Dear Parents and Carers,
Welcome to Week 10 of Term 3. Feedback from parents is that they are possibly looking forward to a break from school more than their children. I have a reflection below which is pertinent for the 2 weeks of the school holiday period. Over the remote learning period I am sure that many of you have seen a different side of your child and your relationship has continued to evolve. With the break from remote learning, we are presented with an opportunity to recalibrate for a little while and again see our child for the many gifts and talents they offer which are not directly aligned to remote learning. Our current situation is different, not normal. However, it sometimes helps to bring back some normal into our lives:
To My Child
Just for this morning, I am going to smile when I see your face and laugh when I feel like crying.
Just for this morning, I will let you choose what you want to wear, and smile and say how perfect it is.
Just for this morning, I am going to step over the laundry and pick you up and take you outside to play.
Just for this morning, I will leave the dishes in the sink, and let you teach me how to put that puzzle of yours together.
Just for this afternoon, I will turn off my mobile, keep the computer off, and sit with you in the backyard and blow bubbles.
Just for this afternoon, I will let you help me bake cookies, and I won't stand over you and try to fix them.
Just for this afternoon, I will take us to McDonalds and buy us both a Happy Meal so that you can have both the toys.
Just for this evening, I will hold you in my arms and tell you a story about how you were born and how much I love you.
Just for this evening, I will let you splash in the tub and not get angry.
Just for this evening, I will let you stay up later and we will sit outside and count the stars.
Just for this evening, I will snuggle beside you and miss all my favourite television shows.
Just for this evening, when I run my fingers through your hair as you go off to sleep, I will simply be grateful that God has given me the Greatest gift ever.
And when I kiss you goodnight I will hold you a little tighter, a little longer, it is then that I will thank God for the gift that is you.
Remote Learning Update
Remote learning will begin on Tuesday October 5, Monday is the Labour Day Public Holiday. Earlier this week, after the announcement was made in relation to an extension of Remote Learning I sought feedback from parents and carers in relation to the current structures. I would like to thank the large number of parents who gave honest, open minded and reflective feedback. I think I would be understating it if I said that the current situation hasn’t been easy on anyone.
There was significant diversity in the responses, received from parents across all year levels. I have included a few below:
I just wanted to offer some feedback in relation to teams meetings with the extended lockdown.
My husband and I are both working from home during this period and we both have pretty demanding jobs.
We are a bit concerned that if teams is going to be utilised further next term, this family won't cope. We both have 3-4 teams meetings ourselves per day, add helping the kids with their meetings if they are having issues connecting it can be quiet stressful, especially if there are time clashes and this week there have been a few.
So while I appreciate it might be necessary to increase the workload of assistance given to students, it also comes as everyone is becoming just that bit more stressed about the situation.
On a brighter note, thanks to our teachers who are doing a great job.
Hi Mr Reed
Firstly, a big thanks to you and the staff in helping us through these past few weeks. It has been extremely seamless and the joy that my child gets from the MS Teams classroom catch up is appreciated. I overhear some of the conversations on the morning classroom chat and his teacher has the patience of a saint! Another highlight has been the Butterfly Room dedicated sessions. My two cents worth on the way forward is to have dedicated lessons (for example 20 minutes) on foundational subjects - for example maths and writing. As much as the pre-recorded videos are helping, I am finding that my child is more engaged when it is a live class. Interspersed with foundational subjects some fun activities via MS Teams would be appreciated as well.
Hope you're keeping as well as can be expected. Can I start by saying thank you for all that you're doing to lead the school through this challenging time. Your pragmatism, empathy and insightfulness is noticed and very much appreciated. The teachers are doing such a fabulous job with remote learning. It works best for our family to do school first thing in the morning at about 7:30am. We watch the lessons and do the literacy and numeracy tasks that were assigned from the previous day. It is very helpful to have the lessons pre-recorded so we can watch them when it works for our timetable with work, a toddler etc as opposed to having set live lessons throughout the day.
Many thanks for taking this into consideration.
Dear Mr Reed,
It would be great if teachers could run a few extra lessons on MS Teams to keep the children engaged more throughout the day. My child also learns more through the live sessions than through the pre-recorded sessions.
