Dear Parents and Carers
Many thanks to all who were able to attend our working bee at the preschool and primary school last Sunday. We had a strong turnout and a lot was achieved. I believe it is very important to keep our gardens and facilities in good order as it does impact on how students and parents feel about the school.
NAPLAN is happening from next week for our Year 3 and Year 5 students. These tests will be completed online, with the exception of Year 3 Writing. In order to complete these with ease we need your help please.
- Students need to be at school on time for NAPLAN.
- Please don’t stress your child about NAPLAN. Rather, treat it as a normal expectation of school and remind children that they need to take their time, think carefully and check their work, just like they do on any day here at school.
- If students are absent, a catch up timeslot may be organised, however, the tests must still be completed in the same order as they have been timetabled below. The following is a guide to the NAPLAN timetable for next week.
Grammar, Spelling, Punctuation
Grammar, Spelling, Punctuation
All students in Kinder to Year 6 are asked to be in full winter uniform from next Monday, 13 May. I hope the two week transition period has made things a little easier/convenient for parents and students alike. Talking uniforms, I would like to thank Susana Lloyd for her wonderful commitment to the Mulleyduds Shop. Having uniforms available at school (and making a small profit for the Community Council) is a wonderful service and very generous of Susana. I also want to thank Skye Maguire, Alison Egan, Belinda McGuinness and Beth Dawn for helping Susana keep on top of orders in this great service to our community. I would encourage you to thank them when next buying uniforms.
Community Council Meeting
Come along next Tuesday 14 May at 6.00 pm to our next Community Council meeting. Meetings are held in the Library and all are welcome. Two meetings per term are held.
The enrolment period for Preschool to Year 6 is here, so if you know of anyone who is interested in sending their child to St Jude’s next year (in any grade from P-6) then encourage them to submit an online enrolment application. Enrolment application forms can be downloaded from the Enrolment tile on our website home page. A limited number of enrolment application hardcopies are available from the front office of the primary school and the ELC. All enrolment applications should be received by the front office of the primary school for Kinder 2020 and ELC for Preschool 2020 by Friday 31 May.
Children Late to School
If your child/ren is/are late to school, ie arriving to school after 8.50am, an accompanying adult must sign each student in on the Student Registration book, located at the front office. A completed white Late Pass must be taken to each student's teacher.
To avoid the spread of viruses
Please keep your child home from school until all symptoms have improved including 24hrs after last vomit.
If your child is away from school, please notify school by sending a student absence via SZApp.
Students in the ELC and Senior Choir performed in week 10 of term 1 at Mirinjani Nursing home. All students came away with a sense of excitement and giving. It was such a wonderful opportunity for both staff and students to give back to our local community. Unfortunately with the Dance Concert this term, there is be no Junior or Senior choir rehearsals. We look forward to performing at Floriade and with the Catholic Schools Choir Ensemble in term 3.
Parish Youth Mass
A reminder that on Sunday 19 May, we have our first Youth Mass at our church at 5pm. The Year 6 students will be involved in this Mass and we extend a warm welcome to all families to attend and support our school and parish.
This year we have a whole school focus on the Beatitudes. For the next 4 weeks we are going to focus on the beatitude ‘Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.’ What does this mean? We will be discussing with the students in child friendly terms but for adults here is an explanation that I hope you find useful:
The third beatitude puzzles many people, in part because they don’t understand what it means to be meek. Many assume the term means weak, tame, or deficient in courage. But the biblical understanding of meekness is power under control. In the Old Testament, Moses was described as the meekest man on earth (Numbers 12:3, KJV). Jesus described himself as “meek and lowly” (Matt. 11:28-29, KJV), which was consistent with his vigorous action in cleansing the temple (Matt. 21:12-13).
