Kindergarten 2022 Orientation
We had the pleasure of hosting our current cohort of ELC students who will be joining us in Kindergarten in 2022. It is an enormous advantage having the ELC right next door. This, combined with our regular 'buddy visits' and attendance at other school events has meant that the transition was almost seamless. Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions we were unfortunately unable to have our 2022 Kinder students who attend other Preschools join us. However, we are looking at organising a separate event for them and we will have them all together on One Up Day in the final week of term. We are also looking at hosting a parent session, possibly via ZOOM as COVID restrictions still mean that we are unable to have large groups of adults on site. Thanks to our Kinder teachers and also to our ELC staff who had the pleasure of teaching our current Kindergarten students.
Class Allocations for 2022
Next week, we will begin allocating students into their class groupings for 2022. This is quite a complicated process which involves ensuring that they have a friend in their new class as well as making sure that academic and social needs are evenly spread across the year level. If you have a request, please forward it to me email@example.com as soon as possible, preferably by Friday November 26. There is plenty of movement of staff across the system, as a result, staffing will probably not be finalised until just before One Up Day, so please do not put in a request for a particular teacher.
Community Council Chair and General Meeting
We are looking for a vibrant, energetic and organised person to fill the vacated Community Council Chair position. Anyone who wishes to nominate for the position of Community Council Chair, for the period up until the 2023 AGM, can forward their nomination to Natalie in the Front Office firstname.lastname@example.org. Nominations close tomorrow, Friday November 19. We will be hosting a Community Council meeting next Tuesday November 23 commencing at 6:00pm. Weather permitting, it will be held in the courtyard near the sandpit. If it is raining, we will move to the School Hall. This meeting will focus on next year’s School Fete. Normally, the school fete is held in mid March, however, deciding on a new date, will be part of the agenda. It would be great if we could elect a Fete Committee and set out a timeline with key dates at this meeting. We look forward to seeing everyone who has ideas and would like to be involved at this meeting.
It is my pleasure to announce that Katrina Howden will be taking over as Canteen Manager as of the beginning of next year. Katrina has Connor in KC at St Jude’s. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mike and all his special helpers for the great work they have done in managing the canteen. A full handover will be organised before the end of the year.
School Fees 2022
We have received information from the Catholic Education Office in relation to school fees. As a result of reductions in Government funding, the school fees at all Catholic schools will increase. Overall, we are looking at approximately 5% for single child families. We are in the process of calculating exact figures and will circulate this shortly.
We held our lockdown drill yesterday and it went seamlessly. As always, there are areas we can improve and we will work towards this. The students were very calm and responsible in being guided by our awesome staff.
End of Year Events
I can't believe that it is only 5 weeks until Christmas. As you are aware, we have had to cancel our Learn to Swim program for this year. At this stage we are exploring a number of other fun school grounds based options to be held towards the end of the term. I am a strong believer in celebrating achievements and I believe the resilience shown by our community is worth celebrating. At this stage, whole community events are not an option, however, we are planning cohort based activities, our usual Giving Mass at the end of the year, One Up Day, as well as our usual Year 6 end of Primary School activities (with a few tweaks). The Executive Team are meeting this afternoon to finalise the events and dates for the final 4 weeks. Once event details are confirmed, they will be placed on the school calendar.
Cameron Reed - Principal
Phone: 6288 7688
As we are transitioning away from SZapp, we ask if all parents could please submit student absences via Compass.
Please note if you receive an email from Compass advising your child(ren) have an 'unexplained' absence, please find steps to submit student absences in Compass via the below link
Please contact the Front Office email@example.com if you have not received your Compass login details or are unable to access Compass.
Parent Teacher Interviews
Teleconferencing interviews for your child will take place during Week 9 of Term 4 (Monday 29 November – Friday 3 December). Sadly, due to COVID-19, we are unable to meet in person.
Teachers will email you a Meeting ID, close to week 9, so that you can join the meeting at your designated time. If you don’t have MS Teams installed please ensure you access the Meeting ID from a computer with video and speaker.
This semester we are using the same online booking platform as last semester; School Interviews.
You can log on using the details below and choose a suitable time to meet.
This system will be active for 9 days from Wednesday 17 November until Thursday 25 November. After this date no further bookings can be made.
To Access the Online Interview Bookings
Please avoid using your mobile phones to book in. A laptop or desktop appear to be better.
