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Australia's first saint, St Mary MacKillop embodied the virtues of faith, hope and charity. She lived a life of service and justice as she and her Sisters ministered to the poor.
Mary MacKillop was canonised on 17 October 2010, at Saint Peter’s Basilica, Rome. Pope Benedict XVI proclaimed Mary’s sainthood during a Canonisation Mass, in the presence of many thousands of people. Her feast day is celebrated on 8 August each year in parishes and communities all over Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Scotland, Peru, Timor- Leste and in many other places where Mary’s followers are found.
Dear Parents and Careres
A new report from the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) reinforces the strong correlation between school attendance and student achievement, and highlights the importance of forming good attendance habits early. The release of the Attendance Matters Spotlight Report also shows how crucial it is to ensure students feel welcome, safe and supported at school, and encouraged to attend. The evidence summary indicates that the overall school attendance picture in Australia is good, with year 1-10 students attending, on average, 92 per cent of available school days in Australia – a rate comparable to other countries with high performing education systems. However, there remain areas of concern including that 25 per cent of Australian school students attend less than 90 per cent of school days, and that school attendance decreases as remoteness increases. Given the importance of early learning experiences on academic and social achievement, the report identifies school attendance should be prioritised in the formative years.
Volunteer needed - BookClub Coordinator 2020
The St Jude’s Scholastic Book Club coordinator is leaving the school community at the end of 2019. We are looking for someone to take over this volunteer role to ensure that St Jude’s continues to be able to access books and resources for children and classrooms through the Scholastic Book Club Australia rewards program. The commitment comprises of six catalogue issues per year; two in each term except term three, when the school holds its book fair. It's a job that can be done outside of school hours and takes approximately two to three hours for each catalogue issue, so it is an easy and valuable way to contribute to the school community. Our current coordinator, Kylie Ochsenbein will provide training for both catalogue issues in term 4. Please get in touch with the school if you are interested. Questions can be directed to Kylie on 0410486767 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Safe Parking Behaviours
Unsafe driving and parking behaviours increase the potential road safety risk for children around schools. Road safety is a shared responsibility. It is important the road rules are followed near our school to ensure the entire school community feels safe. Please remember children are more at risk than adults around schools because they are smaller and less visible to drivers. They are also less predictable and less experienced, which makes them more likely to make errors of judgement. Failing to follow simple road rules like parking on the verge, in no stopping zones, in bus stops, near children’s crossings, on footpaths or across driveways increases the risk to children around schools. Please do the right thing to create a safe environment around our school.
Wishing you well
Mary of the Cross
Today marks the feast day of St Mary MacKillop, Australia’s first saint. We came together as a school to celebrate her life with Fr Michael and the parishioners. Class 1T presented a thoughtful and reverent play before Mass started which gave the students a deeper understanding of Mary. Mary lived with faith and trust, inspiring hope in people. She found life in the call of Jesus, devoting herself to the needs of others. With the Sisters of St Joseph, she brought education to the poor. Mary and her companions would see a need, discern a response and act with love and trust in God. Let us look to Mary MacKillop and learn from her as a model of faith, love and generosity.
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke
See that you are prepared.
Jesus said to his disciples: ‘See that you are dressed for action and have your lamps lit. Be like men waiting for their master to return from the wedding feast, ready to open the door as soon as he comes and knocks. Happy those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes. I tell you solemnly, he will put on an apron, sit them down at table and wait on them. It may be in the second watch he comes, or in the third, but happy those servants if he finds them ready. You may be quite sure of this, that if the householder had known at what hour the burglar would come, he would not have let anyone break through the wall of his house. You too must stand ready, because the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.’
Reflection and Quiet Time
This week’s gospel passage carries with it the expectation of the late 1st Century as the early Christians awaited the triumphant return of the Christ (sometimes called the Second Coming or the Parousia). This is a familiar theme through the gospels and, in fact, across the gospels we can see that the communities were beginning to face the realisation that the promised return was taking longer than they had expected. In the gospel of Mark, it is clear that the community expects the Parousia at any moment, while by the time of the writing of the gospel of Luke, 10 or 15 years later, we can see that the language has taken on an aspect of uncertainty about the timing – it could be sooner or it could be later (‘It may be in the second watch he comes, or in the third…’).
