The feast day to Mary Help of Christians has been celebrated in Australia since 1844 but the history to this day dates back to the start of the 1800’s. The infant church in Australia had a special reason for turning to Mary. No priests were sent to the colony in its early days and Mass was not allowed except for one brief year until 1820. It was largely the Rosary in those early days that kept the faith alive. Catholic Australia remained faithful to Mary and was the first nation to choose her under the title Help of Christians, as principal Patroness. St Mary’s Cathedral was dedicated in her honour by the Irish pioneer priest, Fr John Therry, who arrived in Sydney in 1820 and assumed responsibility for the planning and initial construction of the Cathedral. When Australia became the first country to have Mary Help of Christians as Patroness, it became the first country to have a mother-cathedral under the same title.
Dear Parents and Carers
I would like to thank our parents for your consideration of the school and our teachers, for keeping your children at home, in sometimes difficult circumstances, during remote learning.
I know a number of families have been frustrated in being unable to book into After School Care now that school has recommenced. I ask for your patience with Camp Australia in this matter. I understand and appreciate their extremely difficult situation. I hope you realise that their income has been slashed by 50% since the government made all outside school hours care free to parents. That is good for you, but has also meant that organisations like CA were not allowed to charge for their service. JobKeeper has been somewhat beneficial but it is not an extensive support to CA and other OSHC providers. See the information below from CA. Please be reassured of their best intentions.
Camp Australia - JobKeeper and Care Relief Package
We continue to focus on our ongoing sustainability during what remains a challenging time.
As you are aware, under the Early Childhood Education and Care Relief Package (“ECECRP”), we are currently receiving payments at 50% of the level of attendance in services pre COVID-19. The ECECRP, together with JobKeeper, have helped but have not operated quite as expected. The market reacted favourably to the availability of free care and OSHC attendances have risen steadily around the country and more so as restrictions have started to ease. Across most States and Territories now, attendances are over the 50% funding level and so we are receiving payments from the Government that are substantially lower than the level of attendances we have in-service. In addition, across the sector there are less JobKeeper eligible staff to work in service than anticipated. Wherever possible, we are rostering JobKeeper eligible team members to ensure services meet families’ needs. Especially where attendances have crossed the 50% funding level, JobKeeper eligible team members allow us to extend the level of care that the current funding package supports. However, we need to ensure we are carefully managing this to ensure our sustainability.
Important notice on service capping
Since the change in message from the Government on the road to recovery, attendances around Australia have risen significantly. As an outcome of rising attendances, you may be aware childcare providers around the country have implemented capping limits on child attendance in response to the limitations in the ECECRP and JobKeeper packages. We are pleased to say that we have been able to delay this difficult decision longer than most. However, as attendances continue to grow and with service payments capped, we see a requirement for capping attendances at services to avoid incurring losses. There will be limited instances where this will be a necessity and we will be monitoring this in real time to ensure we utilise JobKeeper eligible staff to negate caps to the extent possible. We ask that you support us in this transition period as this may impact some families in the short term as we manage our ongoing viability.
Chief Executive Officer
In response to the changed learning circumstances in terms 1 and 2, it is necessary to make changes to the usual semester report St Jude’s provides. We will still be providing a semester one report but it will be different to the norm, except for Kindergarten where this semester’s report is the same as usual.
St Jude’s approach for Kindergarten to Year 6 is:
- we will provide a semester one report at the end of term two
- for Years 1 - 6 the report will include an A - E grade for those subjects which can be assessed. These will include Religious Education, English and Mathematics.
- the report will include a section on “Engagement with Learning” to replace the current “Personal and Social Capabilities”
- no comments will be made on the semester report
Parent Teacher Interviews
At St Jude’s our custom and practice for these interviews is for them to be held early in term two. That will not happen this year for obvious reasons. We will still hold these interviews but we are yet to pin down our dates. I will notify you next week when these dates have been selected.
Mulleygrubs Café - School Canteen
Following advertising and interviews I am pleased to report that our canteen will open in a few weeks. I will publish the name of our new manager next week, but I do want to say how pleased I am with the successful candidate and that I am very confident that this important part of our school will once again operate. So, all those community members who have previously helped in the canteen, please, please get ready to help out again. To those new to helping in the canteen, we look forward to welcoming you as well. More details next week.
