Feast of the Annunciation
25 March is the Feast of the Annunciation. Exactly nine months before the birth of Jesus. Mary said YES. I was talking with some students this morning and they asked some interesting questions:
What if Mary had said no?
What would I do if an Angel suddenly appeared?
What is the message of this story?
It’s a wonderful experience when students want to make meaning and connections with whatever we are discussing. It’s even more important for them to have an informed and appropriate explanation. Fortunately, our students don’t have any issues asking Why? Mary gave her entire life to her faith, it was great to listen to the discussions of how our older students may have responded. Today the students learnt about this important Feast day, we shared a BBQ lunch, Year 6 attended Mass and we participated in Buddy activities. Today also marks the 10th anniversary of Father Michael’s ordination. As a school community we would like to congratulate Fr Michael and thank him for his continued support and ongoing leadership in our faith journey. Our year 6 students presented Fr Michael with a gift after Mass. Thank you also to our volunteers who assisted Mike in the canteen with cooking and preparing today’s sausage sizzle. Many hands made light work.
System Based Pupil Free Days
Last year, a decision was made to have two system based pupil free days. These dates are Monday April 19 and Monday July 12. During these two days, all staff will be involved in professional learning aligned with Catalyst. I am currently working with Camp Australia to organise the continuation of the holiday program for these dates. This information will be shared once it is finalised.
Holy Week Liturgies
Starting tomorrow, the students will begin to walk the Holy Week journey. Our Kinder students will be leading us through the Palm Sunday experience. Next week, other year levels will continue the story. Unfortunately, because of COVID-19 restrictions we are not able to have parents attend indoor liturgies, ie in the hall or Church. You might however, like to ask your child what they saw and learnt.
This presents us with a daily, ongoing issue. We have been informed by the police that anyone parking illegally will be booked. Please refrain from parking on the grass area, or within proximity of road intersections. I have noticed that traffic tends to clear pretty quickly after the bell, and we love having parents at school, however, this is an ongoing challenge, which I am in talks with CE to explore options about.
The waterfall at the front of the school has been an ongoing issue for a considerable time. I am meeting with Geoff Whitnall from CE next Monday afternoon to talk through some options. At one stage on Monday, we were contemplating building an ark.
Enrolment Period for 2022
The enrolment period begins Monday 3 May and runs through until Friday 28 May. We are currently finalising our enrolment packages for interested families. St Jude’s has exclusive enrolment zones within Holder and Duffy. Weston and Molonglo are areas shared with St John Vianney’s. If you are considering St Jude’s for your child or know of others who may be considering us, our open day will be held in early May and publicised through the newsletter and other advertising opportunities.
Wishing you a lovely weekend.
Cameron Reed - Principal
Phone: 6288 7688
Download Check In CBR App
When attending St Jude's for an event such as the Cross Country, Walkathon, etc, please ensure you have downloaded the Check In CBR app and check in on your arrival.
To register your visit, the QR Code is located throughout the school corridors and in the entrance of our school hall for your use. Refer to the information below on how to check in.
Please maintain social distancing of 1.5 meters at all times when attending St Jude's.
Car Park Etiquette
A reminder that if your child requires assistance at the Kiss and Drop, please move to the car park to keep the Kiss and Drop line moving forward.
Some parents have been expressing concern about car park etiquette at drop-off/pick up times. Please turn off your engines if you are waiting in your car. Some parents have been leaving their engines on whilst sitting in the car waiting for the bell. Whilst this is understandable if it is an incredibly hot day, there is no reason to do it otherwise.
Also a reminder that if your child requires assistance at the Kiss and Drop, please move to the car park to keep the Kiss and Drop line moving forward.
Current families enrolled with Camp Australia can book their children into holiday care using this link:
FORMATION EVENING #3 TONIGHT
Tonight is the third Formation Night with Fr Michael, preparing candidates for their Reconciliation or First Eucharist. 6pm-7pm at St John Vianney’s Church.
If you are not able to make it, please contact the Parish to let Fr Michael know on WestonCreek@cg.org.au
This weekend is the final Mass allocated to hand in your Commitment form and make your preferences for Sacrament of Eucharist Mass. If we do not receive your form, you will be allocated to any weekend.