What began to emerge was an attitude that if we don’t know when the Parousia will come, then we need to live ‘in anticipation’ of it. We need to live as if the Parousia were imminent. So, rather than waiting for the kingdom of God to be delivered, we must live our lives in such a way as to bring about the kingdom; to draw the kingdom into the present. Jesus often spoke of the kingdom as both near and not yet. If we all live the values of the kingdom, by our very actions we bring the kingdom into being. This gives an incredible significance to the way we choose to live our lives. If we ‘invest’ in the kingdom by living out the values of the kingdom and living in expectation of the Parousia, then that ‘investment’ is its own reward. https://liturgyhelp.com/calendar/date/2019Aug11/0/RefGreSun*
Dates to remember:
- Assumption Day (Whole School Mass): Thursday 15 August, 9.30am.
- Confirmation Family Formation: Tuesday 20 August, 6-7pm, SJV hall.
- Primary (Years 3-6) Mass: Thursday 5 September, 9.30am.
- Confirmation Retreat Day: Friday 6 September.
- Sacrament of Confirmation: Weekend of 14/15 September.
Happy Birthday Flynn W, Matthew S and Triss K.
This week, we had a visit from Monica Sharma (Ishani in the Turtles room mum) who works at the Molonglo Dental Surgery. She talked to us about the importance of brushing our teeth twice a day and the foods that will help us keep our teeth healthy. Dorothy the Dinosaur also came to show us how to use the toothbrush properly and we all got a gift bag to take home.
ELC Tea Towel Fundraiser
Started your Christmas shopping yet? The ELC will be creating a tea towel featuring self portraits of all of the ELC children. It will make a perfect Christmas present and a wonderful reminder of your time at the ELC. Tea towels will be available for $15 or 3 for $40 (cash or Qkr!). Order forms are in your notes pockets and are due back with payment by 14 August.
St Jude’s Trivia Night
Our annual Trivia night will be held on Saturday 17 August. It is always a fun community event and it would be great to see lots of ELC parents there. Tickets are available via the Qkr! App. For more information, refer to the flyer in this newsletter.
Plastic bottle tops and bread bag tags
The ELC are collecting plastic bottle lids and bread bag tags to support a non-for-profit community initiative. Envision Hands uses 3D printing to turn plastic waste into mechanical hands and arms for kids. You can find a collection bucket at the front desk if you would like to contribute.
Now that it is August, teachers will be monitoring the UV levels. When UV reaches 3, the children are required to wear hats outside. Please ensure your child brings a hat to school with their name clearly labelled on it.
Dance concert video
If you would like a copy of the Dance Concert video, please send in a USB with your child’s name and class clearly labelled on the envelope.
Book Week Dress Up
The annual Book Week Parade will take place the week commencing Monday 19 August. This year’s theme is ‘Reading is my secret power’. Turtle and Lobster children are invited to come to school dressed as a book character on Friday 23 August and will be joining the primary school parade in the hall at 9.15am. The Stingrays dress up day will be on Wednesday 21 August and will parade in the corridors of the primary school.
St John Vianney’s hosts a play group 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.
The Term 3 program dates and activity focus are:
- 21 August: Music
- 4 September: Cooking
- 18 September: Gross motor
For more information, a flyer is available in our ELC office or at SJV.
SJV Trivia Night
SJV's trivia night is on this Friday 9 August. Tickets can be purchased through SJV or Qkr!
Karen Leighton - St Jude's Early Learning Centre
St Jude’s Basketball
Next week, Our 3/4 boys team will be competing. Thank you to our parent helpers, Miss Mead and Mrs Orders for organising and coaching the teams. All the very best to all our 3/4 team and a big congratulations to our 5/6 girls and 5/6 boys teams.
South Weston Athletics Carnival and Trial
The trials for the South Weston Athletics Carnival have been postponed. The trials have been rescheduled for Monday 12 August, 3.30 to 4.30pm at the Chapman Oval. Our South Weston Athletics Carnival team will be announced once the data from our school Athletics Carnival and trial have been completed.