Thank you - Mulleyduds Uniform Shop
I would like to thank Alison Egan, Skye Maguire and Susana Lloyd for the time they have given to St Jude's, to process all of the online Qkr! uniform orders.
Please keep Siena R (3LS) and her family in your thoughts and prayers, for the recent loss of her Nonno.
This coming Sunday, the church celebrates the Ascension of the Lord. The Bible story of the Ascension of Jesus, found in the first chapter of Acts, describes the ascent of Christ from the Earth to the Heavenly realm. According to Acts, the ascension of Jesus takes place 40 days after the resurrection in the presence of his disciples. Christ is risen up after advising them to stay in Jerusalem until the arrival of the Holy Spirit. As he raises, a cloud obscures him from their view, and two men in white arrive to tell them that he will return in the same way you have seen him go into heaven." In Christian doctrine, the ascension is correlated with the deification of Jesus, meaning that through his ascension, Jesus took his seat at the right hand of God: "He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty."
Mary Help of Christians Feast Day
This coming Sunday is also the feast day of Mary Help of Christians. It is the day where the Church recognises Mary as the “Mother of the Church”. The title “Mother of the Church” (Mater Ecclesiae) was applied to the mother of Jesus by Pope Paul VI in November 1964 at the close of the Second Vatican Council. The title was first used in the 4th century by Saint Ambrose of Milan and more recently the title was favoured by Pope John Paul II and then incorporated into the Catechism of the Catholic Church. It is closely linked to Mary’s being at the heart of that prayerful group of apostles and disciples in the upper room, awaiting the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:14). Specifically, her maternal role towards Christ’s faithful is founded on the words spoken by Jesus from the cross to the Beloved Disciple, who represents all future disciples: Behold your mother [John 19:27]. As John Paul II wrote: “In her new motherhood in the Spirit, Mary embraces each and every one in the Church, and embraces each and every one through the Church.” In March 2018, Pope Francis inserted into the Roman Calendar the Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church, to be celebrated each year on the Monday after Pentecost. “The Church is feminine,” Pope Francis said in his homily on today, “she is a mother.” When this trait is lacking, he continued, the Church resembles merely “a charitable organization, or a football team”. A too masculine Church, he said, sadly becomes “a church of old bachelors, incapable of love, incapable of fruitfulness.” The Pope assigned the feast to the Monday immediately following Pentecost, “to encourage the growth of the maternal sense of the Church in the pastors, religious and faithful, as well as a growth of genuine Marian piety.”
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
Molly V and Edith S
We have had a sweet week in celebrating National bee day on Tuesday. Children and staff dressed as bees and participated in a range of bee games and activities. We learnt about the many benefits bees have on our planet. Thank you to James H and his family for suggesting a stacking of liquid experiment containing honey which the children adored. A bee garden was created in our outdoor environment using recycled objects to ensure bees would feel welcome to come and take pollen from its flowers.
With World Turtle Day falling on Saturday, the Turtles class will be celebrating the day on Monday. On Wednesday, the children will also be celebrating Simultaneous Story time. Every year a picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator, is read simultaneously around Australia. National Simultaneous Storytime encourages people to read, highlights the enjoyment books can provide, promotes an Australian writer and publisher and invites everyone to participate. This year’s story is Whitney and Britney Chicken Divas. If you can, find yourself a copy and read along at 11am on Wednesday 27 May. If you do not have a copy Join Denise Scott on Wednesday 27 May at 11.00am on ABC Kids and ABC Kids iview as she reads from the Play School Story Time couch.
Thank you for adapting to our changed pick up and drop off routines via the side gate. For the safety of your child, yourselves and staff, we ask that parents/carers and non essential visitors do not enter the ELC building. Please remember to follow social distancing rules while waiting at the gate and continue to send in your fantastic video recordings of Mystery readers. We welcome your feedback on how this adjustment is going for your child.
Unwell children are required to stay at home.
Birthdays and Celebrations
If you are sending food in for the class to help celebrate an occasion, the food needs to be prepackaged and have ingredients listed (still in packaging).