In an ideal world, we wouldn’t be doing remote learning. However, as you can see from the small selection of responses shared, each family’s needs are different. As such, the balance between remote learning and pre-recorded sessions will be different in each year level. Moving forward, we are aiming for:
- The majority of live sessions to be held before midday
- A transition to more of a teaching focus within the live sessions
- Opportunities for students to receive oral feedback
- Opportunities for smaller needs based optional MS Teams times throughout the week, with specific focuses
- Continuation of pre-recorded/recorded lessons in year levels where it is still appropriate
Before the beginning of next term, your child’s teacher will send through the schedule of learning for the first week via email. After the first week they will then be posted on Seesaw. I am always open to receiving feedback so please feel free to continue to contact me. However, if your feedback is grade specific, your first point of call is the classroom teacher.
Each of our specialist subjects transfer differently to remote learning. As such the plan moving forward will be as follows:
A grid of activities will be posted on Seesaw and emailed to the students for each grade level which aligns with the curriculum. Students will be able to select which activities to complete from the grid relating to performance, composition, listening & music appreciation and will be able to submit completed tasks via Seesaw as a video, audio or written task. Mrs Thomas will also join in on some of the live MS Team sessions. During some of these sessions she will join in on the pre-planned tasks whilst at other times she will facilitate a music activity.
As there are 21 classes (ELC to Year 6) and over 300 families this presents some logistical challenges. At this stage she is aiming to be present in every classroom at least once in the ten-day cycle.
We have received wonderful feedback on being able to come to the Front Office and return/collect new library books, after contact has been made with Mrs Comley. As such, Mrs Comley leading live MS Teams sessions would be challenging. Mrs Comley will also create a grid of library based activities and this will be placed on Seesaw. She has loved reviewing submissions and giving feedback. Mrs Comley will also continue to join in on some of the already scheduled live MS Teams sessions
Ibu Reed is again going to create a booklet of year level appropriate activities for the students to work through.
Ibu also teaches in Year 4, so is splitting her time between Indonesian and Year 4. Ibu will also aim to join in some of the already scheduled live MS Teams sessions.
Mr Kaltner has been our saviour in guiding and supporting us through the technical challenges of online learning.
He continues to provide professional development to staff, to ensure that our IT experiences are smooth and trouble free. He is also exploring IT options which teachers may be able to apply to their live or pre-recorded sessions.
Mr Kaltner will also aim to join in some of the already scheduled live MS Teams sessions.
The current situation dictates that all students are exposed to greater levels of screen time than they would normally be. As such, I hope that it is evident that we are trying to ensure a balance in modes of delivery and learning.
Rather than adding in additional MS Teams times for specialist subjects, which for many families, would present greater challenges, we will try to utilise the current schedule for each year level and work within those confines.
Camp Australia have continued to operate both Before and After School Care during the remote learning period. As per guidelines, this has been for children of essential workers or vulnerable children. During the upcoming school holiday period, they will again be offering a full day programme for children of essential workers or vulnerable children. I met recently with the Camp Australia Leadership Team and they outlined the COVID precautions that have been put in place. All bookings for either the Holiday Program or Before and After School Care during Term 4 can be made via the usual process.
On-Site Attendance at School in Term 4
To comply with the ACT Government COVID guidelines, I would like to request that if you intend sending your child to school because you are an essential worker or they are vulnerable, that you please email the Front Office firstname.lastname@example.org at the beginning of each week. This ensures that we are appropriately staffed and are supporting those members of our community who are most in need of help.
I am in the process of working through our staffing requirements for 2022. At this stage we have very few students leaving. If your child won't be attending St Jude’s in 2022 can you please contact the Front Office email@example.com at your earliest convenience.
As I am sure you are aware, Term 4 is an extremely busy term. I am glad that it is 11 weeks as it might enable us to still hold some of our community events towards the lead up to Christmas. Rest assured, we are pushing events back as late as possible and are exploring a variety of options outside of cancelling for events that may be impacted by COVID restrictions. As the term evolves, we will be in touch with further details.
In closing, it has been a tumultuous term, one that possibly none of us could have predicted. Thank you for everything you have done and are continuing to do in maintaining the continuity of your child’s learning, it would be near on impossible without your support and the sacrifices you are making. Over the school holiday break, please take some time to recharge, in whatever form that takes. As always, take care and stay safe.