Other Sacramental Dates
St Jude’s Church 5pm
SJV Church 9am
Sacrament of Reconciliation
27 May & 3 June
St Jude’s Church
Sacrament of Eucharist
Candidates may choose any Mass on the following weekends to receive their Sacrament
22/23 May 29/30 May
5/6 June 12/13 June
19/20 June 26/27 June
St Jude’s Church (5pm Saturday and Sunday Nights)
SJV Church (9am Sunday morning)
Parish Feast Day
Today also marks the 10th anniversary of Fr Michael’s Ordination. We warmly congratulate Fr Michael on his Anniversary and pray for God’s Grace to continue guiding him through his ministry. Year 6 attended Mass with Fr Michael and presented him with a statue of the sleeping Joseph, for the year of St Joseph. St Joseph is a guide for all of us, a silent but attentive protector.
Students will participate in Holy Week Liturgies starting next week. Thank you to those classes working hard to prepare a reflective, reverent liturgy for their peers.
Friday - Palm Sunday celebration led by Kinder.
Thursday - Holy Thursday, led by year 4. Good Friday and Stations of the Cross, led by year 6.
Holy Week @ the Parish
Chrism Mass – Join the Archbishop and the Clergy of the Archdiocese on Monday 29 March at 5.00pm in St Christopher’s Cathedral. Bookings for this Mass will be required through trybooking Your ticket will need to be presented at the door. https://www.trybooking.com/BPFAJ
Lenten Stations of the Cross will be at St John Vianney Church, Friday 26 March, 7pm at St Jude’s Church.
Holy Thursday 1 April: 7.30pm Mass at St Jude’s followed by the procession to the Chapel of Repose. Adoration in the School Hall until 10.00pm.
Good Friday 2 April: 11.00am Stations of the Cross in St Jude’s Church followed by confessions.
Solemn Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion 3.00pm at St John Vianney Church.
Holy Saturday 3 April: 8am, Office of Readings from the Roman Breviary at St Jude Church.
Saturday Easter Vigil: 7.30pm Mass, 3 April. Lighting of the Paschal Candle outside the Church.
Easter Sunday 4 April: 9.00am Mass, St John Vianney Church, Adoration and Confession from 8am. 5pm Mass at St Jude Church Holder. No Confession
‘Your Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path’
Blessings to you all
Brigitta van Deas - RE Coordinator
H a p p y B i r t h d a y t o
Leonardus W and Novak T
It has been a fortnight of celebrations here at the ELC with a very green St Patrick’s Day, an orange Harmony Day, a visit from the Reptile Man, a Year 5 Happy Camper buddies day with a Pyjama, pillows and popcorn, and a morning of meeting our St John Vianney’s Year 5 buddies.
St Jude’s Cross Country
The Stingrays and Turtles will participate in the Cross Country Carnival on Wednesday 31 March and the Lobsters on Thursday 1 April. A special lunch order meal deal has been offered on those days.
The St Jude’s Walkathon will be held on Friday 30 April (Wednesday 28 April for the Stingrays class). Look out for further information and Walkathon sponsorship cards which will be in notes pockets soon.
ELC April Holiday Program
The ELC April Holiday Program will run from Tuesday 6 April to Friday 16 April from 8.30am to 5.30pm each day. If you have not yet made your holiday care bookings, please email the ELC office as soon as possible on firstname.lastname@example.org. Holiday program bookings cannot be processed if fees are in arrears.
Holiday Care Monday 19 April
A reminder that Stingrays and Turtles classes will resume on Tuesday 20 April. In line with the Pupil Free days at the primary schools, the ELC will be offering a Holiday Program on Monday 19 April from 7.30am to 6pm at a cost of $85.
Final Term Fees and Holiday Care Fees Due
Final term 1 fees and Holiday Care fees are due tomorrow, Friday 26 March. The last statement was unusual in that it included only one week of term fees plus holiday care. Please take a minute to check your ‘amount due’ to ensure your account is paid correctly. As it is the end of term, prompt payment of fees is appreciated.
Gabrielle Adams - St Jude's ELC
This week, we held our Cross Country Carnival. A huge thank you to all of our volunteers who assisted on the day. Thank you for sharing your valuable time with us. Congratulations to Streeton House for winning the Cross Country cup for 2021!
