The scroll and the Holy Spirit symbolise that St Jude wrote one of the Epistles found in the New Testament. The club and axe are the implements of his death symbolising his martyrdom. The motto “Growth in Truth and Love” is a realistic goal for all at St Jude’s to strive towards – growth in truth, the epitome of all learning and growth in love as the ultimate Christian ideal.
Numeracy development at St Jude’s
- Everyone can learn
There is an expectation that all students can and will be numerate. Catholic Education strongly supports student centred learning that requires students to have genuine access to a wide variety of educational programs, learning experiences, instructional approaches, and academic-support strategies that are intended to address the distinct numeracy / mathematical learning needs, interests, aspirations, or cultural backgrounds of individuals and groups of students.
- A deep understanding of curriculum provides content and context for learning
Students are provided with access to highly effective mathematical learning experiences.
- Assessment informs teaching and learning
Ongoing student assessment is vital to inform the teaching and learning cycle. This cycle is optimised when it is continual, relevant, dynamic, and inextricably linked to instruction.
- Positive relationships are at the heart of effective teaching
Positive relationships truly have the ability and the power to unleash untapped potential in our students. Relationships are based on mutual respect and the premise that everyone will do the best they can at all times. The role of the teacher is to facilitate the next level of learning. The value of positive day-to-day interactions across the whole school cannot be underestimated – including school staff with students, staff with staff, students with students and staff with families.
- Holding high expectations of all learners is a commitment to justice
Capitalising on individual student strengths supports learning and student development as accomplished learners of mathematics.
- Positive educational environments empower learning
“A classroom that is functioning successfully as a third teacher will be responsive to the children’s interests, provide opportunities for children to make their thinking visible and then foster further learning and engagement.” (Fraser 2012)
- Learning is inspired and celebrated in community
When students have a sense of belonging and safety within a community of learners, they are empowered to take risks and explore new ideas. Where the community provides an environment in which individual mathematical ideas can be expressed and tested against others’ ideas, learning is articulated and learners are more confident about what they know and understand.
Athletics Carnival South Weston
The weather was very kind to our athletes yesterday as they competed at the South Weston Athletics Carnival in lovely conditions. The sun actually had some warmth in it. Thanks to Mrs Thomas for her organisation of our students. It was a busy day with children coming and going throughout the day from school to the track and back again. I congratulate the children on their strong effort and fine achievements. It is so rewarding to see young people having a go and doing their best. Well done to everyone involved.
Future of ACT Catholic School Soccer and Netball Carnivals
Regretfully, this year is the final year for the ACT Catholic School Soccer and Netball Carnivals.
This decision was carefully considered and was made unanimously at the recent ACT Catholic Primary Principal’s Meeting.
Although these are great community days and have been going for many years, the huge workload on staff, increasing costs, complexity of indemnity and insurance and a lack of volunteers to assist has necessitated the decision to no longer host these events.
Schools are rostered on to coordinate, run and volunteer these events and are run, entirely, by the host school, irrespective of the school size. Parents volunteer on the day and staff work all weekend on these events. In the past few years, some executive staff have worked nearly fulltime in the lead-up to pull off these carnivals, along with many staff who commit their time to support the planning and preparation, all of which is impacting on the teaching and learning agenda of the host school.
ACT Principals acknowledge that there may be some parents and students disappointed by this decision, however, we have agreed that the future of hosting and leading an event such as this is untenable.
This year, Holy Rosary Watson will host the final ACT Catholic School’s Netball Carnival.
ACT Catholic Primary Principals
A reminder for parents: if your child will be absent from BSC or ASC, please contact Camp Australia via their portal or text / call: 0411 554 854.
Family Fee Statements - Due Friday 23 August
Family school fee statements were sent home recently. If you did not receive your fee statement for term 3, please contact email@example.com
Thank you to those families who are up to date with their fees.
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 labelled on an envelope. The USB will be returned to your child during term 3. To protect the privacy of all students, please do not upload any part of this video on to the internet.
Sacrament of Confirmation
On Tuesday evening, Confirmation candidates from our parish came together for a family formation session. It was an opportunity for the candidates to discuss the gifts of the Holy Spirit with their parent/s and to engage with other students in the parish. The next big day will be the Retreat Day for the candidates where they will have the chance to reflect on the importance of the sacrament going forward.
This Sunday’s Gospel
Through towns and villages Jesus went teaching, making his way to Jerusalem. Someone said to him, ‘Sir, will there be only a few saved?’ He said to them, ‘Try your best to enter by the narrow door, because, I tell you, many will try to enter and will not succeed.
‘Once the master of the house has got up and locked the door, you may find yourself knocking on the door, saying, 'Lord, open to us' but he will answer, 'I do not know where you come from.' Then you will find yourself saying, 'We once ate and drank in your company; you taught in our streets' but he will reply, 'I do not know where you come from. Away from me, all you wicked men!'
