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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 child at home.
- vulnerable and disadvantaged children.
Dear Parents and Carers
Following extensive discussion, review of the medical advice and guidelines, and considering the regional context where there are no reported cases of COVID-19, the Director of Catholic Education has authorised that all students from Kindergarten to Year 6 may return full time to St Jude’s beginning on Monday 18. If for any reason there is an increase in the safety concerns for the students and staff before 18 May, this decision will be reviewed.
I would like to express my deep appreciation to each of you for your support and loyalty to the school during what has been a challenging time for you and your families. You have been magnificent supporting your child/ren in their learning during this period. Staff have been exemplary in the way they have adapted to provide a remote learning program. We have all missed your children and their energy, humour and joy.
From an academic and welfare perspective, it remains our priority to return to face to face teaching when it is safe to do so. Australia’s Chief Medical Officer has continually informed us that it is safe for children and staff to return to school for those who are not vulnerable. Health experts advise us that children are infected with COVID-19 at much lower rates than adults.
As we prepare to have the children return to school for face to face teaching, it is essential that measures relating to personal hygiene and the health and safety of all members of our community are known and understood.
Extra hygiene and safety practices in place for when the children return to school
- Increased cleaning schedules and resources onsite during the school day to wipe down and disinfect high touch areas, including classrooms and common spaces, in addition to regular daily cleaning.
- Provision of extra hand sanitiser across the school.
- Provision of extra hand soap for children to wash their hands frequently, particularly before and after recess and lunch time.
- Frequent reminders to ensure children are practising good personal hygiene. This means, covering mouths and noses when coughing and sneezing, frequent hand washing, not sharing food or drinks and minimising physical contact.
- No child is to attend school if they are showing any cold or flu like symptoms. They must remain at home, and stay away from school until they are no longer showing symptoms or have attended a GP who has instructed that they are fit and safe to return.
- If your child, or family members or other close contacts are tested for COVID-19, your child is not to attend school until the results of those tests are known and are negative. Please advise the school if this situation occurs.
- If your child (or immediate family member) has a medical condition that places them at greater risk from a return to face to face teaching at this time, please contact their teacher so that we can discuss their needs in greater detail and develop an appropriate plan for their circumstances.
- We are attempting to minimise the number of adults coming onto the premises to reduce the possible risk of COVID-19 transmission. Please make appointments ahead of time and if possible, telephone or use email as the preferred method of contact with your child’s teacher or staff member.
- Morning drop off will involve children placing their bag outside their classroom before going to play before the bell.
- Afternoon pick up will require some more thought on our part but this will be explained at a later point.
- At this stage, there will be no assemblies or large gatherings of students for the remainder of this term. An exception to this is any evacuation or emergency procedure that may be required (fire alarm, etc.).
- If your intention is to not have your child return to school please contact their teacher so that we can discuss their needs in greater detail.
- After 18 May, if a situation arises where it is deemed not safe by health authorities for students or staff to be onsite, we would be able to move back to our remote learning program.
St Jude’s is accepting enrolments for 2020 and 2021 in both our Preschool (ELC) and Primary School (K-6). The official enrolment period is 4 to 22 May 2020. Please see the home page of our website for the Primary Enrolment tab. Please visit the ELC tab for preschool enrolment information. It is unfortunate that due to the COVID-19 pandemic we are unable to hold our Open Day this year. I hope that this will not discourage you from applying to St Jude’s for your child. The majority of parents applying for enrolment with us know St Jude’s well and perhaps you do not require a meeting with staff to answer questions and have a look at our facilities. For parents who do not know us, we are happy to hear from you (phone 6288 7688 or email email@example.com) to arrange a meet and greet so you can be better informed about our school. Even given the current restrictions on social distancing and the number of people allowed in gatherings, I think we can meet the safety concerns issued by health and government authorities.
An email was sent last week to parents of students who were receiving support from the BR before COVID-19. We encourage children doing remote learning to come to school to continue to receive this one on one support. Below is an excerpt from this email.
This email is to let you know that Butterfly programs are continuing during this current time of COVID-19 regulations. For students who are attending school, nothing has changed. All reading and maths programs continue as usual each day. There is nothing you need to do.
To ensure students who are learning from home can continue to participate in the Butterfly programs, I wish to extend an invitation for students to visit St Jude’s for 30 minutes each day to complete reading programs, before returning home again. This approach is to ensure students continue to develop reading skills with individual guidance and support from the wonderful Butterfly Team while following COVID-19 regulations.
Wishing you well
Tips for Parents During COVID 19-from our School Counsellor
During this time of increased change and stress, parents can feel anxious and overwhelmed. I hope these tips help you and your family to find ways to manage during this time.
Limit information that raises worry or anxiety
It can be tempting, particularly if working from home, to be checking news alerts or social media feeds. Limiting news consumption around children may be useful.
Scheduling in some one-on-one time during the day, like watering the garden together, making snacks together, etc can be helpful for you and your child.
Connecting with friends and family
Below are some examples of how to stay in touch with family and friends:
- Have a virtual lunchtime or playdate so your child can see and talk to friends while they’re eating or playing.
