Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant, they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism. Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love, for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is perennial as the grass...
Dear Parents and Carers
How different term two is! I am so proud of our teaching and non-teaching staff at St Jude’s for their efforts in preparing the Learning Grids and Learning Packs, but also in the delivery of remote learning. They have been everything I could have asked them to be. This is very new territory for staff, all of whom love children and love to have them in front of the room. I know there are mixed thoughts from parents at home supporting their children. Some are reveling in the ‘teacher’ role while others are really struggling as they work remotely themselves, and be the teacher, in addition to looking after the three year old demanding attention! This sounds like a nightmare to me.
It is crucial that parents understand and adhere to the criteria in place for attendance at school. If numbers become too large for teachers to administer remote learning as well as teach the children at school, then I will need to put other criteria in place as I do not expect teachers to teach face-to-face all day, as well as administer remote learning - it is ridiculous to expect this.
Please remember that school is not open as usual. St Jude’s (K-6) criteria for on-site schooling for term 2 is restricted to:
- essential workers. The Prime Minister defines essential workers as anyone who is working, and who can’t care for their children at home
- vulnerable and disadvantaged children.
Thoughts from Australia’s Leading Education Expert-John Hattie on Remote Learning
According to leading educationist John Hattie, the evidence is that there is little cause for alarm, either from students having some unanticipated down time, or from extended periods of online, remote, or distance learning. Hattie makes the point that the statistical importance of school holidays and the length of a school year on education outcomes are quite low. Additionally, as Australia has one of the longest school days in the world, even an extended period of downtime would still see Australian school children with more in school time than children from countries such as Finland, Korea, and Sweden. The evidence also shows, according to Hattie, that the impact of lengthy school shutouts is very low, especially for students below middle school. So in short, the message from Hattie is we should not panic, even if children are missing a few days of school. But that’s the point. Students are not missing out on even a few days of school. Their education continues and teachers and support staff are working tirelessly to ensure their online experience of education is effective and purposeful. Since the very beginning of this crisis schools moved quickly to embrace online forms of instructional delivery, and this is now being successfully implemented. Furthermore, every effort is being made to cater for students who are educationally at risk or who need to attend school due to the work circumstances of their parents. School staff are doing their jobs. Students are being taught. Hattie also concludes there is no statistical evidence to suggest that a period of distance education will have a detrimental impact on the nation’s children. What is most important, Hattie states, is the methods of teaching, not the media. The well-established and highly regarded Distance Education programs operating throughout regional and remote Australia stands as testimony to this assertion. Teachers have embraced the challenge of remote education with energy and professionalism. As they continue to come to terms with the online environment it can be assumed their methods will improve and their teaching will become even more effective.
SPECIAL REPORT: Wellbeing - Checklist for Primary Students from SchoolTV
Whilst most children are resilient and seem to be demonstrating a remarkable capacity to manage during this challenging time, others are not faring as well. Some are experiencing a variety of emotions ranging from fear to anxiety, all of which are considered normal or natural responses to this current situation. However despite this, it is still important for adult carers to remain vigilant for any signs of unusual distress or behaviour, even though your child may not have any prior history of a mental health disorder. It was estimated that one in seven Australasian children experienced a mental health issue before the Coronavirus pandemic, therefore early intervention, diagnosis and treatment is even more important now. In the current climate, one useful thing you can do is help your child focus on the things that they can control –– such as their learning, diet, exercise and sleep. In this Special Report, adult carers will be provided with a checklist that can be used as a guide in determining if there is any cause for concern.
Here is the link to your special report https://stjudesps.act.schooltv.me/wellbeing_news/special-report-wellbeing-checklist-primary
After coming out of the season of Lent and Holy Week, we have moved into the Easter season. This coming Sunday is the fourth Sunday of Easter. The fourth Sunday of Easter is known as “Good Shepherd Sunday” because every year the gospel reading is on this theme. It is taken from one part or another of Jesus’ discourse in chapter 10 of John’s gospel. Every image of Jesus offers insight into the inexhaustible mystery of his person. The word of God provides us with such a wealth of images, that sometimes they seem to collide with one another. In Eastertide, for example, Jesus is both lamb and shepherd. Only last week the author of 1 Peter wrote of Jesus as a lamb whose blood had won our salvation; in today’s passage he describes Jesus as “the shepherd and guardian of our souls”. This play of images is meant to inspire, not confuse, us. They allow us to inhabit the mystery and find our home in it.
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John
Jesus said to his disciples: "The gatekeeper opens the gate for the shepherd, and he goes in through it. The sheep know their shepherd's voice. He calls each of them by name and leads them out. When he has led out all of his sheep, he walks in front of them, and they follow, because they know his voice. The sheep will not follow strangers. They don't recognise a stranger's voice, and they run away." Then Jesus said: "I tell you for certain that I am the gate for the sheep. Everyone who came before me was a thief or a robber, and the sheep did not listen to any of them. I am the gate. All who come in through me will be saved. Through me they will come and go and find pasture. I came so that everyone would have life, and have it in its fullest."
The Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.
In the time of Jesus, shepherds led a very difficult life, being constantly on duty. The sheep required constant surveillance and needed to be protected against danger and wild animals. The shepherd knew his sheep - often calling them by name. The shepherd led the way and the sheep followed wherever he went. The sheep knew the voice of the shepherd and would not answer to the voice of a stranger. Jesus calls himself the Good Shepherd and leads us as a shepherd leads his flock.