‘Then there will be weeping and grinding of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, and yourselves turned outside. And men from east and west, from north and south, will come to take their places at the feast in the kingdom of God.
‘Yes, there are those now last who will be first, and those now first who will be last.’
Life’s problems can be seen as challenges that help you to grow well and to learn important skills. As God’s creatures are imperfect, so we need to help one another toward a final perfection that is a gift from God.
What difficulty or crisis in your life has taught you a lot? Do you think you have grown from dealing with it? How?
Discipline from parents and teachers and coaches is often not desired, yet it is usually given because of love.
What do you think motivates parents and teachers and coaches? Why do they do the things they do for you? What is their purpose as they attempt to give you discipline?
How have you benefited from the discipline and influence of parents, teachers or coaches? Have other adults in your life helped you become a more mature individual? Who are they and what influence have they had?
Dates to remember:
- Primary (Years 3-6) Mass: Thursday 5 September, 9.30am.
- Confirmation Retreat Day: Friday 6 September.
- Sacrament of Confirmation: Weekend of 14/15 September.
Susan Chant - St Jude's Primary School
The Stingray class pranced around the corridors of the primary school on Wednesday for their Book Week parade. This year’s Book Week theme is ‘Reading is my secret power’ so the children enjoyed dressing up as super heroes or characters from books. Amongst the teachers were Three Little-ish Pigs and a Big Bad Wolf. This has built lots of excitement for the big Book Week parade in the primary school hall tomorrow, Friday 23 August at 9.15am. Turtle and Lobster children are invited to dress up and parents are welcome to come along to watch.
Fathers Day Stall
The Fathers Day stall will be held next Friday 30 August (Tuesday 27 August for the Stingrays). The children are invited to bring along a few dollars in a labelled envelope to purchase a gift for Dad.
When UV reaches 3, the Preschool children are required to wear hats outside. Please ensure your child brings a hat to school with their name clearly labelled on it.
Many children are bringing home toys to school and we strongly discourage this. We have many toys and activities at the ELC to engage the children, so there is no need to bring in personal items. Home toys are causing many disruptions to class time and we are asking for your help to ensure your child respects this rule.
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.
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. To protect the privacy of all students, please do not upload any part of this video on to the internet.
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:
- 4 September: Cooking
- 18 September: Gross motor
For more information a flyer is available in our ELC office or at SJV.
Karen Leighton - St Jude's Early Learning Centre
South Weston Athletics Carnival and Trial
Our St Jude’s team represented us proudly at the South Weston Athletics Carnival yesterday. Records were broken, PBs were smashed and the best thing of all, students competed to the best of their ability which was awesome to witness! A huge congratulations to all students who made the team and competed in the highly successful carnival.
Year 5 and Year 6 Netball Carnival
We had two teams compete in the ACT Southside Netball Competition last Friday. The St Judians came third out of eight in their pool, meaning they missed out on qualifying for the next level by one spot! After the finals, they came 6th overall out of 16 teams. The Green Devils came a respectable 5th in their pool out of eight and ended up 10th out of 16!Both teams played really well and represented the school with gusto. Thank you to all those parents who assisted on the day which is always greatly appreciated!
Catholic Schools Netball Competition
Students in Year 2 to Year 6 are encouraged to participate in the Catholic Schools Netball Competition which will be held on Saturday 19 October. Please put the date in your calendar. Notes are due back to the school this Friday, 23 August.
Students wishing to trial for the ACT Cricket School Sports team will need to register online. For further information, please see the Sports noticeboard.
Ski and Snowboard
Students in Year 1 will be completing their final session with the AIS Winter Sports Team this Friday. Students have really enjoyed this opportunity.
Students in Year 6, Year 3, and Kindergarten have completed their final session this week with Ivan from Capital Football. Students gained valuable skills and knowledge in the world game.
All students at St Jude’s have been participating in weekly lessons in Gymnastics which have allowed students to develop their skills in balance and movement.
Students in Year 5 have started their weekly lessons with Basketball ACT. They will be learning some valuable ball skills during their sessions.
Chief Minister's Reading Challenge (CMRC)
Congratulations to Salma S, Amelia B, Isaac L for completing their CMRC. Not much time left to finish!
Our celebration of Book Week finishes tomorrow with our Dress up Parade in the hall, commencing at 9.15am. Children participating will have their names entered into a ballot with a winner being drawn for each class at lunchtime. Book prizes will then be selected by the lucky winners!
Thank you to all families who supported the Book Fair last week! We had some very happy customers and managed to raise approximately $700 for the Library and classroom resources. This was an outstanding effort – the best in a few years – with all credit to the community here at St Jude’s! Thank you!
