Dear Parents and Carers
I hope you all are aware that from the start of term 2, St Jude’s (K-6) will move to remote learning, as will all schools in the ACT. Over recent weeks staff have been preparing for this. Please see the list below of documents/resources that are being prepared for your child/ren. There will be variations from grade to grade in the packs, BUT ALL GRADES (K-6) WILL HAVE A PACK TO PICK UP FROM SCHOOL ON THURSDAY 9/4/2020, between 8.30am and 4pm. Staff decided it best to begin remote learning with a pack. Subsequent Remote Learning packs may or may not be hard copies. In this initial pack will be resources you and your child/ren will need to set up Remote Learning; these may include:
- first Remote Learning Grid for term 2. Subsequent Learning Grids to be distributed weekly / fortnightly
- Seesaw (device app) setup instructions for all students K-6
- St Jude’s Guidelines for Remote Learning
- suggested schedule for Remote Learning (this is a suggestion only, feel free to make your own schedule to suit your family needs)
Pupil Free Days - K to 6, Week 10
All Catholic parish primary schools (K to 6) in Canberra will be pupil free next week. In order to support staff in Catholic schools to provide remote learning programs in term 2, our schools will be providing staff with professional learning for the last week of term from Monday 6 April to Thursday 9 April (K to 6). This professional learning will enhance the learning programs we will be able to offer in remote modes in term 2.
The preschool is open for normal operation from Monday 6 April to Thursday 9 April.
I want to make three points:
- all four days of next week are pupil free days (K to 6). So no students at school unless there are strong reasons for them needing to be on site. Parents need to contact me – firstname.lastname@example.org - if this is the case.
- no learning activities will be forwarded for next week as the four days are pupil free days. If there are strong reasons for students to be at school, there will be no teaching taking place at school, only supervision.
- Camp Australia will run a vacation care type program (K to 6) at St Jude’s for the four days of next week. To book into the program for next week, please contact www.campaustralia.com.au
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 go to our homepage and open up the Enrolment tile. The online enrolment application is up and running. Applications are now being taken.
Student & Family Counselling Services at St Jude’s
I am writing to update you on the efforts CatholicCare Canberra and Goulburn are making to continue to provide services in light of the Coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19). The health and welfare of our clients, families and staff are our highest priority. Our counsellor – Kerry Marshall – will continue to provide support and is able to connect with students and parents via telephone or online using the Zoom platform.
- Appointments will be available during school hours on Kerry’s usual work day, which is each Friday.
- Appointments can be made by phoning 6162 6104 or by emailing email@example.com. Please provide the following information in your email – name of student, school year, name of school, name of counsellor (if currently working with this person) and a brief outline of the reason for the referral. We will then make contact to arrange an appointment time and discuss your preference for a telephone or online session.
- For telephone sessions, if the call is missed, a second attempt to make contact will be made. If this is still not successful, the Counsellor will send an email to negotiate another time. It would be appreciated if you are not available at the scheduled time, that an email to cancel the session is received.
We acknowledge the unprecedented economic impact on families as a result of COVID-19 and associated government directives. Consistent with our enrolment policy “no child is to be denied Catholic schooling simply because of an inability (as opposed to an unwillingness) of a parent/guardian, to meet financial requirements”. Effective immediately are the following fee relief measures:
- In relation to Excursion and Sports Levy budgets being in surplus at years end, a credit note will apply at the end of this year for families leaving the school (Year 6 students) or credit will be carried forward for next year’s levy for continuing families.
- Fee concessions will be available on outstanding fees at the end of term 1 for those families eligible for Government COVID-19 supplement payments.
- Fee concessions will be available for term 2 fees for families eligible for Government COVID-19 supplement payments.
- We anticipate delaying fee statements for term 2, until there is greater clarity about the duration of the pandemic. General fee concession arrangements are being considered and will be communicated once finalised.
If you have been financially impacted by COVID-19 or have any concerns around fees, please contact Mr Galvin through the front office on 6288 7688.
