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‘Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your mind in Christ Jesus.’ Phil 4:6-7
Dear Parents and Carers
Camp Years 5 and 6 Last Week
This year's camp at Cooba (near Berridale) was a great success. The children were fantastic and really joined in the spirit of ‘having a go’ with activities that were challenging. While we are never as comfortable at camp as we are at home, it was a pleasure to be with our staff and the children. The camp was a great success in any way you want to measure it. Bring on Berry next year! Thank you so much to Mrs Chant, Mrs Stincic, Mrs Hart, Mrs Laudenbach, Ms Western and Mr Fulton for agreeing to attend. It is very generous of them and I do appreciate it.
This teaching staff has proved to be very generous over recent years in supporting student teachers gain practical classroom experience. Next week we will host five second year Early Childhood and Primary student teachers as they observe a literacy and Mathematics lesson ‘in action’ to support their development in literacy and numeracy studies at Australian Catholic University.
Change to Public Transport for Schools
The ACT Government is introducing a new integrated public transport network for Canberra for the beginning of Term 2, 2019. This network will include bus and light rail services operating together to give Canberrans more options to use public transport. As part of this change, the way students will get to school by public transport will change from Term 2, 2019. Some students will use different routes, make connections between services or use light rail for the first time. Every student who will use public transport needs to be aware of the changes.
What do you need to know:
- Bus services will change for the beginning of Term 2.
- The change to services will include dedicated school services for the commencement of Term 2 on 29 April 2019.
- The new timetable information will be available on line from early March, including an improved online journey planner.
- Information about services for each school is available online at transport.act.gov.au/gettingaround/new-network/schools.
Lent Week 1
Lent commenced yesterday. All students from K-6 attended Mass to receive ashes. Father Michael visited the preschool to give them their ashes. It is amazing how this minor symbol can make us feel self conscious! The cross of ashes can be easily wiped off but what exactly does it mean for us Catholics? It certainly identifies us as a particular group of people; a group of people who profess to follow the Lord and to do three things over the Lent period, which leads to Easter in six weeks time: 1) to pray 2) to fast / go without / to practice giving something up to be a better person / self-denial 3) to help the poor.
St Jude's 'Spirit' Fete
Only one week to go! See inside for details about how you can help on the day. Both children and adults enjoy the day enormously so I encourage you to get involved and to invite relatives and friends to come along. Money raised from the fete goes back into improvements for the students. Last year the Community Council (who run the fete and retain all proceeds from the fete) paid for the new playgroud and display cables in the classrooms, to name but a few things.
Teacher Formation: Eucharist and Penance
Fr Michael will be working with our Years 3 and 4 teachers this Friday to increase their knowledge and understanding of the theology behind these two sacraments. Our Year 3 students are preparing for the sacrament of Penance (First Confession) and our Year 4 students are preparing for the sacrament of First Eucharist (First Holy Communion). I thank Fr Michael for making the time to do this teaching.
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The school will be using the SZApp as an additional way of communicating with parents. Information on downloading the app is available on the school website homepage under the ‘For Parents’ tab. The newsletter will only be available via this new app from 21 March.
Readers and Greeters
Are needed for the three Sunday Parish Masses. If you would like to be involved in these ministries, please contact the Parish Office during business hours on 6288 1979. It will be necessary for all new Readers to attend an information evening and practice.
Copies of School Reports for High School Enrolments
For the forthcoming enrolment period in May, please check your records at home for the lastest school reports which will need to be attached to your enrolment form.
Happy Birthday Fergus D
As we approach Easter, the children have been learning about some of the symbols that relate to Easter. This week, each class has created their own Easter garden. As a symbol of new life, the children have all planted grass seeds in their Easter garden which they are busy observing and looking after. On Shrove Tuesday, we all made pancakes from scratch. For Ash Wednesday, which marks the start of Lent, Father Michael brought over ashes from Ash Wednesday Mass and the children received the symbol of a cross on their foreheads.
Thank you to the Turtles and Lobsters families who participated in our Mufti Day today and donated items for the ELC fete stall. If you were unable to bring in coloured hairspray on the day, you can still drop it off any time over the next week. The Stingrays will have their Mufti Day next Tuesday 12 March. Stingray children are invited to wear plain clothes to preschool and to donate coloured hairspray and a gold coin.
St Jude’s 'Spirit' Fete
The St Jude’s Fete is on Saturday 16 March. It is always a wonderful community event and a great place to meet other parents. This year, the ELC will be running two stalls - a hair spray stall and a ball toss stall. If you have not yet added your name to the ELC fete roster, we still have many empty spaces in the afternoon which we encourage you to fill. The fete roster is located in the ELC foyer.
Fete Mates are an easy, fun and cost effective way to organise lunch and snacks for the whole family. Order forms are in your notes pockets and on the school website.
Due to its popularity last year, the ELC will be selling the Entertainment Book again this year. At the fete you can order the book or the app and be able to take advantage of early bird offers. Follow the link to order books online
Visiting the ELC
We love when family and friends are able to spend time in the ELC classrooms. Remember, if you are a regular attendee, you are required to have a Working With Vulnerable People card (available from Access Canberra) and need to sign in on the visitor register. The visitors register is located at the front desk.