Students in Year 1 and Year 2 have been invited to participate in the ACT Catholic Schools BIG Sing. They will be rehearing and performing at St John Vianney’s with seven other Catholic schools within our Archdiocese. Students will be performing at 1.25pm and will be gaining experience throughout the day which will go towards their learning journeys. Please ensure all notes are returned shortly.
Junior Choir rehearsals are with Sharon Hart and Leanne Thomas on Thursday afternoons, 2.00pm to 2.30pm.
The Senior Choir has been successful in obtaining a spot in the busy Floriade Performance Schedule. Students will be performing on Stage 88 at 11.45am to 12.30pm on 18 September. Students will be learning about the layout of Floriade from Andrew Forster, Head Gardner and representing St Jude’s in performance. Please come and enjoy some wonderful music on 18 September. Notes for this fabulous opportunity went home with students yesterday, during the Senior Choir Rehearsal.
The Senior Choir rehearsals are with Sharon Hart and Leanne Thomas on Wednesday afternoons, 2.00pm to 2.30pm.
Specialist Music Teacher
Mulleyduds will be open:
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: 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
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 'Celebratory Cimbora Family' and they are making 'Marshmallow Bubble Bars'. The ingredients are: rice bubbles, marshmallows, butter, white chocolate and M&M’s. 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
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 Primary? Over time, the points add up and we benefit from this by receiving free or discounted bread for our carnivals. Let your friends and family know! The more people who support this, the more points we receive.
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!
Hot Coffee is available at the Canteen!
...and is now on Qkr! 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 profile.
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 23 August
Help Needed x 2
Wednesday 28 August
Help needed x 1
Thursday 29 August
Help Needed x 2
Focus on social media: TikTok
A recent addition to the vast array of social media websites is one called TikTok. This site allows for the uploading and sharing of short videos. Viewers of videos can leave comments, like or dislike videos. The site is restricted to 13 years and older however there is no age verification process meaning anyone with an internet connection can create accounts including children under this age. Viewers can invite other viewers to ‘be friends’ and participate in ‘duets’. All videos uploaded are automatically available for everyone to see unless specific action is taken to mark the video as private.
It is vitally important to check the privacy settings of social media apps and websites. As a general rule make everything private! Over time, enable settings one at a time and check the visibility of profiles and of videos.
It is quite OK for parents to know the usernames and passwords of the social media websites and apps that your children access. Parents should be able to login using your child’s login details to check the privacy settings and to monitor any comments. This has everything to do with keeping your young person safe whilst online.
If you have a child in year 4 and above, ask your child if they know of or have heard about TikTok. If the answer is ‘yes’, ask your child to show you how your child uses it and together with your child inspect and have a discussion about the privacy settings and about the appropriateness of the content being uploaded and shared.
The Community Council Trivia Night was held last weekend and was an outstanding success. Profits are still being calculated, but we are well on our way to funding the bike cage requested by our students. An enormous thank you to all of those involved in the organisation and running of the night, including Kylie and Simon Ochsenbein, Alastair and Angela Scherer, Cassandra and Erik Askerlund, Carolyn and Ben Keily, Deb Page, Bronwyn Adams, Nicole Robertson, Jennifer Furze, Joe Hulm, Belinda Charles and Nicky Bourke.
We would also like to thank the sponsors for the night: IGA Hawker Liquorland, Costco, Schmooks, Big W, Ford and Ford Associates, Styledge Image Consulting, Flames Fitness, Off London Hair Salon, Bunnings, Woodface, Tom Gibson.
A very special thanks to Kylie Oschenbein for overseeing the organisation and running of the whole event. If you are interested in organising our Trivia Night next year, I would love to hear from you. If you have any questions, feel free to drop me an email or hunt me down at drop off or pick up.
Father’s Day Stall – Friday 30 August 2019
Volunteers are still needed for the Father’s Day stall on Friday 30 August. If you can help out from 11.30 am until 1pm, please contact Rebecca Hunter on email@example.com
Father’s Day gifts range is from $1 through to $5.
Dad’s Beer and Pie Night – SAVE THE DATE - Friday 13 September from 6.30pm
Footy finals time is around the corner which means its Beer and Pie night for the men of St Jude’s. A flyer will go home with your children next week with all the details.
Fete 14 March 2020 – Fete Committee Members required
The fete committee still require two fabulous parents to join the committee. If you have some spare time and want to get involved with the schools biggest fundraiser of the year, please contact Rebecca Hunter via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Council Chair
~ Awards Week 4, Term 3 ~
1T—Alex S and John C
2D—Brody C and Addison R
2BF —Benjamin L
4KR—Emerson N and Noah B
4L—Alex L, Allegra J and Grace O