Cameron Reed - Principal
Phone: 6288 7688
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO
We will be thinking of you all and wish you lots of fun as you celebrate your birthdays at home.
Your Birthday Award will be here for you to collect when you return to school.
6G 'Warm and Fuzzy' reflections of St Jude's Staff
Created from an idea by Grace M
Over the past few weeks, the teachers and staff of our school have been working incredibly hard for all of us students. In honour of last week’s R U OK Day, we would like to share what we love most about all our teachers and members of the staff, and say thank you for all the effort they have put in for us all! Grace M, 6G
Mrs Cowley: Mrs Cowley, we love when we get to come to your Kindergarten class where we get to play with our buddies or teach them, but my favourite thing is when we get to talk to you. Harri
Mrs Henry: Mrs Henry you are a teacher I will never forget. There’s never a dull moment in your class, and you made each lesson fun. You're amazing!! Caitlin
Mrs Feerick: Mrs Feerick is amazing and beautiful and she is a great person to look up to. You would be truly blessed to have her as your teacher. Milly
Miss Holgate: Miss Holgate, you are always so kind and aware of everyone. Your smile always lifts my spirits, and I’m sure it is the same for everyone else! Grace
Mrs Smith (1S): You are smart and understanding and ready to give a helping hand. Year 6 didn’t have you as a teacher but anyone who has would have loved every second.
Miss T - The way you are always thoughtful and aware of everyone brings smiles to our school. Hannah
Ms Sallecchia: Ms Sallecchia is a great teacher and an excellent role model. She is patient and kind, and she inspires her students to achieve their goals and make the right choices. Ellie
Mrs Hart: You brighten everyones day by singing and we all love your compassion (as well as your dresses). Luke
Ms Delaney: Ms Delaney has a big voice and an even bigger heart. She cares so much about her students and works very hard to bring out the best in all of them. Ellie
Mrs Kaur: Mrs Kaur you have the best smile, you’re good at explaining maths, and you're the best teacher to my brother. Kaeden
Mrs Stincic: Mrs Stincic I love how you are ready for anything, and I love your can-do attitude. Megan
Mrs Thiele: You are one of the most giving people I know. You always have a smile on your face and love teaching us, and thank you for giving my brother the best start to Saint Jude's. Alex
Mrs Rice: Thank you Mrs Rice for teaching me in Year 4. You were a wonderful teacher and great at telling funny stories. We all hope you are doing well in lockdown! Charlotte
Mrs Lloyd: You are always so fun and positive to your students and I love how your watch always responds during our lessons! Rio
Mr Stephens: You are a really fun teacher with a great sense of humour. You make me laugh with your funny jokes and funny comments. Elliot
Mrs L: You are the best teacher in the school. Why? Because you are always making students laugh, you are always explaining things in the best way possible, and lastly we always have fun when we are around you. Daniel
Mrs Lynch: You are a wonderful person and are great at finding new and fun ways for us to learn. We are all grateful for having such an amazing and kind teacher. Thank you for being there for all of us, wish you the happiest of holidays! Elise
Mrs VanDeas: Mrs VanDeas is very good at explaining things in a calm way and is very understanding. Rosie
Mrs Kerr: Mrs Kerr, you are incredibly hard working and are always willing to help absolutely anyone who needs it. Your enthusiasm is always a welcome sight! Grace
Butterfly Room Staff: Thank you for helping us out when we are having tough times at school. If you were not here I’m not sure where we’d be! You play a very important part in our learning experience and have helped us all to be our best! Thank you for your hard work in making sure we have a great time at school! Elise
Mr Kaltner: Mr Kaltner you're a kind and gentle person. We are so lucky to have you at our school with your amazing talent for fixing things! What would we do without you? Abbey
Mrs Kelly: Mrs Kelly is funny and kind and motivates you to try harder and harder. Mitch
Ms Smith (Monkey Meeting Room): You are such a lovely person. You are patient and caring and have an inspiring ‘can do’ attitude towards everything, that makes everyone smile. Abbey
Mrs Reed: Mrs Reed always has a nice small and a lovely laugh for everyone at school. Rosie
Mrs Thomas: Mrs Thomas, you are always in a happy mood, you always have a great smile and you are the best music teacher ever. Kaeden
Mrs Comley: Thank you for teaching us about new exciting things which happen in the realm of books which I have grown to love over my years at St Judes because of you! Amy
Mrs Manera: Thank you for your sweetness and helpfulness around the whole school even when you aren’t asked! Amy
Mrs Hancock: You are so kind and caring and always takes care of us when we are hurt and unwell! Rio
Mrs Taylor: You are always so kind and compassionate and you always do your best to help people who come into the office! Rio
Mr Fulton: You are kind, fun and you teach us when our teachers are busy. I love how you run maths extension groups. Thank you. Declan
Mr Reed: Mr Reed your optimistic attitude shines through in all you do. Megan
Thank You Grace, 6G and Mrs Gibson
As we move into the holiday break, this Sunday's Gospel reminds us that if anyone wants to be first, they must make themself last of all and servant of all. This is as challenging to us today as it was to the disciples and early Christians.
