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- Easter Message 2020 (Archbishop Prowse)
- COVID19 Request to Defer Payment of School Fees 2020
The Easter Triduum commences on Holy Thursday evening and ends on Easter Sunday (“Triduum” simply means three days of prayer). It is a time when we are taken through some of the most extraordinary events in human and religious history:
HOLY THURSDAY: Mass of the Last Supper (and that beautiful act of washing feet);
GOOD FRIDAY: The Passion of Our Lord;
EASTER VIGIL/SUNDAY: The Resurrection.
It is one event. Yet, we Catholics tend to see it as a series of mutually exclusive ceremonies. Thus, we go about choosing one, or maybe two, out of the three that suit - Friday and Sunday being the favourites; though, for many, Sunday alone is “my Easter.” To put it rather crudely; it’s a bit like turning-up to a grand final at half-time in order to just ‘enjoy’ the finish, or turning-up to the final Act only of a three Act play. The Triduum allows us to share in the greatest love story ever told … ever lived. We are called to journey with Christ for the whole event: we Break Bread with Him at His Last Supper; we ‘walk’ with Him on the Road to Calvary; and we rejoice with Him – the Resurrected One – on Sunday. What a privilege to share these moments with Christ, with God, with each other; to be there in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health. Now that’s love.
Fr Peter Day
Dear Parents and Carers
Term 2 – Tuesday 28 April – Remote Learning Commences
Many parents have kept their child/ren home over the last few weeks. Some parents had no option but to send their child/ren to school in recent times. St Jude’s (K-6) criteria for on-site schooling for Term 2 is restricted to:
- essential workers children. The Prime Minister defines essential workers as anyone who is working, and who can’t care for their child at home
- vulnerable and disadvantaged children.
Staff at St Jude’s this week are involved in four days of professional development to learn about an online learning management system (LMS) which will assist teachers (K-6) when we move to remote learning next term. St Jude’s will not be employing this LMS from the beginning of Term 2. We will take our time to explore this LMS before we roll it out.
It is not my intention that we have all students working online with our remote learning. Our senior students in Years 5 and 6 will be engaged in a reasonable amount of online learning but this certainly will not be the case initially for our junior classes. Online learning for our younger students is very problematic. The Learning Packs (available for pick up from your child’s/ren’s classroom this Thursday – TODAY – anytime from 8.30am to 4pm) are largely paper based. Staff here are very firm in our belief that paper based packs will work best for the majority of our grades, be easier for parents/carers to understand and to access the learning activities, and result in more efficient use of everyone’s time. Please remember the Learning Packs are for next term, beginning 28 April – they are not activities for the holidays. Learning Packs can be collected in Term 2, however if your child will attend in Term 2, there is no need to collect the Learning Pack.
Information for Parents Regarding Payment of Fees
Catholic Education is committed to providing financial assistance to support families who have lost their economic livelihood as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The position of Catholic Education is that no child will be denied a Catholic education because of financial circumstances.
Initial support to assist all families includes:
- In relation to Excursion and Sports Levy budgets being in surplus at years end, a credit note will apply to school fees 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 statements for Term 2 will be delayed to week 4 of Term 2.
Where families are experiencing financial stress due to job loss, being stood down, reduction in work hours, business downturn or closure resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the following is available through a confidential discussion with the school:
- Suspension of follow up activity on outstanding fees at the end of Term 1 until 31 July 2020.
- Full or partial fee remission or deferral. You are asked to indicate the level of assistance you feel you need at this time, initially, through a discussion with the Principal.
- Families may apply for immediate deferral of Term 2 fee payments by completing the COVID-19 Fee Request to Defer Fees (available in the Notes section of the school's website) and here.
Financial assistance continues to be available for those families experiencing hardship not related to COVID-19. Families are encouraged to contact Mr Galvin for assistance and more information.
Your family is an important part of our school community. Your financial circumstances will not compromise the place of your children at our school. If you are experiencing any difficulties, I will confidentially ensure your child is not disadvantaged at this time.
Vacation Care these Holidays
Camp Australia has confirmed that for the coming term break our Holiday Club will remain open on the days agreed. Bookings for the Holiday Club at St Jude’s is focused on families who attend St Jude’s Primary School. This link can be found here.
As per the Government announcement on 2 April, all childcare is now being provided free of charge, effective from 6 April until 30 June. Before School Care, After School Care and Vacation Care are essential services for so many families that are unable to self-isolate and maintain employment during these unprecedented times. See the Camp Australia website for more information.
Information for students attending school at St Jude’s next term. 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. Please ensure your child’s/ren’s clothing is clearly labelled.
H a p p y B i r t h d a y t o
Benjamin W, Elliot AL, Amy R, Toby S, John C, Nia O, Isaac H, Ivy B, Santoshi T and Christian S.
Happy Birthday to everyone celebrating their birthday during the holidays.
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
For us to successfully email our families, please keep your teacher/s and the front office up to date with any email changes. Thank you.
Let us pause for a moment and reflect on the importance of the next few days. I truly believe that these are the most significant days in the Church calendar for Catholics. I feel saddened that we are not together as a school community to reflect and pray during this time. Father Michael Tate is a parish priest in the Archdiocese of Hobart and is currently Vicar General in the Archdiocese and is an Honorary Professor of Law at the University of Tasmania where he lectures in International Humanitarian Law. His reflections and homilies speak to me so I would like to share with you his reflections on Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday.
Feet and Bread: Necessities for the Journey
Jesus is the body language of God. He is Who God is living a fully human life. Stripped of his tunic with a towel girding his waist, his disciples could see his heart beating, divine energy pulsing into the world – as menial service.
