At the beginning of Lent, we reflect and then take action through almsgiving, prayer and sacrifice. This week we have been privileged to be involved in some very beautiful Holy Week liturgies. Started by Kinder last Friday, who shared the message of celebration and excitement aligned with Palm Sunday. As the week has evolved, we have also reflected upon Holy Thursday and Good Friday. The students have led us through reflective, reverent and respectful liturgies. As a staff we have also gathered to reflect on key messages of Holy Week during staff prayer as well as a shared lunch where we explored the perspectives of each of the 12 Apostles.
Reflections on the Term
Wow, it is hard to believe that we have come to the end of term 1. This morning at assembly, I thanked all of the students for the friendliness and care they have shown to me. I have always felt very welcome. The staff have also been very supportive in walking with me through numerous initiatives which continue to enhance both our educational and physical environments. There have been so many highlights, from sporting carnivals to Year 5 and 6 camp, being the mystery reader at ELC and getting to know many of our students by name. I would also like to thank the Community Council for their ongoing support. If I have one regret, it is that we have not been able to gather as a community as often as I would like. Our start of year picnic was washed out and the fete being postponed didn’t help. I am working with the Community Council to explore options for term 2 that fit within COVID-19 guidelines.
System Based Pupil Free Days
Last year, a decision was made to have two system based pupil free days. These dates are Monday 19 April and Monday 12 July. During these two days, all staff will be involved in professional learning aligned with Catalyst. Camp Australia are offering out of school support on these days. You can book in through the usual method.
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.
With COVID-19 restrictions, it is challenging to gather. However, we are exploring a plan of sub dividing space across the school grounds and allocating year levels to those specific spaces. We are looking at Saturday 24 April weather permitting. Projects identified include moving mulch, weeding and trimming. Anyone with a wheelbarrow, shovel and gardening tools is welcome. It would be great to have the school grounds looking nurtured for our open day in May.
A very sincere thank you to our parents who have helped out with BBQs, swimming and cross country carnivals, uniform shop, canteen, reading and learning support, excursions as well as any other areas I have missed. Your contributions have made a significant difference.
Wishing you and your family a very rest filled and safe holiday break. Looking forward to their return on Tuesday 20 April.
Cameron Reed - Principal
Phone: 6288 7688
H a p p y B i r t h d a y t o
Nina S, Ari N, Abigail H, Isaac M, Alec B, Oliver W, Henry L, Michael F,
William R, Kate H and Caleb H.
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everyone celebrating their birthday during the school holidays.
This annual event will be held on Friday 30 April. The Walkathon will be approximately 5 km for the older children (less for the younger ones) and it will follow a similar path as the Cross Country track.
All funds raised go to the Community Council who in turn use this money to pay for improved facilities for the children. Just in the last few years the CC has been fundraising to pay for:
- installation of a shade over the sand pit
- the new playground
- installation of a shade structure over this new playground (this is about to commence)
- air conditioning in all classrooms
- display cables in all classrooms.
Walkathon day is always a fun day and one the children look forward to. I thank you for your support in anticipation of the event.
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:
I knew the story, and I knew there was a place for me in that story and a place for Jesus in my story. There was a place for me in that long, sad walk. There was a place for me in the life of Christ.
That is why we go.
We go to embed that story in our hearts so that our hearts can be embedded in Jesus.
We go to prepare for the time when each of us must carry our cross — when our friends betray us or deny us or abandon us and only strangers come to help us.
We go so that when we make those dark crossings, we will know and those who follow us will know with absolute certainty that we are not alone, that we are not unloved and that there is a place for us, and there is a life for us.
We become what we do. So we practice doing that story so that when we stumble our way into our own private Golgothas we will remember that the cross we are given to carry does not lead us to death — it leads us through death, into Easter.
~ Michael Fallon
Lent is an important time to turn our thoughts into actions and give alms to those less fortunate. This term we raised $831.55 for Project compassion, supporting those who are working to 'Be More' in their community. Well done St Jude's.
Today we participated in the final Holy Week Liturgies: The Last Supper and Stations of the Cross. Thank you to those classes working hard to prepare a reflective, reverent liturgy for their peers. Here are some photos to enjoy.
Holy Week @ the Parish
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: 8.00am Office of Readings from the Roman Breviary at St Jude Church.
Saturday Easter Vigil 3 April: 7.30pm Mass at St Jude's Church. 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's Church Holder. No Confession.
