God of infinite love, I thank you for this reminder of your love
and your call that we be more patient, gentle and compassionate with others.
Here in the middle of Lent, I turn to you to beg for your help.
Please soften my heart. Help me to let go of judging others.
I ask you this, in Jesus' name.
Dear Parents and Carers
Fete Last Saturday
Talk about multiple obstacles having to be overcome!!! In my thirteen years of attending fetes at St Jude’s, I can honestly say that this years was the most successful. The total profit was less than some years (see total in Community Council section inside) but the organisers had to cope with a pandemic, a most unkind weather forecast, heightened emotions and anxiety of volunteers and the general community. And yet, all worked out wonderfully well. I applaud the Fete Committee of Rebecca Hunter, Nicole Robertson and Charlotte Dalton for their organisation but just as importantly, for their cool heads in a most difficult situation. Well done to you all. Also my sincere thanks to all who were able to volunteer in any way. It was another magnificent effort. Thank you one and all. Let’s hope next year’s fete is not as dramatic!
Keeping Children Home from School
Some parents are keeping students home because of family circumstances in relation to COVID-19 issues. Parents are asking for class work to be sent home for their children. In general terms, if children are being kept home, I do not expect teachers to develop individual learning programs for these students, or mark their work. However, if we know students will be away in a day or two (or parents are happy to come in to pick up books) then I think it reasonable for them to take their Stepping Stones work book, reading books (library books) and any worksheets teachers may already have printed off for the following week, project work, etc. THIS IS ENTIRELY DIFFERENT TO THE PLANS WE ARE PUTTING IN PLACE FOR IF AND WHEN SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED: A LEARNING GRID IS BEING DEVELOPED WHICH WILL PROVIDE LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL GRADES WHEN AT HOME.
Some Keys Measures in Place at School due to COVID-19
- Multiple daily hand washing
- Social distancing encouraged and enforced as much as is feasible
- Whole school morning assemblies cancelled
- No Friday afternoon whole school assembly
- Masses cancelled in school time
- All buddy sessions put on hold
- One class in a classroom at any one time
- Choir sessions postponed
- All internal and external door handles wiped down daily
Are events going to be cancelled at school?
- The Australian Government has announced that all organised, non-essential mass gatherings attended by more than 500 people must be cancelled from Monday, 16 March 2020.
- There is a new limit of 100 people for internal gatherings.
- This announcement does not recommend school closures however, it does apply to a range of school events and events organised by school communities.
- From Monday 16 March, the following events will be cancelled in Systemic Catholic schools:
- Upcoming school or regional/ACT swimming, athletics and other sporting events, large band or other music concerts where there would be large gatherings of students
- School assemblies
- Parent/teacher nights
- School open days/nights
Are school excursions still going ahead?
- Local and interstate school excursions, including camps have been cancelled - effective from Monday, 16 March.
Landscaping for our new Classrooms — theory behind the landscaping
This style of landscaping is known as a naturescape. Naturescapes are landscape habitats created with biomimicry to imitate natural landscapes. They are made up of subsurface water catchment arteries or trenches that link like a circularity system in a living organism. Above the ground natural materials, such as rocks, sand, gravel, boulders and logs are placed to recreate a natural dry creek bed setting. Trees are placed to create an eventual connected canopy to shield the earth surface form direct sun during the summer. The trees become a micro forest and enable a sub-storey of plant to grow once the canopy has established. Naturescapes are designed to capture rain, surface water runoff and collected water form roofs and hard urban landscapes and direct the water into the ground. This process, called waterharvesting was pioneered in Australia by Paul Totterdell some 25 years ago. Paul continues to design and implement waterharvesting systems in naturescapes. These underground trenches are designed to hold and distribute water around the newly created naturescape. The effect of the surface profiling and the trenching systems is to raise the moisture content of the soil. Paul remains in contact with me as he is very proud of what he and his team has created here at St Jude’s.
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), encourage them to submit an enrolment application by the end of May 2020.
We are currently rethinking options for school tours in small groups. More information about this will follow shortly.
