- Working Bee - Friday 20 November - 4.30pm to 6.30pm
- Matthew 19:13-15
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People brought little children to Jesus, for him to lay his hands on them and say a prayer. The disciples turned them away, but Jesus said, “Leave the little children alone, and do not stop them from coming to me; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.” Then he laid his hands on them and went on his way.
Dear Parents and Carers
End of Year Events
Please be aware that restrictions still apply to all school gatherings. These include school events which typically happen at the end of the school year. Things are not back to normal despite the easing of COVID-19 restrictions. I encourage parents to NOT make comparisons between one event and another that have happened recently, or will happen before the end of the school year. Decisions are made taking into account many factors and it is not helpful to compare and to ‘cherry pick’ what happens at one school event, and expect the same to happen at another school event. Your understanding of this is appreciated.
Year 6 (next year) have been putting themselves forward for leadership positions for 2021. This is a very exciting time for them. The process we follow here at St Jude’s is that:
- school captains (congratulations to Luke W and Rosie G) are selected first
- house captain and vice captain for each of our four houses are selected next-earlier this week
- peer leaders are then selected by the principal.
House Captains and Vice Captains
Students in Years 2 to 6 voted in their houses on Monday for the house leaders for next year. Once again, our candidates were an exceptional bunch of girls and boys, but unfortunately there can only be two children selected for each house. Congratulations to all candidates. For 2021 our house captains and vice captains are:
Mulley: Captain - Grace O Vice-Captain - Declan D
Streeton: Captain - Alex L Vice-Captain - Laura C
Dixon: Captain - Elliot M Vice-Captain - Caitlin S
Hindmarsh: Captain - Ellie C Vice-Captain - Finn C
Nationally Consistent Collection of Data (NCCD)
Teachers are now required to make significant changes in the way they record adjustments to the learning program for students in their class. This recording of adjustments commenced two years ago and has continued this year. This development sees an enormous change in the way the school documents support for student learning, largely as a response to the much-publicised Gonski report of a few years ago. The Commonwealth government has acknowledged that many students require further support whilst at school, assisting them to develop skills they need for the future. Catholic Education (CE) in the Canberra and Goulburn Archdiocese realised that our teachers were putting in enormous efforts to individualise learning but not recording the adjustments. In response to this, teachers were asked to document all small and large adjustments in Personal Plans. The Personal Plans are stored in an online tool and Catholic Education draw on this data to assist the Commonwealth government in determining funding. Consequently, many more students have Personal Plans at St Jude’s than ever before.
Camp Australia Message
As 2021 approaches, we look forward to collaborating with St Jude's Primary School to welcome new families. Starting school is a major milestone for them and this transition process can be both exciting and challenging for children – and we relish the opportunity to help families during this time.
Helpful Information to get Families Started
We have developed our Parent Information Leaflet (emailed Monday) which includes information about OSHC, tailored programming, and how to register.
Virtual Information Sessions
CA will be hosting virtual information nights available for families at your school. These sessions will be run by local leaders from the Camp Australia OSHC community. Information about these sessions can be viewed here.
Bookings Now Open for 2021
Families can prepare for the new school year as OSHC bookings for 2021 are now open. They simply have to log in and register through our Parent Portal and start booking.
Special Offer for Newly Enrolled Families
For the next 3 weeks – all newly enrolled families that register with Camp Australia and make an OSHC booking for Term 1 will get a free session of Holiday Club to use in January.
Key Account Manager
Young children can say the most embarrassing things at times. I am sure we all have cringed thinking about those moments when one of our children blurted a comment about another person at the most inopportune time within earshot of the ‘victim’. Empathy is something that can be quite foreign to young children, but is gradually learnt throughout their youth. It’s a trait that is central to healthy relationships and successful interactions with others, both in professional and personal spheres of adult life. Therefore, the ability to develop empathy for others is something that needs to be spoken about explicitly with children.
Wishing you well
School Fees - Now Due
If you are leaving St Jude's this year, please ensure your school fees are paid prior to the end of the school year. Please contact Peter Galvin if you are experiencing financial difficulty paying school fees.
Scholastic Book Club
Thank you to those families who donated plastic bags to complete the Scholastic Book Club orders for this term. We have received plenty of bags!
A reminder that all Scholastic Book Club orders are now completed online, at this link: https://mybookclubs.scholastic.com.au/Parent/Login.aspx
Cash is not accepted.
