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- St Jude's Beer & Pie Night 2019 - Friday 13 September
- ACT Catholic Schools Big Sing - Junior Choir
Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study – TIMSS
Late in 2018, our Year 4 classes participated in this study. This study was facilitated by ACER (Australian Council for Educational Research), which is highly regarded in educational circles. Results from this study are focused on mathematics and science achievement, and for self confidence in learning mathematics and science. Both subject results showed St Jude’s students achieving more than 10% higher than the mid-point, which is a solid result. Our students’ results in self confidence in learning mathematics and science showed much higher self confidence than was the case elsewhere in Australia. Well done to this year’s Year 5 students.
A reminder that if your child is unwell, please keep them at home. We understand how difficult this can be but unwell children do not belong at school. We have had cases of both Chicken Pox and Influenza B, so it is probably a good idea to get children seen by a doctor if they are unwell for a few days. The staff are being very vigilant in cleaning surfaces etc. but we really need your help with the sick children.
Sixty students from Years 1 and 2 went to St John Vianney’s yesterday for a choir gathering, called ‘Big Sing’. Seven other schools had choirs attending as well and all choirs learnt the same four songs prior to the day. These songs were performed as a mass choir, which comprised about 350 students. They performed beautifully and sounded so good. Well done to these students and a very special thank you to Mrs Thomas and Mrs Hart for preparing the children so well.
VACATION CARE PROGRAM
The Holiday Club team at Camp Australia is pleased to let you know that your school has gone live with bookings for the upcoming Spring holiday season. We are proud to present to you, a program designed for the inner superhero in all kids. Built upon the foundations of child and family feedback, our program explores the true purpose of a superhero. We’ve created activities to help kids build their ideal superhero character in Masks & Magic, experience their first mission in Operation: Rescue, bowl away the baddies in Strike Force! and a lot more. For bookings please see the email (which has a booking code) sent by CA to all registered families for more information.
Peter Galvin - Principal
Scholastic Book Club
We would like to thank Kylie Ochsenbein (with Simon and Jackson's help) for the time given to St Jude's in her capacity as the Scholastic Book Club Coordinator. Kylie will remain the bookclub coordinator until the end of this year.
Caitlin Hocking (Patrick, 2J) will be taking over the role as Scholastic Book Club Coordinator. Thank you Caitlin for volunteering your time.
Today the students from years 3-6 came together to celebrate Mass with Fr Michael and the parishioners. Thank you to Mrs Lloyd for preparing the Mass and to Ana P and Alice B for altar serving.
Sacrament of Confirmation
Tomorrow, all students in Year 6 will be a part of a Retreat Day for Confirmation. We are very lucky to have Archbishop Christopher Prowse come to speak to the candidates in the morning, to hear from Year 6 students, why the sacrament is significant. The Archbishop will no doubt share his knowledge on the sacrament and the importance of it, as these candidates move into adulthood. We are looking forward to welcoming His Grace to our school.
On Saturday 14 September, we have 47 students (and 2 adults) from our Parish making their Confirmation. This is a very significant event in their faith lives. I ask that you keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Dates to Remember:
- Confirmation Retreat Day: Friday 6 September.
- Sacrament of Confirmation: Saturday 14 September, 5pm, St Jude's Church and Sunday 15 September, 9am, St John Vianney's Church.
Congratulations to the Lejsek family on the safe arrival of their baby boy, Joey!
Mura Gadi Gang
This term, the children began Mura Gadi Gang. But what is it you ask? Mura Gadi means pathways for searching in the traditional Ngunnawal language. We have used this term as it suits the idea behind the program perfectly; exploring, engaging in, respecting and searching our natural environment. Learning outdoors creates lasting memories, helps to build a greater awareness of the environment, provides opportunities to think independently and gets children feeling challenged and excited by learning. These are just a few positive aspects, I could go on and on about the benefits of outdoor education.
Each week, the children venture out to a new local green area to explore. We take no toys, no tools, no craft supplies. The children use only what nature gives them. As part of the program, we instil the idea that the land we are playing, learning and exploring on was once cared for only by the indigenous peoples. We begin Mura Gadi with an acknowledgement of country and discuss respecting the creatures and plants that we come across. We have put up a large map of the local area on the glass window just before you walk into the corridor area. Each week we will mark the spot that we visited for Mura Gadi Gang.
Fresh Food Kids Discovery Tour – This week, the ELC children walked to Cooleman Court to participate in the Woolworths Fresh Food Kids Discovery Tour. They played guessing games and challenges relating to fruits and vegetables. Thanks to Woolies Weston for providing fruit and water for the children to enjoy at the Cooleman Court park afterwards.