Please complete Qkr! payment as soon as possible so that mass allocations can be made. You will be notified of your date by the end of the holidays.
‘Your Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path’
Wishing you all a happy Easter,
Brigitta van Deas - RE Coordinator
H a p p y B i r t h d a y t o
Wishing Hannah and her family all the very best on their move up north.
Mr Reed was the Mystery Reader in the Turtles classroom last week. He read "Giraffes Can’t Dance". Thank you to all our term 1 mystery readers. Last week our St John Vianney’s year 5 buddies came for their first visit to the ELC and spent time getting to know the children in the Turtle and Lobster class. We look forward to their next visit! This week has been a week of Cross Country running with the Turtle and Stingrays running yesterday and the Lobsters today. Thank you to Molly and Brodie who led the ELC children in a Holy Week reflection.
In considering changing the enrolment options available to future ELC families, Catholic Education would love you to complete a very short nine question online survey by 5pm today. Your feedback will help to establish if families value the choice of opting in/out of holiday programs, before and after preschool programs and identify what is important to families when choosing an Early Learning Centre for their child/children. To complete the survey, click this link:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScrM3bc6eemHq5YQUzjGRDe2h7ZzF8ZdBv8nagCgnLNne692A/viewform?usp=sf_link. Thank you for taking the time.
First Week of Term 2
Monday 19 April – ELC Holiday Program for those who have booked in, 7.30am to 6pm.
Tuesday 20 April – Stingrays and Turtles first day of term 2.
Thursday 22 April – Lobsters first day of term 2.
Term 2 Wednesdays
Stingrays Wednesdays will remain on odd weeks and Lobsters Wednesdays will remain on even weeks.
For part time classes, our Wednesdays should align with government preschool weeks. If your child attends a different form of care, please double check that your Wednesdays line up.
Please let us now if this arrangement adversely affects your child’s care on Wednesdays.
The St Jude’s Walkathon will be held on Friday 30 April for Turtles/Lobsters and Wednesday 5 May for the Stingrays class.
ELC April Holiday Program
The ELC April Holiday Program will run from Tuesday 6 April to Monday 19 April from 8:30am to 5:30pm each day. Holiday program bookings cannot be processed if fees are in arrears.
Final Term Fees and Holiday Care Fees Due
Final term 1 fees and Holiday Program fees are now due. The last statement was unusual in that it included only one week of term fees plus holiday care, so 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. The statement you will receive today includes term 2 resource fee ($65), gymnastic program ($75) and weeks 1 and 2 of term 2. Today’s statement is due Friday 16 April.
Gabrielle Adams - St Jude's ELC
Phone: 6287 5520
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!
Any children interested in representing St Jude's who are in year 3, 4, 5 and 6 please give your name to Mrs Thomas or email email@example.com
School Sport ACT
Anyone interested in trialling 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
Our Senior and Junior Choir participated in term 1, recording with Mr Kaltner and the Year 6 publishing team. We are able to see some of the fabulous work the students have been preparing on our website thanks to Mr Kaltner. More videos will continue to be updated on the website. If you would like to view them please go to our website - https://stjudesps.schoolzineplus.com/ and find the choir tile on the homepage.
Leanne Thomas - Specialist Music Teacher
The Mulleyduds Uniform Shop will be open from 3.00pm to 3.30pm on:
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 firstname.lastname@example.orgPlease 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
Next term our Reading Challenge for all classes will be inspired by the Olympics so should be fun for all! I will provide more information next term!
During the holidays, the Public Library Service is available free for everyone and is a good habit to develop. Try visiting!
Verna Comley - Librarian
Phone: 6288 7688
Over the past month, artist Wendy Rix has been working tirelessly painting totem poles around the school. Each set of poles has a connection to different animals around Australia with many focusing on the local fauna of Canberra. These poles will be a resource for teachers and students to celebrate Aboriginal culture and highlight the connection they have with animals and the land. If you have a moment, feel free to come and check out the poles located around the senior playground all the way through to the ELC. A special thank you to Wendy Rix for all her hard work which has enhanced our school community.
Tim Stephens - Year 5 Classroom Teacher
~ Awards Week 8, Term 1 ~
1S – Eliza W, Sidney H
1T – Flynn W
1H – Dashiell CW
2H – Emma R, Nicholas F
2LS – Abby M, Eve L
3M – Buster O, Penny A
3S – Evie M, Caleb H
4LR – Hanna H, Hamish G
4R – Kenisha K
5L – Cooper W, Archie B
6G – Daniel F, Margot S