
3S—Audrey P and Abi Rose T
4R—Noah S and Finn M
5B—Summer D and India Z
5L—Elliot M and Mitchell R
6S—Georgia W and Addison P
Trash and Treasure Shed
The Trash and Treasure shed can no longer accept donations. We are literally packed to the rafters. Thank you to everyone for the excellent donations. The three people who were asked to store their larger items (furniture) until Friday 13 March, you are welcome to drop them to the hall, as arranged on the Friday before the fete.
School Tours: 10 March, 5 May, 13 May, 25 May, 6 August and 15 October
School Tours are available by appointment. Please phone the College if you wish to register for a tour.
Open Evening: Thursday 30 April
Our Open Evening is an opportunity for prospective families to look at our facilities and talk to staff and students. The evening will run from 4.30pm to 7.30pm with an information session to be held in the College Hall at 6.00pm.
Year 7 Scholarships
To find out what we have to offer in the way of scholarships for Year 7 students please go to https://stcc.act.edu.au/our-college/our-education/scholarships-for-2021/