Power under God’s control means two things: (1) refusal to inflate our own self-estimation; and (2) reticence to assert ourselves for ourselves. Paul captures the first aspect perfectly in Romans 12:3. “For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of yourself more highly than you ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.” Meek people see themselves as servants of God, not thinking more highly of themselves than they ought to think. To be meek is to accept our strengths and limitations for what they truly are, instead of constantly trying to portray ourselves in the best possible light. But it does not mean that we should deny our strengths and abilities. When asked if he was the Messiah, Jesus replied, “The blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have good news brought to them. And blessed is anyone who takes no offense at me” (Matt. 11:4-6). He had neither an inflated self-image nor an inferiority complex, but a servant’s heart based on what Paul would later call “sober judgment” (Romans 12:3).
Dates to remember
Thursday 16 May: Year 2 class Mass, 9.30am, St Jude's church
Sunday 19 May: Parish Youth Mass, 5pm, St Jude’s church
Thursday 23 May: Year 3 class Mass, 9.30am, St Jude's church
Thursday 30 May: Whole school Mass for the Ascension, 9.30am, St Jude's church
Monday 3 June: Beatitudes Prayer Assembly, 2.30pm, St Jude's church, 2D presenting
Thursday 6 June: Year 5 and ELC class Mass, 9.30am, St Jude's church
Thursday 13 June: Kinder class Mass, 9.30am, St Jude's church
Happy Birthday Elsie C and Ella Mc
This week the children have been sharing stories about why their mums are so special and have enjoyed creating special gifts and cards for Sunday. Last week each of the ELC classes began their 10 week gymnastics program at Woden Valley Gymnastics Club. Throughout the program the children are provided with many opportunities to further develop their gross motor, fine motor, spatial awareness, confidence and balance skills. Each of the classes were excited to end their sessions with time in the huge foam pit.
A massive thank you to all the families who came along to our Working Bee last weekend. Many prospective families commented on our hard work in making it look fresh and inviting at our open day sessions. We appreciate you taking time from your busy weekends to assist in digging, shovelling, raking, and sweeping.
Mother’s Day Stall
ELC children will have an opportunity to purchase a gift from the Mother’s Day Stall tomorrow, Friday 10 May. Gifts are available for $3 to $5. Please send your money in a clearly labelled bag/envelope and give to the teacher in the morning for safe keeping.
Entertainment Book, the perfect Mother’s Day gift!
Entertainment Books can be collected on the day of purchase from the St Jude’s ELC. If you prefer a digital copy for mum’s phone, you can purchase it in digital form. View the book online at or order at
A reminder to ELC parents that you need to complete an enrolment form for your child for Kindergarten next year. You can now enrol online for Catholic schools and ELCs for 2020. To access on-line enrolment, visit the relevant school website. The primary school is happy to answer any questions you may have.
ELC Enrolments 2020
Spread the word that ELC enrolments are now available online. Visit our website for more information.
We have plenty of resources at the preschool and would prefer that home toys stay at home. If your child does bring a home toy to school, it will be stored for collection by parent/carer at the end of the day.
A late pick up fee of $10 per 5 minutes will be charged for late After School Care (Seahorse Program) collection after 6pm.
St Jude’s School Disco
The school disco will be on Friday 31 May in the school hall. Pre-schoolers are invited to attend from 6-7pm. More details will be sent out shortly.
A reminder that ELC fees are due tomorrow, Friday 10 May. Your efforts to keep fees up to date are appreciated.
Holiday Care Program Feedback
We are seeking feedback on our Holiday Care Program. You will find a copy in your childs note pocket and it will be emailed.
Karen Leighton - St Jude's Early Learning Centre
South Western Cross Country
The St Jude’s team for the South Western Cross Country will be announced later in the week. If your child has qualified to participate, a note will be sent home detailing all information for the event. Students will need to pay a $10 registration fee to compete at the event on 3 June 2019. If your child is unable to attend, please let me know sooner rather than later, as another student can replace them at south western carnival.
On Monday, two students represented St Jude’s at the ACT Swim meet. Emily R and Luke C both swam well, obtaining a personal best in their respective races. A big congratulations to both competitors.
Currently there are a number of trials for ACT sports. If you play a sport and would like the extra challenge, please check the Sports Noticeboard or talk with Mrs Thomas.