- Set up a schedule for phone calls or video chats with extended family members who don’t live in your house.
- Help your child set up a group chat using an app so they can talk to friends and share funny articles or videos.
- Suggest that older children and teenagers spend time playing online multiplayer games with their friends.
- Celebrate birthdays and other achievements by sending e-cards or video messages.
- Get some postcards, writing paper and stamps, so children can stay connected the old fashioned way.
If you would like more information, or if you have questions about your child or wish your child or yourself to speak with me, please feel free to send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
through your creative power you give birth to all
and love all as a mother loves her child.
Bless these women who are mothers.
When they worry for their child,
hold them in your care.
When they work to provide a home for their child,
stand beside them.
If they mourn for their child,
hold them in your love.
When the joy of their child overtakes them,
laugh with them.
Bless them, and may they each be a living symbol of your love;
a symbol to their children and all who they encounter.
We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.
We listen now to the words of Luke’s gospel,
and to the joy and love of two mothers.
In those days, Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth, her cousin. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and exclaimed with a loud cry, ‘Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me? For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfilment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.’
And Mary said,
‘My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour,
for he has looked with favour on the lowliness of his servant.
Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
for the Mighty One has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.’
The Gospel of the Lord
Two women – cousins – both pregnant through the miraculous and awesome power of God. They come together and the joy of the Holy Spirit moves within each of them. Their immediate response is to recognise the work of God in their lives. Both are pregnant unexpectedly and in a situation that could have brought shame, but their response is joy and praise.
Although our own births were probably a bit more ordinary than the births of John the Baptist and Jesus, it is still true that every child’s birth is a witness to the miraculous and awesome power of God. It is through our mothers that God works this particular miracle.
I wish all our mothers and grandmothers a very happy Mother’s Day on Sunday.
May God bless you and watch over 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
Ariella B, William C, Oscar C, Zara C and Vance O.
This week, each of the Preschool classes have enjoyed watching Mystery Readers via video links. Thank you to all the families who have sent a recording in. The Stingray and Turtle children also appreciated Mystery Readers delivered in person by Mrs Lynch and Mrs L. Throughout the week, children have been identifying people who are special to them, the things that make these people special and memories they have shared together. Handmade cards and gifts have been created for these special people. We hope that all of our mothers and special people have an extra special day on Sunday, Mother’s Day. We congratulate Mrs Foster who taught the ELC children on Wednesdays last term, on the arrival of a daughter yesterday, just in time to celebrate Mother’s Day.
The teddy bears placed around Canberra over the past few months have helped to brighten people’s days when spotted in windows and on walks. As children and staff have been speaking about the teddies they have spotted, we have decided to make a teddy bear trail for the local community. We invite you to take part by decorating a bear, writing your name in its foot and on the bears tummy, write an action people can do to strengthen their wellbeing. Please return all decorated bears to the envelope on the window of the ELC entrance by Monday 11 May. Information about the trail location will be included in next week’s newsletter.
Thank you for adapting to our changed pick up and drop off routines now that we cannot have non essential visitors in the centre. For the safety of your child, yourselves, and staff, we ask that parents/carers do not enter the ELC building. We will continue to use the side gate as we started to do towards the end of last term.
- Keep children at home when they are unwell
- Follow social distancing rules when waiting at the gate
- 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
- No food will be provided during After School Care
- Cooking will not be included in any programs
- Dress ups and cushions have been removed from classrooms
- All of our educators have completed the Department of Health’s COVID-19 training
- 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.
- Families who are unsure about sending their children to the ELC are encouraged to contact the 24/7 National Coronavirus Health Information Line 1800 020 080. Catholic Education have information for families on the Catholic Education website: COVID-19 information and resources page
Drop Off and Pickup Adjustments
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 the 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 sunroom door. Thank you all for your understanding.
Kinder Enrolments 2021
A reminder to ELC families, you are required to complete a primary school enrolment form for your child. Visit the relevant school website to access the online enrolment form. Enrolments 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. 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
Virtual House Cup
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.
Hindmarsh are still in the lead by 5 points.
Leanne Thomas - Sports Coordinator
Workbook and Seesaw
Thank you to all students who have submitted work on Seesaw from their workbooks and with the seesaw music activities. There has been some fabulous work presented.
Our Masked Singer – SJ style – was launched on Tuesday. We have already had some students submit their entries. Students can submit only one entry to this competition. There are some fabulous singers in our entire staff so it will be tricky. I will be revealing some extra hints in the newsletter. Entries are due week 8.
Leanne Thomas - Specialist Music Teacher
This week in Library for ELC – Year 2 we have been reading and sharing stories about Mums and that special celebration that is fast approaching!
Years 3 and 4 have been learning more about SORA/Overdrive (online book collection) so they can borrow books online if they would like to. Remember there is an information page in your Library pack for remote learners that shows how to obtain the app and use it.
Could I please remind all families with children attending school to locate Library books from last term and return them ASAP. Children need to be changing their books every week to help with their Reading Challenge. I am keeping K-2 sheets in the Library so we can assist with recording their selections from school and home.
*Thank you to the Gamper, McCabe and Roach families for donating some preloved books to the Library! Always find good homes for books!
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.