School Sport ACT
Anyone interested in trialing for various regional sports, please log on to the School Sport ACT website and register. If your child is interested in competing in the regional competitions, it is the responsibility of the parents to monitor the website for any upcoming sporting events. We would love to be able to acknowledge achievement in our school newsletter.
If you or your child is interested in participating in a community sport but don’t know where to look, please visit the new Sports Australia website, which has some fabulous information about opportunities for all the family to be involved in sport.
It’s nearly holiday time! The holidays are a great time to be active with friends and family. Keep active during the holidays by:
- Planning ahead and scheduling a regular time for physical activity each day.
- Keeping a football, Frisbee, skipping rope, scooters or bat and ball in your car.
- Limiting the amount of time your children are allowed to spend watching TV, using the internet and playing consoles to 2 hours each day.
- Swapping playing inside for playing outside.
- Planning friend and family visits with a view to being active e.g. play cricket in the backyard, go to the park or swimming at the beach or baths. Remember to take bikes, tennis rackets, balls and other active equipment.
- Trying out a variety of different physical activities.
Keep active during the holidays by Walking, Riding, or Scootering. Try these tracks:
- Gibraltar Peak
- Mt Ainslie
- Yankee Hat Track
- Church Rock Heritage Loop
- Mount Franklin Track
- Booroomba Rocks
- Granite Tors
- Mount Painter Summit walk
- The Settlers Track
- Nursery Swamp
Visit the GO play website www.goplay.nsw.gov.au
Leanne Thomas - Sports Coordinator
*The Lifeline Bookfair is at Thoroughbred Park*
Thursday 25 March 9.00am – 4:00pm
Friday 26 March 9.00am – 6:00pm
Saturday 27 March 9.00am – 4:00pm
Sunday 28 March 9:00am – 4:00pm
Please note: For your safety, the event will be held in strict accordance with ACT Health regulations.
*Next week children may take an extra book home for the school holidays if they choose*
Just remember your Library bag!!
Verna Comley - Librarian
Phone: 6288 7688
The Mulleyduds Uniform Shop will be open from 3.00pm to 3.30pm on:
Thursday 25 March
Thursday 8 April and
Thursday 22 April
for new and second hand school uniform.
It is now time to order winter uniform. Please be mindful when ordering uniform that due to the current COVID-19 situation, some stock will take longer than normal to arrive. In this instance, we are happy for your children to wear a plain coloured jumper, until the new stock arrives.We thank you for your continued patience.
The uniform shop needs your help! If you have some spare time and would like to volunteer in the uniform shop, please send Tanya and Alison an email.
Uniform orders can be paid for via Qkr! or with cash. All uniform orders, enquiries, etc, should be directed to the uniform shop at email@example.comPlease take note of the new email adress.
St Jude's would like to thank our wonderful volunteers for giving us their time to run the Mulleyduds Uniform Shop. We would be lost without you!
Tanya Jackson and Alison Egan - Mulleyduds Uniform Shop
Kindergarten had so much fun exploring the habitats at the Botanic Gardens last week. The children saw water dragons, yabbies, lizards, kookaburras, a bee hotel, amazing trees that were really old, beautiful flowers and lots of different animal poo!! The children were encouraged to think about ways they can help to protect precious habitats in the future and we know that the planet is in safe hands with our Kinder Habitat Heroes!
Bulbs Direct Express Fundraising
Bulb orders have now closed. If you have any questions, please call Julie Ford on 0419 405 728 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for supporting your school community, Julie Ford.
Hot Cross Buns Fundraising
The Community Council has partnered with Bakers Delight at Cooleman Court to bring to you Hot Cross Buns!
Order forms are available on the web and payment can be made with cash or via Qkr!
Hot Cross Bun orders are due by COB Monday 29 March and will be delivered to you on Wednesday 31 March (second last day of term).
You can email your order forms to email@example.com or drop them in to the Front Office.
Many thanks, Rebecca Roberts.
School Banking is every Friday morning, unless advised otherwise.
Please remind your children to place their bank books in their class message folder each Friday morning. This will ensure that their banking will be completed that day.