STEPS to make a booking
Click on: ‘Make a booking’
Enter the Password/code: Please contact the Front Office
Enter your details.
Select the teacher(s) you wish to meet with.
Select the appointment times that suit your family best.
When you click FINISH your selected bookings will be emailed to you immediately. If you do not receive your email, please check your junk mail folder, or enter the event code again and check your email address spelling. Update your details if the email address is incorrect.
DO NOT DELETE the email you receive. Keep it somewhere safe. You may need to refer back to it at a later date.
Please remember to look out for an email from your child’s teacher. It will have the link to your MS Teams meeting.
If you have any difficulty logging on please contact Dan Fulton, Natalie Hancock or Amanda Taylor at the office on 6288 7688.
2021 Learn to Swim Program CANCELLED
It is with great disappointment that we have decided to cancel this year’s swimming program.
Ultimately, I needed to be confident that we have taken every precaution to not have our students exposed to COVID-19.
This decision has not been made without exploring all components of the program and exhausting all options.
It is also not a reflection of Stromlo Leisure Centre as they have been fantastic in supporting us and trying to reduce the risk.
As a community we have worked tirelessly to try to keep everyone safe.
With numerous exposure sites in the Woden/Weston Creek/Tuggeranong areas I felt that this was the best choice.
Apart from the impact COVID-19 would have on any individual, I also did not want to risk families having to quarantine on Christmas Day.
There will be many disappointed students, however, I know that you will speak to your children about the ongoing challenges of staying safe.
For families who will be at St Jude’s in 2022 you will receive a credit for the Term 4 sports levy on your 2022 Term 1 school fees.
Those families who are departing St Jude’s, please contact Natalie in the Front Office firstname.lastname@example.org to organise a refund.
We are exploring some options for other fun based, on school grounds activities, possibly towards the end of the term.
Thank you for your ongoing support.
Payment of School Fees
Thank you to those families who have paid their school fees.
When paying school fees, we ask families to please not pay via Compass Pay for the forseeable future. It would be appreciated if you could please use other payment options at this time.
Students NOT Returning to St Jude's in 2022 (other than Year 6)
Selina and Sedra made their First Holy Communion on Saturday. It was a beautiful Mass. Please keep them in your prayers.
Advent is fast approaching (begins Sunday November 28 Week 9). Our Youth Ministry team are preparing 4 Advent liturgies to be streamed to students each week as part of our morning prayer.
World Youth Day
This year, since the world cannot meet, World Youth Day is being celebrated in each Archdioceses. Canberra Goulburn invites all young adults and families for a picnic and prayer in the piazza at Manuka, following the 11am Mass.
Please see flyer under Youth Ministry News for more information.
Brigitta van Deas - RE Coordinator
Happy Birthday to Sullivan F
It is an exciting time of year as the current ELC children begin their formal transition to Primary School. Many of the children attended the Kinder Orientation Day at St Jude’s and St John Vianney’s yesterday morning. When they returned there were so many exciting stories to share of the activities completed and the new friends that were made. It’s been wonderful to watch their independence and confidence grow this year and we trust they will have a smooth transition to Primary School.
Holiday Care December
The ELC will be offering Holiday Care Monday 20 – Wednesday 22 December. Please note that bookings for Holiday Care will not be accepted if fees are in arrears.
Please do not park in the disabled parking space unless you have a permit to do so. The space next to the disabled park is not a parking space, it is a ‘keep clear’ space for emergency services and to use as a turning bay.
Today we have sent account statements which include fees for the remainder of the year – Weeks 9, 10, 11 and Holiday Care. Fees are due next Friday 26 November. Your efforts to pay fees on time are appreciated.
Christmas Photography Fundraiser
Fifth Lane Photography are offering Christmas portrait sessions. Shopping centre Santa photos won’t quite be the same this year so this is a wonderful alternative. The ELC will receive $20 for each session booked.
Karen Leighton - St Jude's Early Learning Centre
We have been very lucky to be able to allow Tennis Australia and Orienteering ACT to visit us this week. These clinics are aligned with our curriculum and a valuable opportunity which develops fantastic interpersonal skills, social and physical development experiences.
Students in Kindy to Year 2 will have a lesson on Wednesdays and Year 3 to Year 6 students on Fridays at St Jude’s.
