We thank you Lord, for this term. For the challenges, the successes, and the mistakes from which we have learnt. Be with us as we spend our time with family and friends. Give us strength and courage to do what is right: to be witnesses of our faith. Help us to be a practical Christian these holidays, to appreciate what others do for us, to give time and effort to help others. To be peacemakers in our family. Keep us safe in our activities; give us good rest and good fun. Bring us back refreshed and ready for a new term. We thank you for our classmates, teachers, parents and a community that cares for us. May we always be conscious of you in our lives. Amen
During the first two weeks of term 4, students may choose to wear either winter or summer uniform. This is to allow for the unpredictable weather we experience in Canberra in October. We do ask that all children wear their school hats at lunchtime and recess from week 1 of term 4.
Dear Parents and Carers
Thank you to everyone for what has been a very successful term 3. We have worked hard in school. Students have achieved great things and there has been a great deal of learning along the way. I thank each and every one of you for the contribution you make to St Jude’s. Without staff who work hard, families prepared to support school and students who are nurtured in every way possible, then this school would not be reaching the milestones we do. Enjoy a well-earned break everybody.
Many of us often need reminding that no matter what is going on in our lives, no matter how we feel, no matter how busy we are or how we might feel, we owe it to everybody to remember KINDNESS. Kindness is the motivation, recognition and enactment of positive actions towards others, and it is invaluable — it has an amazing power to alter how you view others and the world around you. Offering others kindness can change someone else's day for the better. I am sure many of you will have experienced random acts of kindness. How amazing that people just do something for someone else without expecting anything in return! If you read no further than this point, you should know that kindness affects the user and the experiencer — leaving a lasting impression on both. In this fast paced world, sadly, kindness and compassion often take a back seat. This quote by Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics, David W Orr stirs a thought for me: ‘The plain fact is that the planet does not need more successful people. But it does desperately need more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers and lovers of every kind. It needs people who live well in their places. It needs people of moral courage willing to join the fight to make the world habitable and humane.’ Kindness is fundamental to our existence. Kindness is sewn into the framework of our DNA. We are literally wired for kindness. But sadly it is also easily forgotten. I love being on the playground at St Jude’s as you constantly see kindness being shown. It is a great joy.
What is the core purpose of a school?
With so many challenges and factors involved in answering such a question, it can be difficult to get agreement from among those most directly involved - teachers, parents, governments and even students. When all is boiled down I think the purpose of education, and of school, is becoming – becoming a good person and becoming a more capable person than when they started. Learning is nothing more than a way of accomplishing that goal.
Concepts such as resilience and teamwork, gratitude and service, kindness (as written about above), compassion, leadership, tolerance, inclusiveness and integrity are all crucial values and traits for the development of a young person into a successful adult.
One of the more pressing challenges facing schools is the increasing number of areas schools are required to educate their students. We all know that no longer are the 3Rs enough. A whole new digital world, changing cultural expectations, funding concerns and I think a looming shortage of teachers are just some of these challenges. But at the same time I think it is true that our students here at St Jude’s continue to work hard to become the best versions of themselves, show compassion and display empathy for ‘the other’, and show common sense and sensible decision-making that belie their age, with the support of you parents and our teachers. Parents and staff need to continue to work hard, just like our students in order to give them the education they need for the 21st century, both in areas that can be measured with data and those that can’t — the Christian / Kingdom aspect of what we do here.
Another successful working bee was held last Sunday. A number of our gardens received a ‘tidy up’ with plants, bushes and small trees trimmed and new mulch spread. It is always encouraging to see parents and children attending these days to maintain our facilities for the benefit of all children. I am a firm believer in having many play spaces in the school yard so that children can choose an interesting place to play. The blossoms on display from different types of trees has / is stunning this year. Thank you to all who were able to come along last Sunday. Your help and support is appreciated.
Peter Galvin - Principal
Phone: 6288 7688
School Photos will be on Thursday 31 October. The photo envelopes will be sent home with students on Monday 14 October, (week 1 term 4). Photo envelopes need to be returned on photo day, Thursday 31 October. Sibling envelopes can be collected from the front office during the beginning of term 4.
Camp Australia - 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.
Camp Australia have emailed all families a unique code to access holiday care bookings for St Jude’s.
St Jude’s families can contact Camp Australia on 0411 554 854 if you would like to enrol.
Dates to remember for the end of term 4
- The last day of term 4 has been confirmed as Thursday 19 December.
- Friday 20 December — vacation care available
- Monday 23 December — Camp Australia closed from Monday 23 December and will reopen for vacation care on Monday 13 January 2020.
St Jude’s Feast Day/ Grandparents Day
On Monday 28 October, our school will celebrate our feast day. This day will start with Mass and then will be followed by learning journeys in our Kinder to Year 2 classes. We will take this opportunity to open all our classes to parents and grandparents. A special morning tea will follow this, for our grandparents. More details to come!