Like the primary school, the ELC will be using the SZApp as an additional way of communicating with parents. Information on downloading the app is available on the school website under the ‘For Parents’ tab. Remember to also check the notes pockets outside the classrooms for hard copy notes.
SJV Play Group
St John Vianney’s is hosting a play group for children aged 0 to 5. Play group will be held every Wednesday from 9:30am to 11am, however the educational programs run by a Learning Support Team will only be available on alternate weeks (even weeks for Term 1). More information is available from the ELC or St John Vianney’s School.
Karen Leighton - St Jude's Early Learning Center
The Season of Lent
You will be reading this newsletter after Ash Wednesday. This is the day when the church transitions from the season of the Epiphany (making sense of the manifestation of the Light in Christmas) and turns intentionally towards Easter. Called Lent, this period is a time to get ready, to examine heart and mind, to address one’s own spirit and wonder, where might deeper peace come from? What of my living could benefit from some ‘pruning’? What could I fast from? What should I take up?
Traditionally, there are three ways we can participate in this season of preparation and conversion: through prayer, fasting and giving alms. One way we can do this is by going without some activity or thing (fasting), and giving the money we save (alms giving) to Project Compassion. In Fr Tony’s homily at our whole school Mass yesterday, he tied this very well together, asking the children to remember the three p’s: Penance, Prayer and Project Compassion.
During Mass, Fr Michael gave each class a packet of lollies for our sacred spaces for the duration of Lent. Students can add lollies to this space through Lent and we will donate all lollies to the less fortunate in our community after Easter.
Adult Formation for Reconciliation (Penance) and Eucharist (First Holy Communion
Thank you to the parents who attended the Adult Formation session on Tuesday evening. We handed our prayer cards and pledges to be read and signed by the students and parents. Please remember to bring these pledges along with the prayer cards to Mass on the weekend of 16 or 17 March. Thank you to the parents who are able to assist with cutting the felt for the stoles, it is greatly appreciated by Sharee and myself.
Registrations for Reconciliation (Penance) and Eucharist (First Holy Communion
Registrations are now open on the school Qkr! App. Please note that the sacrament is being made only on Saturday 6 April at St Jude’s (5pm) and on Sunday 7 April at St John Vianney’s (9am). There is no school First Holy Communion on the Sunday 5pm Mass as stated on the app. Please do not choose this option as it is an error that we cannot delete!
Dates to remember
Wednesday 13 March – Rice Day
Saturday and Sunday 16/17 March – Commitment Mass for sacraments at any weekend Mass in our parish
Tuesday 19 March – Family Formation for Reconciliation (Penance) and Eucharist (First Holy Communion) SJV hall
6-7pm: Reconciliation (Penance)
7.15-8.15pm: Eucharist (First Holy Communion)
One parent to attend with the sacramental candidate.
Eucharist (First Holy Communion) please bring your stole.
Wednesday 27 March – Sacrament of Reconciliation (Penance) 5pm SJV Church
Friday 29 March – Eucharist (First Holy Communion) Retreat Day at the school where the sacrament is being made
Saturday 6 April St Jude’s Church 5pm – Sacrament of Eucharist (First Holy Communion)
Sunday 7 April St John Vianney’s Church 9am – Sacrament of Eucharist (First Holy Communion)
The Matt Giteau Cup will be held in Queanbeyan on Friday 22 March. Notes were due back today. We are still looking for a coach for our Year 3/4 team. Please contact Mrs Nicole Gibson if you would be willing to help.
We have registered two Year 3/4 teams and two Year 5/6 teams in the Catholic Schools Soccer Carnival on Sunday 7 April, at Calwell District Playing Fields. We are looking for two coaches for our Year 3/4, if you are willing to help out please contact Mrs Leanne Thomas.
Students interested in trialing for the ACT Athletics Team please see Mrs Thomas and follow the below information to be considered.
12 year olds and Under
Track and Field
Date(s) of Trial
(Must attend at least one)
Trial 1: 20 March
Trial 2: 26 March
Woden Park Athletics Track, Phillip ACT
4:00pm – 6:30pm
Requirements: Students must meet selection criteria requirements, including minimum standard times. The selection criteria process can be found on the "Track & Field" page of our website. https://schoolsportsact.blob.core.windows.net/schoolsportsact-container-eas/SportAttachment-258.pdf
ACT Event Details
(if trial is for a regional team)
Cost of the Event/ Trial Registration
Online registration fee - $10.00
- Students must be 10-12 years old by the 31st of December 2019.
- Meet qualification standards found on Track and Field page of SSACT website “2019 SSACT 12&U Track and Field State Team Selection Trials Information”
This a trial for the ACT Team competing in Darwin; 18/02/2019 – 23/09/2019
Friday 22 March – Matt Giteau Cup for Year 3/4 & 5/6 students. Notes due 7 March
Wednesday 3 April – St Jude’s Athletics Carnival trials
Thursday 4 April – South/Western Region Swimming
Friday 5 April – St Jude’s Athletics Carnival
Sunday 7 April – Catholic Schools Soccer Carnival for Year 3/4 & 5/6 students
Wednesday 1 May – St Jude’s Cross Country
What’s happening in the Library?
