Jesus the teacher
He never taught a lesson in a classroom……. He had no tools to work with, no blackboards, maps or charts…..He used no subject outlines, kept no records, gave no grades, and his only text was ancient and well worn….. His students were the poor, the lame, the deaf, the blind, the outcast – and His method was the same for all who came to hear and learn…. He opened eyes with faith….. He opened ears with simple truth, and opened hearts with love, a love born of forgiveness….a gentle man, a humble man. He asked and won no honours, no gold awards of tribute to his expertise or wisdom…. And yet, this quiet teacher from the hills of Galilee has fed the needs, fulfilled the hopes and changed the lives of many millions…. For what he taught brought Heaven to earth and God’s heart to all.
Return to School:
As circulated last week, ELC, K,1,2 & 6 will return to school on Monday 25 October and Years 3,4 & 5 will return on Monday 1 November. We are all looking toward these dates with hope, optimism and a small amount of trepidation. The safety and wellbeing of students and staff is the primary consideration of any decision related to re-opening schools. St Jude’s School and ELC follows various COVID-19 Safe requirements as advised by ACT Health which seek to prevent and minimise the transmission of COVID-19.
These requirements are designed to:
- minimise unnecessary physical interaction between students on school grounds;
- ensure that students learn only with those in their cohort, wherever possible;
- minimise opportunities for transmission and enhance contact tracing; and,
- minimise the potential for widespread infection across the school and wider school community.
Health and safety measures will be in place at St Jude’s to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission, including:
- encouraging vaccination of eligible students, staff and families,
- mandatory use of the Check In CBR app for all adults,
- ensuring fresh air ventilation is optimised in all settings,
- physical distancing measures for adults, and
- mandatory mask wearing for staff and essential visitors. The wearing of masks for primary students is at the discretion of the student and their parent/carer. However it is not recommended for children in the ELC or for Kindergarten to Year 2. This is because masks are unlikely to be correctly worn by very young children and may represent a choking hazard.
Other measures in place will include limiting the mingling of classes and year groups, increased use of outdoor spaces, limitation of on-site visitors to essential visitors only, environmental cleaning and high vigilance around not allowing anyone with symptoms of illness to attend. More information about this will be forwarded closer to our return to on-site learning.
The approach being taken is informed by the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee advice for minimising COVID-19 transmission in schools and the Chief Health Officer’s Health Guidelines for Schools and Early Childhood Education Services (including out of school hours care).
All our school staff have been encouraged to be vaccinated, and I can advise that many of our staff are vaccinated or are in the process of doing so. Due to Australian privacy law requirements, we are unable to advise the vaccination status of individuals or school staff.
Please also find below the link to guidelines and Road Map from Catholic Education for more details moving into this phased return to school and safety measures.
There will be some challenges in relation to drop off and pick up, Term 4 scheduled events, access to school grounds by parents and carers as well as some other areas. Rest assured that the School Executive is exploring all reasonable options whilst ensuring that they fit within ACT guidelines.
Again, I sincerely thank all our school staff, parents, families and carers. I know this has been challenging for all of you, and I thank you for your patience and resilience.
Over the past 2 months there have been a large number of members of the public who have been accessing our school grounds. The majority of this has been outside of school hours, whilst some has been during school hours. I am continuing to monitor this as we have experienced rubbish being dumped, lights, buildings and play equipment being damaged. This will be a topic of discussion at our next Community Council meeting, date TBC.
During the holiday break, we have had another 4 new interactive whiteboards and projectors installed. The previous devices were outdated. This brings the number of whiteboards replaced this year to 10. The new whiteboards are state of the art and will lead to improved pedagogical experiences. The School Executive and Richard Kaltner our IT Specialist, have created a scope of works which involve the replacement and enhancement of current IT resources. The IT Committee audited our current resources, focussing on appropriateness, usability, accessibility by students and staff, whilst taking into account latest developments and enhancements within this area.
As we move into warmer weather, I know that there will be a number of families who will need to purchase new uniforms. Please order via Qkr! and we will get the order filled and send you an email for collection from the Front Office. New students to St Jude’s as well as our Kinder classes for 2022 will be next cab off the rank.
2022 Kinder Orientation:
In short, yes, we are still looking at having this event during the later part of Term 4. As a result of COVID restrictions, it will be slightly different to in previous years. Once the details have been finalised, we will communicate it to the families of our new Kinder students.
Year 6 Final Term Events:
As is the case for Kinder Orientation, we are looking at holding as many events as possible. I met with the Year 6 teachers yesterday and we have begun creating a list of options. As we get closer to the time, these will be communicated to parents and carers of our Year 6 students.
Mass Live Stream:
While COVID-19 has impacted congregation sizes, this has not stopped Fr Michael from spreading the word. He has been live streaming the Sunday morning Mass from St John Vianney’s Church. If you wish to access this, please click on the following link
In concluding, all of us understand that once we reach suitable vaccination rates, certain freedoms will again become part of daily life. Rest assured that any decisions made by the School Executive will be based on ACT Government and Catholic Education Office advice.
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.
As we begin to transition away from Szapp and communicate via the Compass App, if you haven't already done so, we ask you to please download the app onto your phone/computer.
The app icon looks like this:
Students NOT Returning to St Jude's in 2022 (other than Year 6)
We are happy to share that Confirmation will now be celebrated on Wednesday 1 December at 5pm and 6.30pm
Please continue to keep our candidates in your prayers.
St Jude's Feast Day
On Thursday 28 October we will celebrate our School Feast Day and it will look a little different this year. This is the week where some classes will have returned to school and others will continue remote learning. Lots of activities are being planned to encourage all to celebrate regardless of where we are.