Tomorrow our Year 5 and 6 students will be part of an Archdiocesan youth gathering called Illuminate. This event will be live streamed to eight other Catholic schools throughout Canberra and Goulburn. The Year 6 students will engage in a variety of activities that will strengthen their understanding of the Catholic faith while building connections with each other. It is a wonderful opportunity for our Year 5 students to be introduced to youth ministry in order to prepare them for Year 6. We look forward to welcoming a number of staff from Catholic Education along with other youth ministers from the Archdiocese who will be with us for the day.
A letter will be sent home next week with details and dates for the sacraments in 2021. If your child has been baptised as a Catholic, and in Year 3 in 2021, they will celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation. If your child has been baptised as a Catholic, and in Year 4 in 2021, they will celebrate the Sacrament of First Holy Communion. If your child has been baptised as a Catholic, and in Year 6 in 2021, they will celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation.
Christ the King
This Sunday’s liturgy marks the end of the liturgical cycle. Next week begins the new year with the season of Advent. The liturgy is celebrated as the Feast of Christ the King. For Jesus, the Kingdom was not a rule of power and status but a rule of justice and peace for even the lowliest. It is an apt conclusion to the liturgical year.
This Sunday’s Gospel from Matthew allows us to realise that the Kingdom of God is inclusive. Its embrace is as comprehensive as is the embrace of God. What we do for others, we do for Christ, because Christ is identified with those in need. We very seldom see the face of the glorified Christ in the faces of the needy; it is more often the face of the disfigured Christ that is turned to us. We see his fear and his shame, his brokenness and sense of loss. As difficult as it may be to look into such eyes, it is precisely the needy with whom Christ is identified.
Having entered into the frailty of human nature, identified himself with the needy, and handed himself over to death, in the end Christ will have conquered all. It is a curious kingdom that he has won, a kingdom of the weak rather than the strong. He has turned the standards of the world upside down. He has shown that it does not take strength to ignore or to exploit the needy, but it does take strength to overcome our own selfishness in order to serve them. The Kingdom that Christ hands over to God is a kingdom of love and care.
Susan Chant - St Jude's Primary School
Phone: 6288 7688
We had a surprise with the delivery of our Hatching Chicks on Monday with one chick having hatched on its way to the ELC. By 3pm on Monday we had two chicks ready to move from the incubator into their enclosure. Since Monday another two chicks have hatched and the children and staff are enjoying watching them grow and interact.
The Lobster class have delivered their pictures to the Weston Creek Post Office and the Turtle class have created their very own post office here at the ELC complete with a red post box, yellow express post box, parcels, letters and delivery bikes.
For the past few weeks the ELC children have been enjoying their lunch with the primary school students. The growth in the childrens confidence whilst in the large lunch space has been evident in their increased interactions with some joining ball games on the oval, their wide exploration of the many different play spaces and perfecting the monkey bars and larger fixed equiptment.
There has been a reported case of head lice at the ELC. As they are extremely contagious, we are asking that all families read the note emailed on Monday and check your child’s head/hair.
Working Bee Tomorrow
St Jude’s Primary School and Early Learning Centre are hosting a Working Bee from 4.30pm to 6.30pm this Friday 20 November. If you can spare an hour or two we would appreciate your help in moving mulch into our garden areas, weeding and tidying our outdoor space. If you can come along, please bring a shovel, rake, broom and wheelbarrow if possible.
ELC Fees – Cancel Auto Payments
It is important that you check your account balance to ensure you are paying the correct amount. As it is the last term of preschool, we appreciate your efforts to ensure accounts are up to date. As we approach the end of the year, please remember to cancel automatic payments to avoid overpayment of your account.
Fifth Lane Photography
$20 from each photo package purchased by families from our community will go towards ELC resources. If you are due for family photos or looking for a special Christmas gift check out their website and the great deal.
Gabrielle Adams - St Jude's ELC
This coming week is the last week with Joe Pettit, for our tennis program. Thank you very much Joe, for our 20 year old connection between St Jude’s and the Weston Tennis Club.
The iPLAY Program
Our school has signed up to be involved in the iPLAY program. Over the coming months, you can expect to hear more about this exciting program.
What is iPLAY?
iPLAY is a teacher professional development program, designed to provide primary school teachers with the skills and strategies to improve sport and PE lessons. Some of our teachers have signed up to be iPLAY Leaders (Kathy Laudenbach, Emily Holgate and Leanne Thomas). The iPLAY leaders will oversee small changes in the school to ensure children have plenty of opportunities to be physically active. Research has shown that children who are more physically active, perform better at school. The iPLAY program is here to help us increase student physical activity, improve learning and improve overall student health.