Catholic Schools Netball Competition
Students in year 2 to year 6 are encouraged to participate in the Catholic Schools Netball competition, held on Saturday 19 October. Please put this date in your calendar. Notes for participation will be sent home in due course.
A huge congratulations to Indira A (6CG) who has been selected to represent the ACT in hockey with the under 13s girls squad, to compete in October in Hobart. All the very best Sophie.
Dominic P, Isaac S, Isla S, Curtis H, George H, Maya H, Manashwi C, Paige J-T, Harrison B, Logan B and Connah R for completing their CMRC this week!
Scholastic Book Fair
Is on next Wednesday and Thursday. Please come in to the Library on these days for after school sales.
Mulleyduds will be open:
Friday 9 August, 3.00pm to 3.30pm
Friday 16 August, 3.00pm to 3.30pm
Friday 23 August, 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: email@example.com
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
Lids for Limbs
If you have milk bottle, soft drink or water bottle lids at home, you can help make a difference. We are collecting them for the charity called Envision Hands who create colourful prosthetic limbs for children. You can drop your lids off in the canteen.
Fresh for Kids
Competition time again and it starts from Wednesday 7 August. This year, we have been given coloured stamper pens. Children will be given one with each healthy option they purchase, as well as a sticker on a ticket that they need to fill to go into the competition to win various prizes for themselves or for our school. This is an initiative run by the Sydney Markets and a nationwide competition.
Our Masterchef family this week is the 'Laconic Limaleba-Flanigan' and they are making 'Choc Chunk Cookies'. The ingredients are: sugar, flour, chocolate, butter, milk, eggs and smarties. We will be selling them for 50 cents.
Consistent Qkr! Problems
Please ensure online lunch orders are for the correct day and that you get a receipt number. Too many children are turning up at lunch upset that their lunch orders are missing. Some parents also haven’t updated their children’s classes. This delays the tallying process in the morning, especially on Fridays when we are very busy. Please don’t hesitate to pop into the canteen if you need a run through on how to order.
$1.00 lolly limit per day
Mulleygrubs Café can only function with your help. Any amount of time is wonderful. Thursdays and Fridays are especially busy so if you can, please come in and have a go. I’ll even make you a cuppa! Remember to apply for a Working with Vulnerable People card (WWVP). It’s free for volunteers!
Friday 9 August
Wednesday 14 August
Help needed X 1
Thursday 15 August
Help needed X 2
The Community Council Trivia Night is coming up on 17 August. For those who haven’t been, this is a great night of fun, friends and plenty of laughs. This year the theme is “Magic and Miracles”, with front row tickets for the St Jude’s 2020 musical for the best dressed table. No need to queue for the hottest seats next year! There are also a heap of wonderful prizes for the winning table, a door prize and an amazing raffle, plus everyone is a winner with a free glass of sparkling wine on arrival. If you don’t have a whole table, you can purchase individual tickets and a table will be assembled for you ̶ it’s a fantastic opportunity to meet other parents.
The Trivia Night this year is fundraising to build a secure bike cage so our kids can ride their scooters and bikes to school, and have them safely secured for the school day. Your participation is helping to support our students and our school! For more Trivia Night details please check out the poster at the back of the newsletter, and book your tickets today!
Father’s Day is approaching and the Community Council will be holding a Father’s Day stall on Friday 30 August. We will need some parent helpers on the day so please contact me or our Fundraising representative, Rebecca Hunter at firstname.lastname@example.org. Rebecca is also looking for volunteers for the 2020 Fete committee, as work will start soon.
Our Community Council meeting was held on Tuesday (6 August) in the Library and the minutes will be available shortly on the website. Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday 10 September (week 8, term 3) at 6pm in the Library. Please join us! We love to hear new opinions and suggestions.
Community Council Chair
~ Awards Week 2, Term 3 ~
1T—Amber R and Kate H
2D—Heide T and Sari B
2BF —Maria M
3M—Aurora K, Matthew G, Isaac V and Thomas O
3ME—Harry D, Ethan R
4L—Ava O, Molly S and Jacob H
5L—Natasha M and Isabel M