Plenary Council - Livestreams
The Plenary Council is currently running, ending 10 October. Daily Masses and some sessions will be livestreamed online.
Join all the Plenary Council's happenings at https://plenarycouncil.catholic.org.au/
WHAT: With Archbishop Christopher Prowse
WHEN: Monday 4 – Saturday 9 October TIME: 8am.
Brigitta van Deas - RE Coordinator
We hope you are all safe and well and have had the opportunity to enjoy some precious family time over the school holiday period. The ACT Government has announced that Preschool will resume on Monday 25 October. Until this date, education and care services remain restricted to children who need to attend. This includes children experiencing vulnerability; children whose parents or carers cannot work from home; and children whose parents are working from home and cannot reasonably provide care whilst working.
If you did not require care during lockdown in Term 3 and your circumstances have changed, and you require your child to return to Preschool prior to 25 October, please email me email@example.com so I can ensure adequate staff are rostered for onsite learning. If your child was already in attendance during Term 3 lockdown, you do not need to contact again unless your care requirements have changed.
An email will be sent by the end of Week 3 outlining the drop-off and pick-up procedures that we will need to follow to be COVID-19 safe.
St Jude’s Mini Floriade
Have you seen the gnomes in our mini St Jude’s Floriade garden? So many local community members have spotted our gnomes on their daily walks. We have also received an email from ACECQA asking us to write an article for their monthly newsletter about how our mini Floriade is helping us to be engaged with our local community even during lockdown. I will share this with you when it is published.
ELC Holiday Program
I want to take this opportunity to thank all of the educators who continued to work over the holiday period. The program involved many different activities such as Spring Gardening, Worm Investigations, Mad Science, Nature Play and A Day At The Cinemas, just to name a few.
Term 4 Home Learning
Our ELC classes will continue with Seesaw as our remote learning platform. A new learning grid was posted to the Seesaw page for the next few weeks. Please keep uploading photos and videos of what your child has been participating in during remote learning, these will be displayed in your child’s portfolio.
We have had some local visitors take residence in one of our trees near the carpark this week. Unfortunately, the bees did not choose a safe place to rest and we had to organise for their removal. We were told that there were approx. 6,000 bees in one group and 12,000 in another.
Aren't they fascinating?
Check In CBR
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.
Karen Leighton - St Jude's Early Learning Centre
All upcoming School Sport ACT Regional Events have been either cancelled or re-scheduled to 2022 due to current lockdown restrictions.
For more information please visit the School Sport ACT website - https://schoolsportact.org.au/
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/
Leanne Thomas - Sports Coordinator
A huge thank you to all the wonderful students in ELC to Year 6 who have posted their work on Seesaw and emailed work received in Term 3. I have really enjoyed seeing the students learning journey in performance/composition/listening/music appreciation. I can't wait to see what amazing experiences and opportunities are undertaken in Term 4 in both the remote learning activities and when we return to school.
Our Year 6 students have been invited to perform at the Children’s Week Launch and Award Ceremony in a virtual choir. We cannot wait to see what they produce. Please Year 6 students, if you are interested in getting involved, send your permission note and start videoing!
Leanne Thomas - Specialist Music Teacher
Welcome back to the Library! Thank you to all the children who have been posting work and photos for Library.
Here are some photos of students reading in their favourite/unusual places.
Verna Comley - Librarian
Phone: 6288 7688
Thank you for reading with your children every day! New Reader book packs will be available for pickup from the Front Office this Friday 08 October between 9am and 3pm.
Please bring in your current book pack and we will swap the packs over. This way we will continue to have enough books to swap.
Please let me know if there is anything I can support you with.
Kerri Kerr - Classroom Support Teacher - Butterfly Room
Hello and Welcome to Term 4 St Jude's Families and Friends,
While lockdown isn't over yet, we are conscious that families will need uniforms in preparation for the school reopening in a few weeks. While the Uniform Shop remains closed for in-person purchases, our team of hard-working volunteers are beginning to pack QKR! orders in a Covid-safe manner to ensure all our families and children are ready for the much anticipated return.
When students do return to school, they will be wearing Summer uniform. Please check you have all Summer uniform items ready and if not, please place an order for what children have grown out of or misplaced.
Please place any orders you may have via the QKR! app. Once your order has been packed, you will be notified and orders can then be collected from the Front Office.
If you have any specific requests or can't find what you're after on QKR! please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will endeavour to help in any way we can.
Keep safe and well!
Sara Cooper & Tanya Jackson - Mulleyduds Uniform Shop
Juggling home schooling, work and home life has been a challenge for everyone. To help make your daily load a little easier, Canteen Mike will be offering family meals for Click and Collect.
To order the following meals for your family, please go to QKR! and place your order before 10am for contactless collection from the Canteen, 2:30-5pm each Thursday and Friday.
- Vegetarian Bake - $18.00
- Family Meatballs - $15.00
- Mac and Cheese Bake - $12.00
As this venture is new to us, meals will be available starting: Friday 8 October in week 1 and then both Thursday's and Friday's from week 2.
If you have any questions, please email Mike at email@example.com
Mike McIntyre - Mulleygrubs Cafe
To align with the return of classroom learning in Term 4, Transport Canberra will resume all dedicated school bus services from 25 October 2021 (Week 4).
This includes ‘S’ trips that divert into school grounds in both the morning and afternoon.
More details and updated school timetables will be available online one week before this is implemented.
There will be some minor timing changes to services and as such, families will need to review the timetables when they are available.
In weeks 1-4, Year 11 and 12 students will be able to travel to school using the current interim network.
They can plan their trips ahead of time using the Journey Planner at www.transport.act.gov.au.
Special Needs Transport continues to run for those families that need this service, and the light rail is continuing to run to the normal frequency.