An ABC Classic Christmas Carol
An exciting opportunity for all choristers from the ABC below. I strongly encourage all choristers (and their families) to participate.
2020 has been a year of challenge and change, and our loved ones have never felt so far away. Christmas, with its promise of family, joy and festivity, has been a light at the end of this long tunnel, and will take on new significance for us all.
But the great news is that ABC Classic is bringing together Australia through song. And they want you to be part of it.
Australian composer and Yorta Yorta woman Deborah Cheetham has composed a brand new Christmas carol, giving voice to what Christmas means in 2020, and lifting our spirits as we approach the end of the year.
But every carol needs a choir, and so ABC Classic has created the inaugural Classic Choir to bring Christmas With You to life.
All you need to do is head along to an online rehearsal, led by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s Benjamin Northey, grab the music from our website, film yourself singing along, and upload it to abc.net.au/classic
Last week Year 3 had the pleasure of meeting local author Barbie Robinson (otherwise known as Molly and Toby S’s grandmother). She talked to the children about her book ‘Grandma’s Knicker Tree’ and the process of creating a book. The children were very interested in seeing the art work associated with her book as well. Thank you Barbie!
Verna Comley - Librarian
Phone: 6288 7688
The Mulleyduds Uniform Shop will be open
Wednesday's from 9am to 9.30am and
Friday's from 3pm to 3.30pm
for new and second hand school uniform.
Uniform orders can be paid for via Qkr! or with cash. All uniform orders, enquires, etc, should be directed to the uniform shop at email@example.com
Susana Lloyd, Skye Maguire and Alison Egan - Mulleyduds Uniform Shop
Thank you to all the volunteers who helped with the walkathon, and to all the families who have already returned their sponsorship forms. If you have yet to return yours, please do so by tomorrow. Prize raffles will be drawn at the Friday assembly next week. Money raised for the walkathon will support Community Council projects including the new shade sails, due to be installed this term over the rope playground, as well as a $2000 contribution to Surgeon Academy in Kenya, the school St Jude's has supported for eleven years.
Parent Representative Coordinator
Kate Reed, who has filled the role of Parent Rep Coordinator for several years now is leaving the school at the end of 2020. I thank Kate for all her hard work around the school over these past years and wish her luck moving forward next year. If you are interested in taking on this role, please email for more information.
Save the date for the school fete – 13 March 2021
We are still seeking several parents to fill positions on the fete committee. With the generosity of parents who volunteer their time and skills to help coordinate and organise the fete, we are able to raise funds every year for improvements around our school. The 2021 Fete will be raising money to build an outdoor eating area and learning space in the area adjacent to the shelter shed. Please consider volunteering to fill one of the Fete Committee positions so we can have a successful fete again in 2021.
The positions to be filled are:
- Fete Coordinator (duties include running fete committee meetings and overall coordination, which is a significantly smaller job this year due to the increased size of the fete committee)
- Secretary (responsible for generation of meeting minutes and agendas, great for someone who has just a little bit of time to give)
- Site Setup Coordinator (responsible for site surveys and stall placement, waste disposal on the day)
- General committee members (helping out with generic jobs and planning)
Charlotte Dalton - Community Council Chair
Yesterday Years 3 and 4 welcomed Ibu Alfira and Pak Mur from an Indonesian dance group called Suara Indonesia. We were treated to amazing Indonesian dances and we learnt some new Indonesian songs. A few children were also lucky enough to perform two of the dances and play on the musical instruments. Thank you Ibu Alfira and Pak Mur for visiting St Jude’s. The incursion was ‘bagus’!
Debra Reed - Indonesian Teacher
Phone: 6288 7688
~ Awards Week 5, Term 4 ~
KF – Ethan E, Valentina F
KT – Alice L, Aidan O
KH – Amara C, Max G
1H – Sophia H
1T – Adam A
1S – Samuel R
2D – Penny A, Jessica C
2H – Lucas H, Maya H
3LS – Arizona D, Nina S
3M – Hayden N
3S – Finn C, Dylan H
4L –Zoe VO, Isabelle G, Alex S
5L – Megan W, Tomislav P
6S – Jasmyn V, Holly C
6GC – Oliver H
School Banking is every Friday morning, unless advised otherwise.
If your child is interested in participating in our school banking program, please pick up an information brochure from the front office.