The Turtles and Stingrays will be going on the Bus Wash excursion next Monday 9 September and Friday 13 September for the Lobsters. The children will learn about public transport and about travelling safely. Permission notes have been sent home and a copy is on the school website.
The ELC children have been busy painting their gnomes to send to Gnome Knoll at Floriade. Gnomes are $12 each and support the Rotary Club of Canberra. The Stingrays will take a bus trip to explore Floriade (and visit their gnomes) on Monday 16 September and the Turtles and Lobsters will go on Thursday 19 September. Look out for permission notes in the notes pockets. Parent helpers are very welcome. Please contact your class teacher if you are able to come along.
St John Vianney’s hosts a play group for children aged 0-5, on Wednesdays from 9.30am to 11am. The last session for this term is 18 September and the theme is gross motor skills. More information is available from the ELC office or from SJV.
ELC Holiday Care
The ELC Holiday Care Program will run during the October school holidays. The program will run from 8am to 5.30pm from Monday 30 September to Friday 11 October (minus the public holiday on Monday 7 October). The program is full of fun and engaging activities and excursions. Information and booking sheets have been emailed and are available from the ELC.
The final fees for term 3 were emailed today. Fees are due next Friday 13 September. Your efforts to keep fees up to date are appreciated.
Karen Leighton - St Jude's Early Learning Centre
Phone: 6287 5520
On 10 September, we have students representing South Weston and St Jude’s, at the ACT Athletics Carnival. Just a reminder to those students attending, that all money needs to go to the front office and the permission note will go with you on the day.
Catholic Schools Netball Carnival
Teams have been organised and registrations have be submitted. Unfortunately, if you did not get your permission note in on time, you are too late to be included in a team.
Teams have been posted on the noticeboard. Please ask your child to check that their name is in a team. We would like a family to volunteer to take a St Jude’s tent to the netball carnival. If you are able to assist, please see Mrs Thomas. Information will be sent to Managers in the coming weeks about their teams, paying the umpire (a $5 donation from each family for their time), and any other information. Lastly, we are looking for a Year 6 coach for the day. If you know someone or are happy to volunteer your time, could you please let Mrs Thomas know, ASAP.
Junior Cricket registrations are open with the local Weston Creek Molonglo Cricket Club. Over the last few years, there have been a couple of teams of children, based around St Jude’s students, who play in the Friday nights U10 and up, competitions. If you are interested in playing, please see either James Hewitt (Abigail and Isabella Hewitt’s Dad) or Mal Larsen, Junior Registrar, 0487 021 986 firstname.lastname@example.org or register through Mycricket ID https://www.playcricket.com.au/club-finder/club-details?Id=14953&postcode=2611&disablity=1,2,4,8,16
Chief Minister's Reading Challenge
Verna Comley - Librarian
Phone: 6288 7688
Mulleyduds will be open:
Friday 6 September, 3.00pm to 3.30pm
Friday 13 September, 3.00pm to 3.30pm
Friday 20 September, 3.00pm to 3.30pm
Friday 27 September, 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
THANK YOU TO THE LOVELY HELPERS WHO HAVE COME TO MY RESCUE TODAY! My panic is over.
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE THAT HAS DONATED TO OUR … 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
Don’t forget to bring in your entry tickets!
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. Please remind your children to come to the canteen and collect their pens and sticker coupon. This is an initiative run by the Sydney Markets and a nationwide competition.
Our Masterchef family this week is the 'Cosmic Cabot Family' and they are making 'Bliss Balls'. The ingredients are: rolled oats, desiccated coconut, cinnamon, honey, cocoa, dates and coconut oil. 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 6 September
Help needed X 2
Wednesday 11 September
Help needed X 1
Thursday 12 September
Liz (Charlie W’s grandmother)
Georgina (Ethan B, Tristan B & Maya B’s grandmother)
Kim Hekimian - Canteen Kim
St Jude's Beer & Pie Night
The Beer & Pie Night will be held on Friday 13 September. All Dads, Grandads, Step-Dads, Uncles, male carers and friends of our school community are welcome. This should be a fantastic night of games, prizes and fun. Please see the flyer for further details.
The wonderful Canteen Kim will not be returning in 2020 as Canteen Manager, so we are looking for her replacement. If you are interested in the position, please contact the front office, Mr Galvin or myself for further information.
The next Community Council meeting will be held in the school library next Tuesday 10 September at 6pm. We hope to see you there!
Charlotte Dalton - Community Council Chair
Once you have read a fabulous story, make links to the story...
”I love Winnie the Pooh because he reminds me of my Grandpa, as he used to love honey too. I would always draw him pictures of honey pots but I tried to spell the word honey properly – Winnie the Pooh spells it like this - hunny.”
These links help build knowledge about text and story and are the beginnings of interpreting information. And it can be fun!