Susan Chant - RE Coordinator
H a p p y B i r t h d a y t o
Xavier B and his family on the birth of baby sister Harper and
to Zara C and her family on the arrival of baby sister Olivia.
Welcome to term two! I hope you were all able to enjoy your ‘home Easter’. Those children who have resumed preschool this week have enjoyed catching up with their preschool friends and educators. Library and music will go ahead as usual for the term, so do not forgot your library bag each Wednesday. For those of you who are at home, thank you for the photos, pictures, videos and mail you have sent. Keep an eye on your mailbox over the next week. The photos included are some of the activities children have engaged in at the ELC and over the holidays which could also be implemented at home. We would LOVE for you to record yourself, a family member or a friend reading a story for us to share with the children. Alternatively why not send us a video of a puppet show, a dance, cooking, a science experiment, introducing your pet, playing an instrument or your child saying a hello? Photos and posted items are also welcome.
St Jude’s ELC will remain open unless advised otherwise by the health authorities. I will email you if the centre is advised to close. The same hygiene measures and adjustments that were implemented last term will remain in place:
- Birthday and other celebrations - if you are sending food in for the class to help celebrate an occasion, it needs to be pre-packaged and have ingredients listed (still in packaging)
- No fruit shop
- Pick up from 2:50-3pm from Preschool Program. Your child and a staff member will meet you at the back gate. Please ensure you are social distancing whilst waiting for your child.
- Children and staff to wash hands with soap / sanitiser on arrival
- Keep children at home when they are unwell
Further to this:
- Dress ups and cushions have been removed from classrooms
- All of our educators have completed the Department of Health’s Covid-19 training
- No food will be provided during After School Care
- Staff will sign your child in and out on the iPad
- Children will spend as much time outside as possible. Please ensure your child is dressed appropriately for the weather.
- Cooking will not be included in any programs
Families who are unsure about sending their children to the ELC are encouraged to contact the 24/7 National Coronavirus Health Information Line 1800020080. Catholic Education have information for families on the Catholic Education website: COVID-19 information and resources page.
Drop Off and Pickup
Due to social distancing and to minimise the spread of germs, we have adjusted our pick up and drop off routines. Families and carers are required to wait at the preschool gate until 9.00am when a staff member will welcome your child in. Families and carers will need to say goodbye at the gate. From 2:50pm each afternoon a staff member will be at the gate to dismiss your child to you when you arrive. When weather permits, note pockets will be hung on the preschool fence next to the gate. For children attending Seahorse programs (before and after school care) a staff member will greet you at the sun room door. Thank you all for your understanding.
For the health of everyone, the ELC will not be able to welcome visitors until further notice.
Kinder Enrolments 2021
A reminder to ELC parents that you need to complete an enrolment form for your child to attend kindergarten next year. Visit the relevant school’s website to access the online enrolment form. Catholic Education online enrolment forms are due by 22 May.
Due to the Australian Government's Early Childhood Education and Care Relief Package, no 'gap fees' will be charged from 6 April (term 1, week 10) until 28 June. If your statement has an 'Amount Due', this is outstanding fees from term 1. Prompt payment would be appreciated, however if you are experiencing difficulty with payment due to Covid-19, please get in touch with us. If you have an amount 'In Credit', this will remain on your account until after 28 June when normal charges will apply. Please CANCEL any automatic payments that you have set up. If you have any queries in relation to your account, please phone or email the ELC.
Gabrielle Adams - St Jude's ELC
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 with 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 to have your photo or video published in the school's newsletter. You will still earn points if it is not published in the newsletter.
The Virtual House Challenge will continue throughout term 2. Points will continue to tally throughout the term. Here are some photos of students being active.
Leanne Thomas - Sports Coordinator
With students spending a lot of time working with paper, pencils and electronic devices, please remember to play some calming music to stimulate their brains. Music can also be used to build energy during PE and exercise, and it is a great way to release some stress and tension.
Despite our current situation, there are plenty of opportunities for our students to be apart of some virtual performances. Monica T (6CG) and Mrs Thomas represented St Jude’s as part of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra with the Anzac Day Virtual Choir, singing Banjo Patterson’s Waltzing Matilda. 300 Australians sang during this virtual performance. You can watch the performance by clicking of this link: https://www.mso.com.au/education/anzac-day-virtual-choir/
Both Monica T (6CG ) and Laura T (4LR) have been selected to perform with Opera Australia in their upcoming performance of Carmen, which will be held later in the year. Congratulations girls!
If you have been in a performance or are representing St Jude’s, please let Mrs Thomas know, so that we can celebrate your achievements.
Leanne Thomas - Specialist Music Teacher
Welcome back to our new and slightly different term!
Good news - our Library is open for all children.
- Children at school will have a Library lesson each week and change their books during that time.
- Children at home may come into school anytime on Monday or Friday to change their books. In addition, parents and children are able to visit the Library between 9.00am and 10.00am each day. I hope to see lots of you over the week!
Don’t forget to check out your Library pack. There is a Reading Challenge for everyone to complete over the term as well as some bookmarks for you to colour and use. Have fun!
Verna Comley - Librarian
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
The latest issue of Book Club will be a special virtual version in term two.
Here is the link for parents to access the virtual book club catalogue:
Online ordering and online payment will still be the same, via the Scholastic Loop:
Orders will close Sunday 17 May at 10pm.