Jesus spoke about the little children as an example, welcoming them in His name. At the time, children were regarded as complete nobodies, they had no status, but if you treat a nobody with respect, you treat all with respect.
So as we continue our lockdown during a time when we would be out travelling, socialising and spending, let's remember those who are often forgotten in our world. Those who are yet to have access to testing materials or vaccines. Those who's mental health cannot cope with such change. Those who's standard of hygiene suffers, through no fault of their own. Those who's country's infection rates are spreading so quickly that medical treatment can't keep up and they suffer alone.
And may this time bring us closer to our families, to respect and appreciate them even more.
Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday break.
Brigitta van Deas - RE Coordinator
Happy Birthday Elsie R and Nicholas
What a term we have all had. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your persistence, dedication and support while we all get accustomed to home learning. You have all done a fabulous job of balancing your work, home life and schooling commitments. We hope you manage to find some quality down time this holiday period.
St Jude’s Mini Floriade
Have you seen the gnomes in our makeshift Floriade garden? Mrs Slatter has been working tirelessly planting bulbs in our surrounding gardens for our gnomes. You can find them in the gardens in and around the primary school and ELC, some also have a special message just for you. If you have not yet collected a gnome for painting, it is not too late. Contact the ELC office to arrange a collection time.
ELC Holiday ProgramAs current lockdown restrictions have been extended to Friday 15 October, holiday care will only be offered to children of essential workers, vulnerable families and children whose parents are working from home and cannot reasonably provide care whilst working.
Term 4 Home Learning
At this stage ACT students from Preschool to Year 10 will continue remote learning for at least the first four weeks of term 4. The ELC will continue using Seesaw as their main way of communicating group and individual tasks, group sessions and morning check-ins. Thank you to the parents who completed the survey sent out via Seesaw asking for feedback on the remote learning provided so far. From these surveys, it was identified that many families and children are missing seeing their friends. From the beginning of Term 4, teachers will be using MS Teams to have whole class live sessions. More information will be provided by your child’s teachers via email.
If you are on the ELC grounds, please remember you are required to register on the Check In CBR app and to wear a face mask at all times.
We are continuing to waive gap fees for children who are not attending preschool. If your statement includes a ‘due now’ amount, this is an outstanding balance from earlier in the term and prompt payment would be appreciated. However if you are experiencing financial difficulty due to the current lockdown, please contact the ELC office.
All the staff at the ELC wish you a very safe and restful holidays. We hope you have an opportunity to enjoy the spring sunshine and some quality family time.
Karen Leighton - St Jude's Early Learning Centre
Phone: 6287 5520
All upcoming School Sport ACT Regional Events have been either cancelled or re-scheduled to Term 4 due to current lockdown restrictions. If you are looking for more information please visit the School Sport ACT website - https://schoolsportact.org.au/
Some SSACT dates, which may change, that I can share with you for 2022 are:
Thursday 31 March (Week 8 Term 1) - Primary South/Weston Region Carnival (Stromlo Leisure Centre)
Wednesday 4 May (Week 2 Term 2) - ACT 12years&U Swimming Championships (AIS)
Cross Country –
Wednesday 1 June (Week 6 Term 2) - Primary South/Weston Region Carnival (Stromlo)
Wednesday 15 June (Week 8 Term 2) - ACT 12years&U and 13years&O Championships (Stromlo)
Track and Field –
Tuesday 16 August (Week 5 Term 3) – Primary South/Weston Region Carnival (Woden Park)
Thursday 8 September (Week 8 Term 3) – 12years&U ACT Championship (Woden Park)
A number of Summer sports have been in contact with us – if you are keen to join a team after lockdown please look on the school website for some interesting sports such as Cricket with Weston Creek Molonglo Junior Cricket club - www.westoncreekmolonglojuniors.act.cricket.com.au
Weston Creek Tennis club - https://play.tennis.com.au/westoncreektennisclub
Indoor Sports at Weston - https://westonis.com.au/
How much physical activity do children need?