Online enrolment applications are now open for K-6 - https://stjudesps.act.edu.au/enrolment and for Preschool - https://elc-enrolments.stjudesps.act.edu.au/elc-enrol/start
We congratulate the following children who will be representing the SRC for the next ten weeks: Riley W, Saxon R-H, Charlotte R, Annabelle F, Chelsea J, Haya M, Abigail H, Abigail F, Grace O'H, Jack V and Olivia W.
Thank you for your commitment to helping our school.
Community Consultation – the Provision of Catholic Education for Molonglo and Weston Creek
Parent Meeting Wednesday 11 March 2020
Firstly on behalf of the Working Group I would like to thank those that were able to come along to the community meeting held last Wednesday night. The meeting was well attended with over 180 people from both school communities and the Parish and from the conversation on the night there is definitely passion for the provision of Catholic Education in your communities and the Molonglo and Weston Creek corridor. I hope this meeting together with the surveys has provided enough opportunities to provide input. I committed to providing this communique to you and the following outlines the next steps currently being undertaking for consideration of the long term schooling provision.
Urbis is currently collating the feedback from the evening in addition to the staff engagement sessions and surveys. This will inform the Engagement Report currently being prepared by Urbis. There have been 210 responses to the survey and the percentage of responses from each school reflect the student populations at each school. Parents from each school are proud of what their schools provide and wanted that to be known. It is important to note that the volume of surveys is not critical. The process was designed to understand all issues, challenges and ideas.
The next steps will include the completion of the draft Engagement Report that will be completed by the end of this month. This will then be shared with the school and parish communities for feedback. Please note the purpose of the report is to bring together the key engagement findings to support the Catholic Education Commission discernment. The final report is due to go to the Catholic Education Commission Executive by the end of April so that if there are changes to Priority Enrolments Areas or school contexts, decisions can be made prior to the 2021 enrolment period. It is also possible that there are recommendations made to address immediate, medium term and long term needs. The Working Group acknowledges the interest of the communities in continued engagement as the work progresses through the decision making process.
We are committed to supporting your school communities as we plan for the future of Catholic Education.
CEO Working Party
Angus Tulley Deputy Director, Catholic Education Office
Dominic Braybon Performance Improvement Leader, Catholic Education Office
Julie Saunders, Urbis Consulting
Michael Avery Educational Consultant, former Director of Catholic Education, Northern Territory
Postponement of Sacramental Program
Due to the recommendations and restrictions by the Government and Catholic Education on preventive measures of the spread of Covid 19 virus in our schools and worshipping community, Father Michael has called for the immediate suspension of the Sacramental program, especially the formation sessions. At this stage, I am not aware when the program will recommence. Please be assured that I will let you know as soon as possible.
Cancellation of Whole School Mass for the Annunciation
Due to the above measures, the parish Mass that was planned for next Wednesday is also cancelled.
What a wonderful Mass we had last Sunday! Thank you to everyone who attended and to our youth minister Theresa for assisting in the organisation and planning of the Mass.
Journey with Jesus Retreat
On Monday, the Year 6 students participated in a Journey with Jesus Retreat which was run by Theresa and other youth ministers from the archdiocese. The students were given opportunities to connect with each other, learn about the message of proclamation and respond to what they heard. From here, Year 6 students have been invited to be a part of the Junior Youth Ministry team here at St Jude’s assisting Theresa in evangelisation to the younger students in our school. We were blessed to have Luke Maher and Huw Warmenhoven from Catholic Education assisting Theresa with the planning and running of the day.
Susan Chant - St Jude's Primary School
Phone: 6288 7688
Happy Birthday Finn A and Elise M
On Tuesday, the ELC was as green as an Irish field, with children and staff wearing green as part of our St Patrick’s Day celebration. A special thank you to Eila in the Stingray class and her mother Debbie who worked with the ELC team to create a day filled with authentic festive activities. Outside the children went on a shamrock search. Inside there was Irish music playing, children painting shamrocks while others created hats and badges. The ELC children shared some Irish cheer with the primary school as they paraded their creations for all to enjoy. If your family has an occasion or special day that you celebrate, we would love to incorporate it into our preschool programs. Next week we will have photos to share of our Harmony Day celebrations.
Thank you to all of the ELC families who were involved in making the St Jude’s fete such a wonderful community day.