In addition, our Year 3 classes have been enjoying the sport of orienteering with Steve Goggs. A great family outing for all students at St Jude’s is to enjoy the permanent Orienteering course in Canberra. For further information please visit https://act.orienteering.asn.au/permanent/
Leanne Thomas - Sports Coordinator
This week students have been working towards performances in class and as a special surprise for the end of the year as a recording. We have been working with ukuleles, glockenspiels, aarimbas, aylophones, body percussion and simply keeping the beat.
Research proves Music Education benefits our children in many ways:
It’s good for brain development - “Music education is as beneficial for human and cognitive development as it is for the training of expert musicians. Therefore, quality music learning is valuable for students to thrive in all subject areas.” The Tony Foundation.
It’s fun and engaging and facilitates community and connection, “music creates a sense of belonging and participation” Dr Leah Coutts.
It’s good for mental health, in a post pandemic and uncertain world, children need positive experiences. Music has a positive impact on the brain and reduces stress. It offers balance in the curriculum and enhances language and literacy development.
There is much literature and research to support this thinking. For your further reading and consideration:
Dr Anita Collins, Dr Rachel Dwyer and Mr Aden Date, The Tony Foundation – ‘Music Education – A Sound Investment’ https://www.alberts.co/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Alberts_Music-Education-Report_A4.pdf
Graham Strahle – ‘Mounting research shows the benefits of music education on children’ https://musicaustralia.org.au/2015/11/mounting-research-shows-the-benefits-of-music-education-on-children/
Susan Maury and Nikki Richard ‘Wellbeing in the classroom: How an evolutionary perspective on human musicality can inform music education’ https://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/EJ1146301.pdf
Leanne Thomas - Specialist Music Teacher
Thank you to all the families who have supported the Book Fair this week. It has certainly generated lots of excitement and joy for the children visiting and going home with books and other precious items. The last day for purchasing is tomorrow Friday 19 November, so please send in your Book Fair slips if you haven’t already done so.
*Also tomorrow, Friday 19 November is the final day for colouring competition entries to come in as I want to give out rewards tomorrow afternoon.
There are still quite a number of overdue books from the last holidays and beyond, so it would be appreciated if they could please be returned next week. This is especially important as next week (Week 8) will be the final week for borrowing for this year for all children ELC, Kinder - Year 6.
The library is closed for stocktake in Week 11, so we need to have all books returned by Week 10.
Verna Comley - Librarian
Hello from the Uniform Shop!
Firstly, thank you to the volunteers for all their help and support! The Uniform Shop could not function without the volunteers and their hard work - so thank you all very much.
In the past week or two, we have started receiving and packing orders for those children and families preparing to move to Kinder in 2022. The excitement levels are increasing, as are uniform orders and requests for second hand gear. If you have any items in your house that no longer fit your children, they are gratefully received in the uniform shop! Please send any donations to the front office with your children and they will be passed to the volunteers.
In line with moving stock on and ensuring we have comfortable and good fitting uniforms, we have recently sourced a new style of green microfibre PE shorts. You may have seen these if you have recently sent an order in for PE shorts. As a result of changing to this newer style, we have reduced the older style green micromesh sports shorts to $5/pair - if you wish to take advantage of this special price, please place your order via Qkr!. Once sold out, we will not be restocking these.
Finally, for any questions, concerns, or feedback, please email:
Keep safe and well,
Sara Cooper & Tanya Jackson - Mulleyduds Uniform Shop
Community Council General Meeting
Next Tuesday 23 November at 6pm we’ll be having our Community Council meeting in the Courtyard. It’s very exciting that we get to meet in person so please come along. We’ve got a few things to discuss including appointing the new Chair and also discussing plans for the School Fete next year.
Nominations for Chair Position
So far we’ve received a few nominations for Community Council Chair. If you’re considering running, please let Natalie at the Front Office know as soon as possible. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed being Chair and it’s a great way to get involved, so for those parents new to the school please consider putting your hand up.
Thank You to the St Jude’s Teachers and Staff
I thought it’d be nice to say 'Thank You' to all the teachers and staff for showing such leadership, flexibility, compassion etc. during such tumultuous times. Having to deal with ACT Government restrictions relating to ‘no parents on school premises’, having to divide the year levels into specific play areas, having to wear masks at all times and dealing with staggered pick-up procedures has been no mean feat. I’d like to think that all parents and carers would agree that all the teachers and staff are doing a stellar job!
Jessica Adelan-Langford - Community Council Chair
Sausage Sizzle Meal Deal Wednesday 24 November
Please remember to place your orders via Qkr! by COB Monday 22 November.