ELC are enjoying storytime and choosing their own “just right” books to take home and share.
Kinders are currently exploring number stories eg Goldilocks and 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 working in teams to showcase a genre to the rest of the school at the end of the term.
Mulleyduds will be open:
Friday 8 March, 3.00pm to 3.30pm
You can order your child’s summer uniform via Qkr! or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please contact the front office if you are waiting on a uniform order.
Thank you to all the volunteers who are helping in the uniform shop. Your time is very much appreciated.
Project Compassion Day – Rice Day
Next Wednesday 13 March, the canteen will be closed for Project Compassion Day. We will be busy cooking rice for the whole school! If you are free for a couple of hours in the morning or could lend the canteen a rice cooker, it would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you to the people who have come in to help in the canteen. I’ve already met some new parents ready, willing and able to spare some time to help! Your time is greatly appreciated. Parents who can’t volunteer their time could always assist in other ways. Mulleygrubs Masterchef needs more people to fill the year with special treats.
Our Masterchef this week is the 'The Mellow Muir Family' and they are making 'Chocolate brownies'. The ingredients are: cocoa, butter, plain flour, sugar, eggs, dark chocolate and vanilla extract. We will be selling them for 50 cents.
Qkr! Ordering for lunch orders and meal deals
Please ensure online lunch orders are for the correct day and that you get a receipt number. Please don’t hesitate to pop into the canteen if you need a run through on how to order.
It’s now on QKR!!!
$1.00 Lolly limit per day
Wednesday 13 March RICE DAY
HELP NEEDED x 2
Thursday 14 March
HELP NEEDED x 2
Friday 15 March
HELP NEEDED x 4
9 Days to go……
This year’s Fete is set to be better than ever with plenty of old favourites (Cake Stall, BBQ, Plant Stall, Woodface, Chip on a Stick) plus some exciting new additions that the children will love!
Thank you to everyone who has contacted us and volunteered their time, and generously donated goods for the Fete. We would like to thank our major sponsor Dennis from National Mailing and Marketing for his generosity once again with the printing of banners, street signs, stall signs, flyers, Fete Mates and more. His support has been overwhelming and greatly appreciated.
Today’s Mufti Day was a huge success. The generosity of St Jude’s families truly reflects the community ‘Spirit’ of our Fete. If you forgot your class items today do not despair, you can still drop them in the boxes outside of the staffroom.
Voting commenced today for ‘Kiss the Goat’ and the kids looked like they had a lot of fun voting for their favourite teacher. Voting will continue tomorrow morning as well as next Thursday and Friday morning under the shelter shed. It costs $1 to cast a vote and the children can vote as many times as they like. Who will the lucky kisser be…..?
Don’t forget Tombola. Donations of small toys are still required. Please package them in ziplock bags and drop them in at the front office or send them with your children to school.
Also, if you can bake, please help out the Cake Stall. Notes came home about the Cake Stall this week and any and every baked item is welcome – cakes, cupcakes, slices, biscuits/cookies, toffees, muffins and more. Please remember to list your ingredients on a sticker attached to the goodies. If every family brought in at least one item to sell, imagine how the proceeds could benefit our school. Donations can be dropped off at the school on Friday afternoon or by 8am on Saturday morning.
We urgently require a volunteer to take on the role of coordinator for the Gelato Stall. This stall is minimum fuss and a great way of supporting the Fete and getting to know new parents. We also still require volunteers to collect tables from St John Vianney the Friday before the Fete.
Don’t forget to purchase your early bird All Day Ride Passes on Qkr! A pass provides unlimited access to Obstacool, Laser Tag, pony rides, hockey and Side Show Alley (coloured hairspray, face painting, glitter tattoos, ball toss).
All Day Ride Pass - Early Bird Rate: $20
All Day Ride Pass - Fete Day Rate: $25
Fete Mates are also available to purchase via Qkr! and make catering for the children on Fete day a breeze. If you haven’t already done so, please consider purchasing yours today.
And finally volunteers. We are still short on volunteers for stalls, particularly the BBQ, Ticket Sales, Chocolate Stall, Dutch Pancakes, Cafe, Gelato Stall, Trash and Treasure, Petting Zoo, Obstacool wrist band checks and Tombola. If you haven’t done so already, please volunteer. An hour of your time can make a huge difference to the success of a stall and the Fete. You can volunteer by clicking on the following link www.volunteersignup.org/PPCF3
Stall coordinators – if you have sourced volunteers directly can you please make sure their names are added to the online list. Everyone on this list who completes their shift on the day goes in the running to win some great prizes. We would hate for anyone to miss out.
Next week we will be sending out a map of where stalls will be located, together with our entertainment schedule for the day.
See you at the Fete Mate!!!
Sylvia Gallagher, Bec Hunter, Jo Chidgey
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