ELC Holiday Program
We are taking bookings for our ELC Holiday Program for current ELC children. Booking forms are available at the ELC office.
Changes and Adaptions
Thank you for the positive feedback we have received in relation to the measures the ELC has put into place this week to aid social distancing. The side gate will remain the main entry and exit point to the ELC and the iPads for signing in/out will remain in the sunrooms until further notice.
We will not be doing our fruit shop, buddies or afternoon community music until further notice.
Seahorse Programs - BSC / ASC
After you have signed your child in/out please ensure a staff member is aware your child has arrived or is leaving. This is as simple as saying hello.
Thank you for doing your part in helping to keep others in our community healthy by ensuring that your child does not attend preschool if they are unwell.
Gabrielle Adams - St Jude's ELC
Phone: 6287 5520
Congratulations to our fantastic Junior and Senior Rugby Teams who represented St Jude’s in the Matt Giteau Cup last week. Students prepared 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 for supporting our students in this wonderful opportunity.
Unfortunately, the carnival has been postponed to a later date. Adam from Futsal ACT is very keen to still have the competition and will come in for more training sessions closer to the new date.
Kristy Goodwin, our yoga instructor came in to school today to run some sessions with Year 1 and Year 4. It was lovely to see the students connecting with nature and building their mindfulness.
Netball and Cricket Clinics
Unfortunately, both Netball Australia and Cricket Australia have asked for all programs to cease for the foreseeable future. Both clinic representatives are very keen to finish their programs when their governing bodies allow them to.
Leanne Thomas - Sports Coordinator
Fete - Choir
A huge congratulations to our Junior and Senior students who performed on Saturday. The students sang beautifully. Fantastic effort to our JC and SC.
Catholic Schools Big Sing
Unfortunately, our Catholic Schools Big Sing has been cancelled. We have scheduled to be at the term 3 rehearsal and performance. Information about the next Big Sing will come out closer to the new date.
On Wednesday 1 April, at this stage we are still planning on having our Taiko drumming expert visit us at St Jude’s. Students in Year 4, Year 5, and Year 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.
This week we are highlighting ‘Graphic novels’ as our featured genre. So far we have had Mystery and Adventure, Historical Fiction and Science Fiction genres. This is in order to promote wider reading among children in Year 3 – 6, encouraging them to try something they might not ordinarily attempt.
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
I would like to thank the entire school community for supporting our fete last Saturday. The lead up to the fete was full of uncertainty and confusion, but I was delighted to see our community come together to support and celebrate our school and each other. By all reports, it seems that parents and children alike had a wonderful time, and many parents commented that they felt lucky to have such a strong community to rely on in these unusual times.
Overall, our school raised just over $19,000 for Community Council projects this year. Under the circumstances, this was a fantastic effort which could not have been achieved without the involvement of every one of you, whether it be by volunteering on the day, helping with organisation, or donating items to help the day run smoothly. We also had some wonderful sponsors who donated many, many items which helped us put together some great raffles.
I would also like to say a huge thank you to our Treasurer, Vic Withington and her crew of counters, who missed much of the fete fun to ensure the finances ran smoothly on the day. Thank you to the teachers who, as they always do, helped prepare crafts with our kids, manned their stall and showed their support on the day. Bec Hunter and Nicole Robertson have been working tirelessly for months to pull off this big day, so a very big thank you to both of them. Our final thank you goes to the three teachers who put their names down for Kiss the Goat, and especially to the ‘lucky’ victor, Mr Galvin.
I look forward to working with many of you later in the year when we begin recruiting our fete committee for 2021.
Community Council Meeting
Yes, it is almost time for another Community Council meeting. Please join us in the library next Tuesday 24 March at 6pm. Everyone is welcome, and it was great at our last meeting to see so many new faces in attendance. You can find minutes from our previous meetings on the school website through the Community Council page.
Charlotte Dalton - Community Council Chair
Notice from School Banking
The health, safety and wellbeing of our communities and our people is our first priority. Due to the rapidly developing situation with coronavirus, School Banking has been temporarily paused from 20 March 2020 until the start of Term 2. Please don’t bring your deposit book with your weekly banking into school and we will notify you when banking will recommence.