The sausage sizzle meal deal includes a sausage sandwich, chips and a juice box for $7.
An extra sausage sandwich can be ordered for an additional $1.50.
Volunteers are needed for Wednesday 24 November. Please come along to help out if you are able to.
Mike McIntyre - Mulleygrubs Cafe
Hi St Jude’s staff, parents and carers! Below are some faith notices for you and your families.
World Youth Day Celebration - This Sunday 21 November on the Feast of Christ the King
What's your ideal Sunday? Everyone loves a sleep-in, how about a cruisy morning Mass? Followed by a family picnic lunch with live music to top it off? This Sunday 21 November, St Christopher's Cathedral will be celebrating World Youth Day at the 11am Sunday Mass, with a picnic lunch to follow. All youth in the church are being celebrated, and this includes your young children and families! We'd love to see you there. First initiated by St John Paul II in 1985, then Pope John Paul II imagined World Youth Day to be a powerful moment in which young people of the world could meet Christ, who is eternally young, and could learn from him how to be bearers of the Gospel to other young people. Typically this would be a large-scale international celebration, but we're making the most of it this year staying local to enjoy the Canberra scene in Manuka. See below for extra details.
Youth Group - Back in Person!
Youth Group will be back in person this Sunday November! We have been deepening our understanding of prayer this term and this Sunday’s session will be on “Praying With Art”. Youth Group is for all children in Grades 5 to 8. At Youth Group, we play some games, learn about the topic and have the opportunity for any questions to be asked. Meeting from 4pm-5pm at St Jude’s School Hall. Please email with any questions if your child is keen to join in!
Mass - Back in Person with our Parish Priest Fr Michael
With an easing of restrictions, Mass times in the Parish are back to normal. All are welcome to participate in the celebration of Sunday Mass in person or virtually in our Parish community. There are attendance limitations for these Masses, but bookings are no longer needed. I encourage you to go encounter Christ in Confession and come receive Him in the Eucharist now that these sacraments are readily available again! Sunday Mass times are as follows:
- Saturday 5pm St Jude’s Church (Confession 4.00pm-4.45pm)
- Sunday 9am St John Vianney’s Church (Confession 8.00am-8.45am)
- Sunday 5pm St Jude’s Church (Confession 4.30pm-4.45pm)
Over lockdown, our Parish established a YouTube channel! SJV Sunday 9am Mass will be live-streamed from this platform, which can be accessed here.
Alternatively, the Canberra-Goulburn Archdiocese Mass said by Archbishop Christopher is live-streamed at 11am every Sunday. The live stream link can be accessed from here.
Parish of the Annunciation Bulletin
Find the weekly Parish Bulletin here!
Praying for you all!
Maria Corson - St Jude's Primary School and Our Lady of the Annunciation Parish Youth Minister
~Student Awards for Week 5~
KC - Dimi Z, Pru C
KF - Eila L, Patrick C
KH - Eva T, Edith S
1H - Elliot A-L, Callum N, Archie N
1S - Denham De W
1T - Lily N, Max D
2D - Neil B
2H - Tristan B, James C
2LS - Sasha A, Sam R
3K - Ella B, Lachlan E
3S - Alisha S, Hannah S
4R - Alexis McC, Mieke De W
4T - Hayden N, Toby S, Eloise T, Johnny L
5L - Amelia S, Harry A
6G - Ellie C, Elliot M, Amy R
6V - Brodie N, Joseph R, Gaby S
Music - Amy R, Gabby N, Alice B, Shunlae O, Scarlett O, Clara S, Vivi S, Brayden L
~Student Awards for Week 6~
KC - Olive D, Yuvraj D, Phoebe A-L
KF - Mina W, Ethan J, Vance O
KH - Hugo S, Mia D, Hugh K
1H - Ella M, Samuel M
1S - Triss K, Max G
1T - Anica K, Valentina F
2D - Emma S
2H - Darcy K, Elijah Mac
2LS - Tommy E, William D
3K - Thomas F, Charles S
3S - Riley W, Jack V
4R - Noah M, Isabelle L, Samara A-M, Brody C
4T - Ari N, Addison R, Sari B, Alice C
5L - Millie T, Archie B
5S - Sophie W, Phoebe R
6G - Caitlyn S, Luke W
6V - Molly S, Abigail F, Jasmine M