- Lent Week 2
- Principal's Message
- School News
- RE News
- ELC News
- Sports News
- Music News
- Mulleyduds Uniform Shop
- Community Council
- Fete Mates
- Fete Cake Stall
- Student of the Week
- Reading Corner
- School Assembly
- School Banking
- St Jude’s Community Council — Thank you to our Sponsors
- Catholic Care Speech Pathology
- Inclusive Cricket Bash
I hear your invitation, "Come back to me" and I am filled with such a longing to return to you. Show me the way to return. Lead me this day in good works I do in your name and send your Spirit to guide me and strengthen my faith. I ask only to feel your love in my life today.
Dear Parents and Carers
Fete this Saturday
I love our school fetes! It is not only me who thinks this, it is our students as well. In my thirteen years at St Jude’s, the weather on fete day has been a real mixed bag. Some days have been bathed in brilliant sunshine and warmth, others have been a bit on the cool side and one has been very wet and cold. To be perfectly honest, the weather has not significantly impacted on fete takings over the years. Our wet and cold fete a few years ago made the Community Council a tidy profit, which was a little surprising to a few of us. Having said that, I do hope we have pleasant weather on Saturday. The organisers have put in a massive amount of time planning and implementing strategies for a successful fete. The bidding war to see which teacher will ‘kiss the goat’ is causing much excitement! Thank you to Rebecca Hunter, Nicole Robertson and Charlotte Dalton for their efforts as our fete committee this year. They have done a brilliant job.
Enrolment time for 2021 is fast approaching (May) so if you know of anyone who is considering St Jude’s for their child for next year (in any grade from P-6 but especially Kindergarten and Preschool) then encourage them to come along to our open day in May (date to be confirmed) at the preschool and the primary school. Tours of the school will be hosted by our Year 6 students, and staff and parents will be present for visitors to talk to. Currently the online enrolment application link has been removed from our website for upgrading, but it will be restored shortly.
SPECIAL REPORT: Coronavirus - a guide for parents
This pandemic is a cause for great concern to parents, but it is also very worrying to young people. Many are wondering how best to discuss this pandemic in a way that will be reassuring to kids without making them feel more worried than what they may be already. Parents should not avoid such a discussion with their kids. Not talking about something can often make them worry more. Although most children will have already heard about the coronavirus, it is important for parents and care-givers to take this opportunity to convey the facts about it and set the emotional tone. This may help children feel more informed and reassured. Involving them and encouraging self-efficacy can also give them a sense of control and purpose. In this Special Report, parents and caregivers will be provided with some guidelines on how best to approach this topic whilst still ensuring the wellbeing of their child.
Here is the link to your special report: https://stjudesps.act.schooltv.me/wellbeing_news/special-report-coronavirus
Just a Reminder - Adults Approaching Students on the Playground
Under no circumstances should adults approach students on the playground. While children are at school and in our care, it is necessary that adults register their presence on site through the front office. If children are not getting along, please contact your child’s teacher. Parents seeking out children on the playground to discuss relationships always ends in tears!
Every now and again I like to explain the use of the Building Levy funds at St Jude’s. The school does not retain the Building Levy amount included in your school fees. It is forwarded on to the Catholic Education Office and placed in a pool containing all systemic schools building levy funds. This fund pays for the maintenance of all systemic Catholic schools in Canberra. Over the last few years more than $300,000 has been spent at St Jude’s on maintenance from these pooled funds. Building Levy money is unrelated to any funds used by Catholic Education to pay for the new two classroom building. This new building’s cost has been funded by Catholic Education and not St Jude’s. St Jude’s did pay for the joinery, student desks and chairs in each of these two rooms.
Children and Anxiety
‘Self-doubt and lack of confidence hold more kids back than any other factor. You can send kids to the best school available but they won’t be happy and achieve unless they feel confident in their abilities.
Real confidence-building is the most important skill you can develop as a parent. Children with healthy self-esteem and self-confidence learn more, achieve more, have more friends and are generally happier than those with low levels of confidence.
But building a child’s confidence is complex. It is not just a matter of becoming a praise robot heaping positive comments on kids at the first sign of them doing something well. For some children praise is meaningless.
CONFIDENT kids take learning risks; they can separate themselves from failure or lack of success; and they aren’t dependent on the approval of their parents. I guess this last reason is why so many youngest kids are risk-takers as they are not as concerned as eldest kids about the approval of their parents.
But knowing this stuff is one thing. Getting inside kids’ heads and shifting their thinking is another thing entirely.
Self-esteem and confidence-building is more than developing children’s capabilities as very competent children can be filled with self-doubts. You have to do more than teach them to be optimistic as a Pollyannish feel-good view of the world won’t mean a child will take risks when they meet real challenges.
