Lord God, bring us together as one, reconciled with you and reconciled with each other.
You made us in your likeness; you gave us your Son Jesus Christ. He has given us forgiveness from sin. Lord God, bring us together as one, different in culture, but given new life in Jesus Christ, together as your body, your Church, your people. Lord God, bring us together as one, reconciled, healed, forgiven, sharing you with others as you have called us to do.
In Jesus Christ, let us be together as one. Amen
Dear Parents and Carers
Oval - Increased Size
Over recent times the school has been receiving clean fill from several building sites in our area. The fill has been placed on the eastern edge of our school oval. A number of you might better know this part of our oval the ‘mine’, which has proved incredibly popular over recent times, as a place for play. Clean fill will continue to be sourced and placed on the oval edge, as I am keen to have our oval enlarged. St Jude’s continues to grow steadily and we have the opportunity to increase the size of our oval at minimal cost, which is a positive outcome for the school. Increasing our oval will happen over time, as fill becomes available.
Plenary Council 2020
In October 2020, the Catholic Church in Australia will gather for the first Plenary Council to be held since the second Vatican Council. In 2018, the Catholic Church in Australia began preparing for this historic moment by listening to God, by listening to one another’s stories of faith. More than 222,000 people participated in listening and dialogue encounters and contributed 17,457 submissions during the first stage of preparation for the Australian Plenary Council. The voices of the people help all of us to understand something of the historical experience and the current reality of the Catholic Church in Australia. This gathered data also reveals some deeper hopes and questions, and the diverse yearnings, that we are now challenged to consider together. The National Themes named below are inspired by the data and call us toward the future.
The six themes are:
- Missionary and evangelising
- Inclusive, participatory and synodal
- Prayerful and Eucharistic
- Humble, healing and merciful
- A joyful, hope filled and servant community
- Open to conversion, renewal and reform.
Earn and Learn Stickers
This supermarket promotion has now finished. Stickers and booklets of stickers have been tallied and this information sent to organisers. St Jude’s hopes to hear back from organisers soon, so we can see if our involvement this year has been beneficial. I would like to remind you all that St Jude’s will not benefit from any prizes afforded us from our participation in this promotion. St Mary’s Primary School at Batlow will receive any prizes which ought to have come our way. I am delighted we are able to support our country cousins in this way.
Wow! What an amazing celebration of sensational dance moves we witnessed at our Dance Concert last Thursday and Friday. Many parents have commented that it was perhaps our best Dance Concert ever and I would have to agree. The enthusiasm of the children and staff was unbelievable. Thanks to the Dance Concert Committee and all staff for their fabulous preparation of the children and countless other jobs like ticketing, finale choreography, technical support, hall set up as well as parents who helped with costumes, packing up, canteen and our wonderful parent community for supporting us and coming along as a very appreciative audience. Thanks must also go to the students of St Jude’s who really entered into the spirit of the event. Numerous people commented to me that it was great to see boys and girls as equal participants, even with our senior students.
These have been very diligently prepared by staff and you should be expecting to receive them today. It is clear that staff know your children extremely well and the time and effort put into preparing these snapshots of your children’s learning is greatly appreciated by me, and I am sure you will agree with me when you read the reports. Students requiring two reports have been issued with both so I ask parents to pass on the second report accordingly.
Today there is a sense of really getting close to the school holidays. It has been an action packed term for all members of the community and I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your efforts in making this a very successful term in so many ways. I hope you and your children have a restful, safe and happy holiday and look forward to beginning the new term refreshed and renewed.
Dance Concert Video
If you would like a copy of the Dance Concert video, please send in a USB stick with your child's name and class clearly labeled on an evelope. The USB will returned to your child during term 3.
Seasons for Growth
Beginning in week 5, term 3, we will be implementing an 8 session program called ‘Seasons for Growth’ which is run by Good Grief, through the Sisters of St Joseph: https://www.goodgrief.org.au/. Some staff at St Jude’s who are formally trained as ‘Companions’, spend time during the day with a small group of students who are dealing with some aspect of change, separation, loss or grief. The sessions do not provide counselling or therapy. It is not recommended for children who have experienced loss in the past year or for Kindergarten children.
- aim to support young people to understand and manage grief that is experienced because of change, the loss of a parent or significant other through death, separation or divorce,
- assist in normalising the emotions associated with the loss,
- encourage the expression of thoughts and emotions,
- educate about the grief process,
- develop a peer support network,
- draw on extensive research in developing a sound educative response to loss and grief. ‘Seasons for Growth’ provides opportunities for students to integrate the appropriate knowledge, skills and attitudes to understand and cope with change, loss and grief, using the metaphor of the seasons.