On Fridays in term 2 and term 3, all students in Kindy to Year 6, will be participating in whole school fitness activities in their house groups. This will replace our term 1 and term 4 fitness run.
Starting next week Wednesday, you will be able to come into the Library in the morning between 8.30am and 8.55am. Children and family members may come into the Library to read….for pleasure!
Tomas D (2J) is the first person to complete his CMRC. Congratulations! Well done!
Mulleyduds will be open:
Friday 10 May, 3.00pm to 3.30pm and
Friday 17 May, 3.00pm to 3.30pm
Winter and summer uniform can be ordered via Qkr! or email: firstname.lastname@example.org Qkr! orders are filled every Wednesday and Friday, when our volunteers are available. Please contact the front office if you are waiting on a uniform order.
We have received quite a lot of second hand uniform donations. Thank you for your generosity. Just a reminder that we are happy to receive second hand St Jude's uniforms only but no other second hand items.
Thank you to all of the volunteers who are helping in the uniform shop. Your time is very much appreciated.
Mulleygrub’s Café can only function with your help. We are having issues getting the children’s lunches out on time due to lack of helpers on Friday’s. Please consider putting yourself down once a month or once a fortnight. A regular roster needs to be in place for the canteen to be successful. Ask a friend and come in together. Any amount of time would be wonderful. Thursdays and Fridays are especially busy so if you can, please come in and have a go. Remember to apply for a Working with Vulnerable People card (WWVP). It’s free for volunteers!
Our Masterchef this week is the ‘The Eclectic Edghill Family’ and they are making ‘Chocolate Crackles’. The ingredients are: rice bubbles, icing sugar, desiccated coconut, copha & cocoa. We will be selling them for 50 cents.
Thank goodness parents decided to POP in last Friday! We were very busy and I only had 1 volunteer until then. Your time was greatly appreciated-Thank you.
The new coffee machine as arrived!
Coffee orders can be done through Qkr! and are only available to be picked up from 8.15am (the coffee machine needs to warm up). You can create your own profile on Qkr or use your child’s.
Coffee, hot chocolate, tea and chai lattes are available Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 8.15am through to 1.45pm. Pop in for a chat and purchase a roady!
Small $3.00 Large $4.00
Friday 10 May
Help needed X 1
Wednesday 15 May
Help needed X 1
Thursday 16 May
Help needed X 2
I would like to thank the parents who took the time to complete the Parent Survey. Your input has allowed us to gain some insight into the issues the school community feels are important, and provide some direction for the Community Council’s efforts for the year. A summary will be published in next week’s newsletter, as well as presented at the Community Council meeting.
Speaking of which, the next Community Council meeting will be held on Tuesday 14 May at 6pm, in the school Library. You can catch up on previous meetings by reading the minutes published on the school website (in the Community Council section). I hope to see you there!
Mother’s Day Stall - tomorrow, Friday 10 May
Don’t forget your money for the Mother’s Day stall tomorrow. Gifts range from $3 to $5. Limit one item per child. Please make sure you remind your child to save this money for the Mother’s Day Stall and not for the lollies in the canteen.
Federal Election BBQ and Cake Fundraiser –18 May
It’s election time, which means an opportunity for Community Council to raise funds for our school. We need many volunteers on May 18 to help make coffees, cook on the BBQ, or sell cakes. Here is the link to the volunteer signup https://volunteersignup.org/33FMB
If you are unavailable on Election Day but want to contribute, consider doing some baking. All baked items welcomed – cakes, cupcakes, slices, biscuits/cookies, muffins. Please remember to list your ingredients on a sticker and attach to your goodies. Donations can be dropped off at the school on Friday afternoon or by 8am on Saturday morning.
Please contact Rebecca Hunter with any questions regarding these two events.
Community Council Chair
Just a reminder that all orders for Scholastic Bookclub are done via the Scholastic website (refer to link below). No cash orders are accepted by St Jude's Primary.
Scholastic Bookclub order are due by 17 May.
Show your children that you value reading. I love it when my children say “Oh, you can’t talk to mum, she’s engrossed in reading!” And now, they read the same way – and it drives me crazy! But they are reading!