You need to tackle children’s lack of confidence on a number of different fronts – that is, what they think, how they feel and what they do.’ Michael Grose (psychologist).
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.
Commitment Mass for Reconciliation and Eucharist
This weekend at any of our parish Masses, the candidates for Reconciliation and Eucharist will be making their commitment to the parish community of their intention to make their sacrament/s. As a school and parish, we are looking forward to welcoming them more into the church and giving them the opportunity to develop their faith.
Formation Evening for Reconciliation and Eucharist
A reminder that the first of the Formation Evenings run by Fr Michael is next Thursday 19 March. It will be at SJV Church beginning at 6.30pm.
Parish Youth Mass
This coming Sunday at 5pm, we have our first parish Youth Mass for the year. A number of our Year 6 students are involved in the Mass. All are welcome to attend.
Journey with Jesus
On Monday, all Year 6 students will be participating in a Journey with Jesus Retreat. This day is an opportunity for the students to share their faith and experience different ways to develop their relationships with Jesus and those who are close to them. The day is being led by Theresa Corson and other youth ministers from the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn.
International Women’s Day
In honour of International Women’s Day (March 8) here are some stories of incredible Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women via https://www.commongrace.org.au/ from their ‘Because of Her, We Can!’ NAIDOC series: Because of her, we can! - Celebrating Aboriginal Christian women for NAIDOC Week 2018
Walk for Water Day
Each year at St Jude’s we have a whole school focus for Lent. This year we are going to have a Walk for Water Day on Friday 27 March. This is going to coincide with World Water Day on Sunday 22 March.
On Friday 27 March, the students and staff will go on a Walk for Water. Over the next few weeks please start collecting 2 and 3L milk bottles and fill them with unused water from water bottles, the bath, sink, rainwater - the list is endless! You can also bring milk bottles to school and we can fill them here. We will then take these water bottles with us on our walk. After our walk, the water will be used on our plants, trees and grass here at St Jude’s and the ELC.
The goal of this experience is to build solidarity, a principle of Catholic Social Teaching. Over 50% of the children currently in hospitals around the world are there simply because they don’t have access to clean water. They don’t have taps in their houses, or even in their villages – some have to walk up to 7km each day just to find clean water.
Could you please keep Blaise LF (2H), his family and his carer Viviane in your prayers. Viviane's father is unwell.
Dates to remember:
- Weekend of the 14/15 March: Commitment Masses.
- Sunday 15 March: Parish Youth Mass, 5pm, St Jude’s.
- Monday 16 March: Journey with Jesus Retreat.
- Thursday 19 March: Sacramental Formation Evening, 6.30-7.30pm, SJV Church.
- Wednesday 25 March: Feast of the Annunciation Mass, 10am, SJV Church.
- Friday 27 March: Walk for Water Day
Parish Mass Times:
- Saturday, 5pm, St Jude’s.
- Sunday, 9am SJV, and 5pm St Jude’s.
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
Congratulations to Evie and her family on the arrival of a little sister.
This week the ELC children have been enjoying the warm weather. The Turtle, Stingray and Lobster children have experienced their first adventure to a local park. Our local parks play an important role in our preschool programs throughout the year. Each park session provides the children with a different experience. Some children gravitate to the equipment, others engage in social interactions, some explore or invent, and others relax. Nature play can benefit the whole family. If you are interested in embedding it into your family and making memories outside, Canberra Nature Play website is a good place to start https://www.natureplaycbr.org.au/
Thanks to 2019 ELC fundraising events, the Preschool purchased large wooden blocks, which arrived this week. We look forward to seeing you at the St Jude’s Fete on Saturday!
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.
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.
Thank you to everyone who are on a roster, or baking or preparing plants.
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 0-5 every second Wednesday from 9:30am to 11am. The last playgroup session for this term is on 1 April and the theme is Easter.
Gabrielle Adams - St Jude's ELC
Phone: 6287 5520
2019 Excellence in Sport Awards
A huge congratulations to Ellie C (5L) who was awarded the ACT sportsmanship award for 2019 last night. Ellie is a fearsome competitor, always demonstrating fabulous sportsmanship in every event she attends. She is an amazing ambassador for St Jude’s and is a worthy recipient of the award.
Amelia N (Year 6 2019) was announced co-winner of the 12&U Achievement Category and Ella N (Year 6 2019) was shortlisted for the 12&U Achievement Category.
A big congratulations to Campbell L (6S) who has recently been selected for the ACT touch representative team for NSW. Campbell is the only student from the ACT selected in the team. He will have large commutes to training sessions but what a fabulous opportunity.