Please send your updated Immunisation Record to the ELC if you have not already done so.
ELC Enrolments for 2021
The ELC is currently taking enrolments for 2021. Online applications are available via the St Jude’s website. Applications close on Friday 22 May - TOMORROW!
Kinder Enrolments 2021
A reminder to ELC families that you are required to complete a Primary school enrolment form for your child. Visit the relevant school website to access the online enrolment form. Catholic Education enrolments are due by Friday 22 May.
Gabrielle Adams - ELC
Phone: 6287 5520
Virtual House Cup
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 for your photo or video to be put in the newsletter, however, you will still get points for your House.
The Virtual House Challenge will continue throughout term 2 and points will continue to be added to the tally throughout the term. Here are what some of our students have been doing so far to be active. This week and last week, there will be double points for houses if you post a video doing a skipping challenge.
Jump Rope for Heart has some excellent exercises for all the family. If you would like to join the sign up page www.jumprope.org.au/parents there is a competition running where you can receive a $30 Rebel Sports voucher for our school. Join by 3 July. See if you can video or take a photo of yourself doing some of these tricks to get double points -
Leanne Thomas - Sports Coordinator
Could all students please bring their music workbooks to school. We are working through these workbooks as a class as there are some great activities. It also allows for students to show what they have been doing over the last couple of weeks during our remote learning weeks.
Our Masked Singer – SJ style was launched last 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.
Clue – Singer 15, loves a party without gluten of course. This singer has music in her family, with a family member even releasing a new song recently – “I’m free” and performing at the Recharge festival over the weekend. She is often singing along to Justine Clarke or Hannah Blackburn in her car as she drives to school.
Leanne Thomas - Specialist Music Teacher
All books from the holidays are due back now, so please return them asap.
Library days are as per term 1:
- Mon: Years 1 and 2
- Tues: Kinder and Year 4
- Wed: ELC classes and Year 3
- Thursday: Years 5 and 6
Reminder to parents with children in Kinder – Year 2 to send back their Reading Challenge sheet. Thank you if you have already done this but there are still quite a few to come back. We will keep them in the Library to help record children’s reading over term 2. You are most welcome to continue to add books if you would like.
Thank you to the Manera family for donating some preloved books to the Library / Butterfly Room.
Next week is NSS (National Simultaneous Storytime) on Wednesday 27 May. To celebrate we are having a 'Diva Day' for ELC and Kinder – Year 2. Children may come with some sparkle or bling, feathers or frills, eg feather boa, tiara, bow tie, glitter hat or glasses, bright beads or a sparkly T, etc. Simple is best. Kinders will be making a feathery headband in Library to wear on the day. Year 1 will be creating crowns and tiaras to wear and Year 2 may do some masks. There will be colouring in options in the Library at lunchtime as well. Sounds like fun!.
Verna Comley - Librarian
Phone: 6288 7688
Mulleyduds Uniform Shop is now taking online orders, via the Qkr! app.
Please be aware that volunteers run our uniform shop and they are very efficient, but with a large number of orders to be filled, there may be a slight hold up with filling all orders. When your uniform order has been processed and is ready to collect, we will contact you.
Due to the influx of uniforms orders, we have had to order certain items of clothing from our suppliers, therefore, some of items in your uniform order will be on back order. We will complete these orders as soon as possible.
If you have any question, please email the uniform shop firstname.lastname@example.org
Winter School Uniform
Winter uniform is expected to be worn next week.
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
Boys - Long navy pants, sky blue polo top, navy socks, black shoes, maroon polar fleece
Girls - Winter tunic, sky blue Peter Pan shirt, navy tights, maroon polar fleece
Optional for girls: Navy boot leg pants, sky blue polo shirt, white socks, black shoes, maroon polar fleece
Wednesday and Friday (Sports day)
Boys - Green track pants, gold/green sports top, white sport socks, sneakers, green polar fleece
Girls - Green track pants, gold/green sports top, white sports socks, sneakers, green polar fleece
- Boys are to wear LONG NAVY PANTS and not shorts.
- Girls are to wear NAVY TIGHTS if wearing a winter tunic and not white socks.
Susana Lloyd, Skye Maguire and Alison Egan Mulleyduds Uniform Shop