It helps children to:
- accept the reality of loss,
- work through the pain and grief,
- adjust to an environment in which a significant person is no longer present,
- emotionally relocate and move on with life. However, they do suggest that the young person participates in the program six to twelve months after the loss, as they are in a better position to cope with the program. The program is strictly confidential and implemented with discretion and sensitivity.
Please feel free to talk to your child’s class teacher or myself if you have any questions about the program.
This week an invitation was re-sent to the Year 4 and 5 students who have made their First Eucharist to become altar servers in our parish. This invitation is to serve at our school Masses and weekend Masses. The parish will provide full training. Altar serving draws children into a greater understanding of the Mass and the feeling of community that supports it. Please return completed forms to me as soon as possible.
H a p p y B i r t h d a y t o
Thank you to all who joined us to watch the Dance Concert last week. It was great to see so many families attend. Your children put many hours into rehearsals and I think it certainly paid off on the day. Thank you to the teachers for all the behind the scene efforts. I think you would all agree that it was a wonderful event to be a part of.
On Wednesday, the Turtle and Lobster classes attended a performace at the primary school which aimed to start a conversation about treating each other with respect and kindness. Looking out for our friends in the classroom and playground was a major focus which will provide further discussion points in our daily interactions with each other at the ELC.
Looking for something fun, creative and unique to do with your little one these school holidays? Jellybeanstreet Canberra are holding a one hour fun painting workshops for children aged between 2-5, on Saturday 13 July at the Weston Creek Community Centre.
During the workshop, children will have the opportunity to interact with a variety of equipment and techniques to create a number of artworks. Our graphic design team then work their magic to combine elements of the children’s art to create high quality, one of a kind art pieces. These can be purchased and no doubt, will be a stunning addition to your wall.
For more information or to make a booking go to https://www.jellybeanstreet.com/australian-capital-territory
ELC Holiday Care
The ELC will be running a holiday care program for ELC children during the school holidays. The program will run from from 8am to 5.30pm for the two weeks, 8 July to 19 July. There are still places available. If you would like to enrol your child for one or more days, please contact the ELC by tomorrow, Friday 5 July.
The final ELC fees for term 2 are now due. As we are approaching the end of term, it is important to check your account balance and ensure all fees up to date. Holiday Care bookings will not be accepted if term fees are outstanding.
With school holidays creeping up, it is the perfect time to purchase an Entertainment Book. It contains many discounts that will help to keep you and your family entertained this holiday period. To purchase either a hard copy or a digital version for your phone, go to www.entbook.com.au/94h4738 Books can be collected on the day of purchase from the ELC.
Earn and Learn
The Earn and Learn promotion is now finished. Thank you to everyone who helped to collect stickers to support St Mary’s Primary School in Batlow. The total stickers collected were 141,754! We are waiting to hear how this translates into dollar value to purchase resources.
St John Vianney’s hosts a playgroup for children aged 0-5 on Wednesdays from 9.30am to 11am. There is a fortnightly program and on the alternate weeks, the room is made available for playgroup parents to organise their own social catch up. More information including the term 3 program is available from the ELC or St John Vianney’s School.
ELC Mass Week 1
The ELC will be celebrating Mass with Kinder, Year 1 and Year 2 on Thursday 25 July (week 1) at 9:30am. All parents and friends are very welcome to join us.
I wish you all a safe and happy holiday break!
Karen Leighton - St Jude's Early Learning Centre
St Jude’s Basketball
We have now entered three teams (3/4 Boys, 5/6 Girls and 5/6 Boys) for the upcoming Basketball ACT Championships and Challenges. Notes have been sent home to all students who registered their interest. Could you please return these notes, to the front office as soon as possible. A training session for both 5/6 girls and 5/6 boys teams will be held on Friday in week 1 of term 3 and a second session for all teams (5/6 girls, 5/6 boys and 3/4 boys) will run in week 2 on Friday. Thanks to Miss Mead for organising and coaching the teams.
St Jude’s Netball
This year, Netball ACT will be hosting a gala day for Year 5 and Year 6 girls. If your child is interested in participating in the gala, please encourage them to collect a note from Mrs Thomas or their class teacher. A training session will be organised in the first week back for both 5/6 girls teams.
This term, all Year 2 classes have enjoyed chair yoga lessons with Robyn, our Yoga instructor. In Term 3, our Year 1 and Kindy students will be enjoying some lessons.