Congratulations to our fantastic Junior and Senior Rugby Teams who represented St Jude’s in the Matt Giteau Cup today. Students have been preparing for the day with Mr Galvin and Billy Carberry from the ACT Brumbies. A huge thank you to Tanya Weir, Mal Weir, Bryce Lloyd, Mr Galvin and parents/carers who assisted with transport and supporting our students in this wonderful opportunity.
Students who showed an interest in the futsal competition (to be held on Monday 23 March at Lyneham Netball Centre) had their second training session today. Mrs Gibson and Mrs Thomas are really looking forward to seeing our teams enjoy futsal, which is new to St Jude’s. If your child made the team, could you please ensure your note is returned ASAP. If any futsal players need a lift to and from the venue, could you please let either Mrs Gibson or Mrs Thomas know.
Registrations and Grading
The winter competition registrations and grading sessions 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.
Our Year 1 students started their first of five chair yoga sessions this week. Thank you to Kristy Goodwin, our yoga instructor.
Netball and Cricket Clinics
Year 2 will conclude their four week netball clinics next week, with our Netball ACT instructors. Our Year 4 and Year 5 students will continue with their cricket clinics into next week with Cricket ACT. Students have been learning some finer parts of netball/cricket but also some valuable catching and throwing skills.
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.
Leanne Thomas - Specialist Music Teacher
Quite a few children (K to Year 3 = 15 on our list) have not yet returned the Library bag that was loaned to them from the Library in the last few weeks. If you have one at home, please send it in. Thank you also to the families who have donated preloved bags or given us ones they have made. I appreciate you thinking of us!
We have had a few instances in the last two weeks whereby books have come back damaged through accidents or poor handling. If something should happen when the book is in your care, please return it to the Library as I may be able to salvage it, or come and talk about it. Thank you to the families who do this – I appreciate your concern.
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
We are experiencing a delay in the delivery of the St Jude's jumpers. As a result of this delay, students are able to wear either the maroon or green school jumper on any day. If you have been waiting for your school jumper order to be filled, but have had to purchase your jumper from Savvy, a refund can be arranged for you. Your patience and understanding during this time, is very much appreciated.
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: 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.
Susana Lloyd, Skye Maguire and Alison Egan - Mulleyduds Uniform Shop
‘Spirit’ Fete 2020
It’s Fete week! Only 2 sleeps to go! There is a buzz of activity around the school as preparations are made for a fantastic day. Today is the last day to order your Fete Mates for $6 each, or $5 when purchasing 4 or more. You can still buy your all-day carnival ride wristbands for $25 up until tomorrow evening through Qkr! They will be available on the day for $30 or you can purchase individual ride tickets for $6. Parents may need to ride with some small children but do not require wristbands or tickets. The carnival rides are new this year so don’t miss out on the fun!
Donations of plants and cakes can be dropped off at the school tomorrow. Plants can be dropped by the school hall and cakes should be delivered to the meeting room near the front office. Keep an eye out for signs if you are lost. Brendan Pippen has asked some people to bring their large Trash and Treasure donations to the hall tomorrow. Trash and Treasure is at capacity, so please do not bring along any donations you have not already discussed with Brendan.
It is not too late to volunteer! If you have not already put your name down for a shift, you can do so by using 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 and to see what a wonderful event our community can pull together. Volunteering your time enables us to make our fete a hugely successful event year after year, and it is very much appreciated.
Who Will Kiss the Goat?
It’s the age old question: will it be the ever popular Mrs Henry? Or perhaps the newcomer, Mr Stephens? Or maybe it will be the once-in-his-lifetime entrant, Mr Galvin, who is nominated for the first time in 12 years? Only YOU can tell, by making sure you don’t forget to vote! Vote with your gold coin donation on Friday, or at the fete before 12pm. Don’t forget to see who wins at midday on Saturday at the fete! Someone will be puckering up!
What if it Rains on Fete Day?
The fete will still go ahead. We won’t let a bit of rain get in our way! There are some light showers forecast for Saturday but the great news is that if necessary, stalls will be moved inside the school, and all mechanical rides will still operate. At this stage we do not expect the rain to be heavy enough to necessitate this, but we do have a plan just in case. In the event of rain the Giant Slide may be closed but will reopen as soon as the rain stops. Safety and fun are at the forefront of our minds and whatever the weather, we can promise you both.
Charlotte Dalton - Community Council Chair
~ Awards Week 5, Term 1 ~
1H—Greta H and Sanvi S
1T—Evie R and Isaac S
2D—Kate H and Eliza H
2H—Lucy N and Curtis H
3LS—Noah M and Mieke D
3M—Emily C and Amalia S
3S—James F and Owen B
4L—Laura T and Aurora K
4R—William M and Seleen AB
5L—Laura C and Bailey M
6S—Jasmine H and Javier J
6GC—Ann Maria M