SPECIAL REPORT: Preparing for Home schooling
With many countries implementing preventative measures in the spread of COVID-19, home schooling may be inevitable for many families. This may be daunting and disruptive for many parents as they try to also juggle their work responsibilities. Home schooling could soon be a reality for many adult carers as nations act to implement strategies in the prevention of COVID-19. The daunting task of establishing new routines and schedules, whilst juggling work responsibilities, could prove to be disruptive and challenging for families and schools. Some young people will transition seamlessly, whilst others may struggle. Therefore it will be vitally important for parents to be vigilant in looking for signs of anxiety and depression. Parents will need to continue to be reassuring and supportive in this time of uncertainty and acknowledge that this may be a stressful time for students of all ages. Schools will be working hard behind the scenes to ensure a child’s academic needs are met, but parents will need to play a key role in providing them with the structure and groundwork for success. Young people will be looking towards their parents to keep things in context and help ease the transition to a different learning environment.
In this Special Report, parents and caregivers will be provided with some guidelines on how best to navigate this time of transition with minimal disruption. We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this special report, and as always, we welcome your feedback.
Here is the link to your special report
We are excited to announce that we have begun planning our school musical for 2020. Unfortunately due to our current situation we will not be able to perform in term 2 as originally scheduled however we are aiming to perform in term 3.
Given our growing numbers this year, our musical will involve all students in Years 3-6, with the lead roles being taken by Year 5 and 6 students.
This means that our younger students will be able to focus on the Christmas Concert in term 4 as their on stage experience.
Keep your eye on future newsletters and class emails for further information re auditions.
Family Email Addresses
To successfully email our families, please keep your teacher/s and the front office up to date with any email changes. Thank you.
Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Easter
This coming Sunday is Palm Sunday. It is a pivotal day. Lent is done and now Holy Week begins. This is an extraordinary week, in every sense of the word. It is a week of high drama, of courage, betrayal, tragedy, sorrow, grief, triumph, joy ... choose an emotion - you'll probably find it somewhere in the events of Holy Week! So, take a deep breath (perhaps some meditation?) and ready yourself to commemorate the greatest story of all time.
This holiest of weeks is a journey for all of us, not just a journey that was only for Jesus. Jesus invites us all to join him this week.
Christianity is a faith of paradox: leadership through service; greatness through humility; and life through death. The greatest paradox of all is the paradox of the cross. The death of Jesus through the most humiliating form of capital punishment in history would appear to be exactly what the Jewish authorities hoped it would be: the end of the Jesus movement. The ignoble death of a group’s leader through public execution is usually enough to bring about the end of any movement. However, Christians know that the death of Jesus is not the end of the story.
His resurrection, that we celebrate at Easter next weekend, is the twist in the tale that means the death of Jesus, rather than being a point of despair, in fact becomes a moment of hope. This difference of expectation is captured in the Lukan account of the crucifixion by the two criminals with whom Jesus is crucified. One joins in the mockery of Jesus, whilst the other recognises the innocence of Jesus and has faith that Jesus will enter into his kingdom. This second criminal acts as an example for all people of faith. He reminds us that those with faith still have to face death and still have to face up to the consequences of their actions, and yet the way we approach death should not be with despair, but rather with hope and confidence that we will share in Christ’s resurrection.
The reading of the Passion narrative leaves us up in the air. It leaves us in a better position than the disciples at the time. They were downcast by what they felt was the defeat of Jesus, but we know the end of the story! We know that out of this darkness will come light and hope!
An essential part of who we are as a Catholic school cannot be celebrated this coming week. Where we normally spend time as a community celebrating and remembering Palm Sunday, Holy Week and the Easter story, we will be with our families at home. Father Michael will have palm leaves in the foyer of our church this coming Sunday from 4.00pm should you wish to collect them for your family.
Please follow this link should you wish to share with your family readings about Palm Sunday:
Please see our school website for prayers that you can say at home with your family during Holy Week and Easter. The first one on Palm Sunday is on our website today.
In these unique times where our Sunday Masses have been suspended, you may wish to read the Sunday readings and commentaries from home. Please follow this link: https://litedliturgybrisbane.weebly.com/sunday-readings-at-home.html/
For many people in our school community, attending Mass regularly is an essential part of their lives and routines. As we can no longer do this, you may find watching Mass an alternative: https://www.catholicvoice.org.au/mass-online/
Drive through confession
Yes you heard that correctly! Fr Michael will be offering drive through confession on Saturday and Sunday between 4.00pm to 5.00pm at St Jude's Church.
I pray that in the midst of our turmoil all our families at St Jude's stay safe during the Easter period.
May God bless you all.