- Children and youth should participate in at least 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous (‘huff and puff’) physical activity every day.
- On at least three days per week, children should engage in activities that strengthen muscle and bone.
This activity doesn’t all have to be done at once. It can be built up through the day.
A huge thank you to our Year 6 students and teachers for sharing some active exercises for all our students to be challenged at home!
Leanne Thomas - Sports Coordinator
Last week students were asked to share a song from a family member, it was lovely going down memory lane with all the fabulous contributions.
This week, our Junior students in ELC to Year 2 are being challenged to learn a song, e.g. I Like Aeroplane Jelly, I'm a Lovely Little Petunia, Octopus Garden, My Paddle and Land of the Silverbirch.
Our Senior students have been challenged to compose a piece of music to a short film clip, e.g. The Feather in Forrest Gump, A chase scene in Wallace and Gromit, or the beginning of The Sound of Music. We look forward to seeing some amazing performances from all our students at St Jude’s.
Leanne Thomas - Specialist Music Teacher
Thank you to everyone who has been wanting new books and reaching out to the Library. It’s a pleasure to be able to make this happen!
So…if you would like new books for the holidays please send me an email today or early tomorrow so I have time to gather some resources for your family. You can then collect them from the front office area.
Here is a challenge for the holidays if you would like! (Fun only!!)
Take a photo of yourself reading in your favourite place or an unusual place and post it to Library next term. Here’s some to check out! Enjoy!
Verna Comley - Librarian
The Butterfly Team will continue to provide book packs every fortnight to all students who participate in the reading program. Remote Learning reading sessions will continue in Term 4. Mrs Kerr will contact parents early in week 1 with an invitation to participate. The Butterfly Team will continue to support our vulnerable learners who are at school each day.
Kerri Kerr - Classroom Support Teacher - Butterfly Room
Hi St Jude’s staff, parents and carers! Below are some faith notices for you and your families in lockdown.
Online Youth Group
Youth Group will be online this Sunday 19 September! We have been looking at the theme of “Prayer” this term, and this Sunday’s session will be on the “Sign of the Cross”. At Youth Group we play some games, learn about the topic and have the opportunity for any questions to be asked. Meeting online from 4pm-5pm, Youth Group is for all children in Grades 4, 5, and 6. Email me if your child is keen to join in! You’ll be sent the consent form and meeting platform details.
Online Mass - 9am Sunday with our Parish Priest Fr Michael
Our Parish has a new YouTube channel! Message to our Parish School Communities
The link for Our Lady of the Annunciation Parish YouTube channel can also be found on the school website under 'Latest News'.
Alternatively, the Canberra- Goulburn Archdiocese Mass is streamed at 11am every Sunday and said by Archbishop Christopher. It can be accessed from https://www.catholicvoice.org.au/mass-online/.
Archdiocese Live-streamed Rosary
While our churches are closed, I would like to invite you all to pray the Rosary via Zoom every Wednesday and Friday @ 4 pm. All you need are your Rosary beads and your intentions.
TIME: Every Wednesday and Friday at 4 pm sharp
ZOOM DETAILS: Simply click on the link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85022458332?pwd=MDZ4ODFhNjIvdnpFd21aVDQzWnAydz09
Or enter in the details below after opening the Zoom appMeeting ID: 850 2245 8332
Mental Health Resource: Iceberg Initiative
Let the following list be your reminder for this week to check up on your mental wellbeing!
Parish of the Annunciation Newsletter
Find the weekly Parish Newsletter here! https://stjjvwestoncreek.blogspot.com/p/bulletins.htm
Praying for you all in lockdown!
Maria Corson - St Jude's CSYMA Youth Minister