Our Lord knows who we really are, not our imaginary self-portrait, our face to the world, but who we are at ground level where our feet can be somewhat dirty and embarrassing. He wants to wash us clean, soothe and refresh us, so that we can better follow him on the Way.
And he commands us, if we purport to be his followers, to wash and soothe and refresh the feet of others so they may better journey through life. Pope Francis memorably did this by washing the feet of prisoners, two of whom were women, one of whom was Muslim. Can we doubt that this helped their rehabilitation?
The further gift of the Last Supper, recorded in the gospels, is the food necessary to nourish and sustain us on our journey. The Risen Lord in his glorified body enters into the most intimate communion with our bodies down to our very toes.
We could take a moment to pray that we might, like Pope Francis, be the presence of the serving, soothing, refreshing God in the lives of those who need us, setting their feet on the path to a happier and fuller life.
© Fr Michael Tate; firstname.lastname@example.org
The Wood of the Cross
Strange term, ‘Good Friday’. A tortured body hanging on a cross? The upright beam grounded in the earth. Might something ‘good’ come of that? The horizontal beam stretched east to west. Might something ‘good’ come of that? At the top, the plaque. At the bottom the spattering of blood and water. Might something ‘good’ come of that?
Yes, because that cross bore the body of Jesus Nazarene, King of the Jews, but, more than that, the Lord of the Universe, Son of God. Because it held His body, the upright beam grounded in the earth, reaching heavenward, joined heaven and earth, making this Friday Good Friday.
Because His arms were stretched out on the horizontal beam the whole of humankind, the whole of creation was embraced. And that makes this Friday, Good Friday.
Because His water and blood, signs accompanying birth, spattered the foot of the cross, a new family, of whom we are the descendants, was born.
We could pause for a moment, admitting that we may never under-stand fully, but resolving to fully stand under the Cross, proclaiming that this was indeed the Best Friday.
© Fr Michael Tate; email@example.com
Dawn has Broken – The Son is Risen
Women go to the tomb as dawn is breaking. The Power of Darkness which had Jesus unjustly sentenced, cruelly tortured and buried in the pitch blackness of the tomb, is conquered by the Son-Rise of all sun rises flooding our world and the whole of human history with Divine Light and Energy.
This is the heart of our faith as Catholic Christians, which we celebrate with bon-fire (good fire) in darkness at the Easter Vigil. From that earthly element we light the Easter candle and the Exsultet is sung: ‘Be glad, let earth be glad as glory floods her, ablaze with light from her eternal King.’
The resurrection itself is nowhere described in the gospels, but we do have appearances of the Risen Lord Jesus. The first appearance was to a woman, Mary of Magdala. A title given to her by the early church was ‘Apostle to the Apostles’ because she was the bearer of the message which the male disciples initially did not believe. But eventually they too believed that Death had been done to death because the Son had risen.
Christ’s body was transfigured by the energy of Divine Love and we can, by grace, participate in that resurrection life of Our Lord. A glorious destiny awaits us, as indeed it awaits the whole cosmos as it is to be transformed by that resurrection life recreating the whole of creation.
We could take a moment to pray that we, along with all that matters, are graced with the life-giving energy of the Risen Son and that we may join Mary of Magdala in spreading the Good News of Christ’s victory over death. Alleluia!
Fr Michael Tate; firstname.lastname@example.org
I wish you and your loved ones a safe, happy and holy Easter. Please know that all the staff here at St Jude’s are praying for you.
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
This week the ELC team and children have enjoyed connecting with our ELC families who have been staying at home. Mrs Leighton and the Turtle class received mail in the post from Natalie. Ashton sent in photos of an Easter craft activity, William sent a video showing a science experiment he had undertaken, and Olivia sent a photo of a poster that she created after watching live zoo feeds. Thank you for sharing these with us!
The ELC will operate as usual during term 2, unless told otherwise by health authorities. If you have not already, can you please provide an indication of whether or not you intend for your child to attend the ELC from the beginning of term 2. All children who are currently enrolled will remain enrolled regardless of whether your child attends or not.
Please do not forget the Anzac Day Public holiday falls on Monday 27 April. Term 2 will commence on Tuesday 28 April. During week one of term 2, the Stingray days are Tuesday 28 and Wednesday 29 April, with Lobsters attending Thursday 30 April and Friday 1 May.
I hope you have a chance to remove yourself from the extra stresses in society over the Easter weekend and can celebrate the occasion with the loved ones you live with. Stay well and healthy.
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
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: email@example.com
Susana Lloyd, Skye Maguire and Alison Egan - Mulleyduds Uniform Shop
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.
CORONA (CROWN) OF THORNS
Just a few months ago, none of us had heard of CORONAVIRUS. Now it is our uninvited Easter guest.
It seems the whole world has become sick due to its global presence.
We cannot get away from it. It has turned our world upside down. We are anxious and fearful. Even in supermarkets we appear to be suspicious of each other.
We are trying our best in our home isolation. The experience so far is one of mixed blessings. New routines are not easy to navigate on our own. Now whole families and others are to negotiate a new way of daily life for the next few months.
“Corona” is a Latin word meaning “crown”. This pandemic has become a crown of thorns for us all.
In the hours before his death, Jesus too knew of a crown of thorns. It became one of his terrible sufferings before his death on the Cross of Calvary.
Jesus suffers with us in our sufferings. This is the meaning of the key word compassion.
The Easter message is clear: by suffering with the suffering Jesus we enter by Grace into the hope of Resurrection in Him.
Archbishop Christopher Prowse
Canberra Goulburn Archdiocese
Apostolic Administrator of Wagga Wagga Diocese