As part of our PE curriculum, next term, we have some exciting clinics for our students:
Kindy – Soccer with Capital Football and Coerver Coaching and Gymnastics
Year 1 – Cross Country Skiing and Snowboarding with Ski and Snowboard Australia and Gymnastics
Year 2 – Gymnastics
Year 3 - Soccer with Capital Football and Coerver Coaching and Gymnastics
Year 4 – Hockey with Hockey ACT and Gymnastics
Year 5 – Basketball with Basketball ACT and Gymnastics
Year 6 - Soccer with Capital Football and Coerver Coaching and Gymnastics
School Holiday Clinics
A number of holiday programs have been in contact to offer some excellent opportunities for our students. Please look on our website or our sports noticeboard for more information.
Soccer Development Squad
Any students aged 6-18 have been invited to trial on 25 August at the University of Canberra for a development squad team run by Coerver Coaching Performance Academy. For further information please use the link https://coerveract.com.au/performance-academy-programs
Congratulations to Lily E, Brody C, Tom W, Patrick F, Calvin C, Sebastian C, Eve L, Oliver S, Elijah M, James C, Jaylon Y, Abhayjot S, Adele S, Alisa B, Eli M, Zara B, Angelina V, Hamish C, Grace SC, Aimee Z, Cleo E, Marlia B, Darcy K, Violet W, Thomas E, Ellie T, Sadie S, Luke H, Emma R, Ned C, Alexis M, Agnus M, Oleena L, Alice B, Tara F, Connah R, Sam LS, Max C, Toby S, Oscar F, Hamish F, Maeve W, Milla l, Mieke D, Wilson M, Siena S, Sophie P and Owen B for completing their CMRC this week!
Mulleyduds will be open:
Friday 5 July, 3.00pm to 3.30pm
Just a reminder that Uniform Shop orders can be placed electronically via Qkr! and items will then be delivered directly to your child, for them to take home. Pending the availability of our volunteers, Qkr! orders are usually filled on Wednesday mornings, as well as Friday afternoons when the shop is open.
If you need to exchange any item that you have ordered (e.g. for a different size), just send the item and a note back into school with your child to go in the daily message bag to the front office. The volunteers at the Uniform Shop will then swap the item over for you and provide it to your child to take home. If any of the items you have ordered happen to be out of stock at the time, a slip will be provided to your child advising of this. If required, refunds can be arranged via the front office.
All profits from the Uniform Shop go to the St Jude’s Community Council and help fund school projects, such as the new playground equipment built in 2018.
If you have any questions, please direct them to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Finally, if anyone is able to assist at the Uniform Shop on a Friday afternoon from 3.00-3.30pm, your help would be greatly appreciated.
Susana Lloyd, Skye Maguire and Alison Egan
Thank you to all the lovely helpers who have been a significant part in the smooth running of the canteen.
Without you, our carnivals and performances couldn’t operate as smoothly as the do.
I wish everybody a safe and restful break.
Mulleygrub’s Café can only function with your help. We are experiencing delays with having the children’s lunches out on time on a Friday, due to having very few helpers. Please consider putting yourself down once a month or once a fortnight to help out in the canteen. 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 is wonderful, especially on a Thursday and/or a Friday. Remember to apply for a Working with Vulnerable People card (WWVP). It’s free for volunteers!
Our Masterchef this week is the 'The Fabulous Francia Family' and they are making 'German Chocolate Crumble Cake'. The ingredients are: butter, sugar, eggs, flour and cocoa. We will be selling them for 50 cents.
$1.00 lolly limit per day
Our local Bakers Delight in Cooleman Court rewards our school when we purchase bread from them. When making purchases at Bakers Delight could you please ask for the points to be added to St Jude’s. Over time, the points add up and we benefit from this by receiving free bread for carnivals when Meal Deals are organised. Let your friends and family know. The more people that do it, the more points we get.
~ ~ SOUP IS NOW AVAILABLE ~ ~
Creamy pumpkin or chicken & sweet corn
Friday 5 July
Help needed X 1
Happy Holidays! Stay safe and warm.
Wednesday 24 July
Thursday 25 July
Help needed X 2
Read for fun!
Go to the library and pick out the craziest books you have ever seen and critique them.
I love that book, the illustrations are great.
That book is boring because the words are too hard.
That book is funny because the words are written in squiggles etc, etc.
Trivia night prizes - donations needed
If you are planning a clean out over the holidays, why not clear out some unwanted bottles of wine/spirits? How about some unopened chocolates that you no longer need because of a recent health kick? Going to the movies in the holidays? Maybe consider grabbing a voucher to donate for the raffle? Run your own business? Donations of services is very much appreciated.
Please get in touch with Trivia Night coordinator Kylie if you have an idea. Email email@example.com or text 0410486767.