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
Michael F and Sophie B
I understand that there is confusion with the different correspondence from the ELC and primary school. The licencing for Catholic Early Learning Centres is different from that of the Catholic primary schools. At this stage, Early Learning Centres have not been instructed to close. St Jude’s Early Learning Centre will remain open as usual. For families whose children are remaining at home, we welcome updates of things you would like to share with us. Have you constructed or drawn something you are proud of? Have you enjoyed or learnt something new from a book you have read? Has something caught your attention at home or on a walk? The ELC team and children would like to share and celebrate your learning so please email photos through to us.
With the Turtle, Stingray and Lobster classes sharing a combined program, children are strengthening relationships with the ELC team and getting to know a wider range of children. Teachers have used this opportunity to focus their intentional teaching on social skills. Thank you Ms Bondoc for sharing your ukulele skills with the children and the rest of the team.
ELC Holiday Program
Due to the low number of bookings, the ELC April Holiday Program will open Tuesday 14 and Wednesday 15 April during the first week, and Monday 20 and Tuesday 21 April during the second week. If you would like to make a booking for any of these four days, please contact the ELC office ASAP.
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.
Please ensure you look after yourselves during this stressful time!
Gabrielle Adams - St Jude's Early Learning Centre
Phone: 6287 5520
With our Cross Country postponed and many sports waiting to resume or start their season, we thought it might be a great idea to start a Virtual House Challenge. Find your inner Dixon, competitive Hindmarsh, fearsome Streeton or persistent Mulley. We are asking you to show us how you are keeping fit in these challenging times. Earn points for your house by showing us how you are staying healthy at home.
Get involved by:
- exercising in your house colours
- film your house cheer or a cheer you have created
- wear your house colours while doing something for someone else
To earn points for your house, please send a photo or video to Mrs Thomas or your teacher via your Seesaw page. Please specify if you do not wish for your photo or video to be published in the newsletter (you will still get points for your house).
The Virtual House Challenge will continue throughout term 2. Points will continue to be added to the tally throughout the term.
Leanne Thomas - Sports Coordinator
Phone: 6288 7688
With students spending lots of time working away with paper and pencils and electronic devices, please remember to put some calming music on to stimulate the brain. Alternatively remember to also use music to build energy during PE and exercise and it is a great way to release some stress and tension.
For students who have an interest in music and would like to be added to an extension music Seesaw class, please email Leanne Thomas to express your interest.
Here are some apps that might be great as a brain break or for encouragement.
Leanne Thomas - Specialist Music Teacher
Phone: 6288 7688
When students are at school, the devices are constantly monitored to ensure students are on task and accessing appropriate content, and not accessing inappropriate content. So too when learning from home. Some tips on setting up your learning environment at home:
- All devices (iPads, laptops, mobile phones, tablets etc) to be kept in the kitchen or dining room, a place where parents can observe what is happening on screen. Avoid having the devices in a bedroom.
- If some form of video conferencing is required consider the view from the point of view of the camera or audience. Ensure no personal photos are shown, and limited ability for someone to 'photo-bomb' the image. The back of your child should have a blank wall or non-personal photos or paintings as the background.
- Stick with regular routines. Students finish breakfast by 8.30am, and are ready to learn by 9.00am. Students still get dressed in regular clothes, not PJ’s. Have a break at 10.00am for a few minutes, then continue on until lunch time.
- Don’t fight with your child. If your child refuses to do the work, it is their learning, not yours. You graduated from school years ago. It is important for you to have a relationship with your child when school eventually resumes.
- If you have a few minutes, involve yourself in your child’s learning, such as the physical exercise or the music. Have a conversation with your child about their learning.
- Look after your own health as well.
The Mulleyduds Uniform Shop is closed until further notice.
Please note that email or Qkr! orders will not be processed or delivered to students.
When students return to school, we will be relaxed in regards to wearing summer and/or winter uniform. Winter uniform orders will continue once the uniform shop opens again.
If you have any questions, please direct them to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Susana Lloyd, Skye Maguire and Alison Egan - Mulleyduds Uniform Shop
~ Awards Week 8, Term 1 ~
2H—Selena AE, Flynn V
3LS—Maddi K , Hugh R
3M—Gabby N, Tom W
3S—Nia O, Toby S
5L—Abbey S, Lilian D