Beatitudes Prayer Assembly
On Monday 21 October, 1S will present the next Beatitude Liturgy. We will learn about the seventh Beatitude ‘Blessed are the Peacemakers’ and how this can be applied in our everyday lives. Today, so much hatred and violence occurs around the world, and there always seems to be yet another tragic story in the news. Jesus came to give life and peace. How can we be peacemakers?
Susan Chant - St Jude's Primary School
It has been a fast paced, few weeks with many excursions organised and this week was no different. Stingrays and Turtles enjoyed a walk to Cooleman Court earlier this week where they tried a variety of sushi rolls for lunch. This was an extension of our fruit shop and was instigated by our students who were discussing amongst themselves if they had tasted sushi or not. Most of the children were happy to try eating sushi and many discovered that they actually enjoyed the flavour and texture.
ELC Holiday Care Bookings Due
The ELC Holiday Care Program will run during the October school holidays, from 8.00am to 5.30pm from Monday 30 September to Friday 11 October (minus the public holiday on Monday 7 October). All holday bookings fees must be paid in full before the program commences to secure your place.
The final fees for term 3 are now due. Could you please check your accounts and ensure that all term fees are up to date.
All orders have now been sent home. We did order a few extras so if you would like to purchase one, please contact the ELC office.
Lids 4 Kids
Thank you to the many families that have contributed to our collection of plastic milk bottle lids and bread tags. Envision Hands have been overwhelmed with donations and have asked us to stop collecting at this stage, so they can focus on Stage 2, processing the tops and tags.
Second Hand Uniforms
We have placed a small selection of second hand uniforms in the front foyer, for those families who need a spare item of clothing/hat to last them one more term.
I hope you have a safe and happy holiday.
Karen Leighton - St Jude's Early Learning Centre
Phone: 6287 5520
Catholic Schools Netball Carnival
Managers have been contacted regarding their teams. If you have registered your child for the Catholic Schools Netball Carnival to be held on Saturday 19 October, please expect an email or phone call from your manager to give you a little more information about the day.
We are still 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.
Once again this week, we had a visit from the Giants who ran a huge AFL game on Wednesday at lunchtime. These sessions are often open to our senior students, however, it was great to see so many students involved in the game.
This week, we had a visit from Keta and Nick from Coerver Coaching. Students from Kindergarten, Year 3 and Year 6 thoroughly enjoyed their forty minute sessions with Nick and Keta. If your child is interested in participating in some more sessions with Coerver there is plenty of sessions run throughout the year. Information is on our website under our communication notes page or go to:
Next term all students at St Jude’s will be participating in seven tennis lessons with Joe and his team from the Weston Creek Tennis Club. Students in our junior years (Kindy to Year 3) will have lessons at St Jude’s, and our senior students (Year 4 to Year 6) will be walking to the Weston Creek Tennis Club to enjoy their lessons.
Congratulations to Ellie C (4LR) who ran the 200m and the 100m race at the Nationals. Ellie ran a personal best in the 100m of 13.93 and made it through to the finals. Ellie finished 8th overall.
Thank you to the Chidgey family for donating much loved pillow pets to the Library.
Thank you to all the students who borrow, enjoy reading and return their books regularly! Hope you spend some time reading over the holidays! Enjoy!!
Verna Comley - Librarian
Phone: 6288 7688
Mulleyduds will be open:
Friday 27 September, 3.00pm to 3.30pm
Wednesday 16 October, 8.30am to 9.30am
Friday 18 October, 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.
Our prices are very competitive and most importantly, 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
Susana Lloyd, Skye Maguire and Alison Egan
Urgent Donation of Family Meals
We have a family who need our support over the holidays. If you have time to cook or purchase family meals, please bring them into the Canteen tomorrow (Friday 27/9). Thank you in advance.
WALKATHON SAUSAGE SIZZLE volunteers needed
on Friday 25 October
Thank you to everyone who has donated to our Lids for Limbs
Envison Hands have said “Thank you” but please put a “lid” on the donations…hahaha! They have been inundated with lids and now need to move onto stage 2 — the shredding. So well done everyone. We will let you know when we can start up again.
Fresh for Kids
Competition is now closed. Watch this space…
Frozen Watermelon slices are now available
Our Masterchef this week is the 'The Hortative Hamilton Family' and they are making 'Weet Bix slice'. The ingredients are: weet bix, flour, cocoa, sugar, coconut, butter, golden syrup, vanilla essence and chocolate. We will be selling them for 50c.
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
Please remember to add a 10c payment for a bag on Qkr!
Friday 27 September
Help needed X 1
Wednesday 16 October
Help needed X 1
Thursday 17 October
Help needed X 2
Kim Hekimian - Canteen Kim
Phone: 6288 7688
~ Awards Week 9, Term 3 ~
KF—Isobel S and Isaac S
KT—Zara B and Grace SC
KH—Charlie De and Ashley T
1S—Baxter R and Riley W
1T—Blaise LF and Henri S
2D—James D and Olivia W
2BF—Charlotte R and Manashwi C
2J—Cyrano M and Audrey P
3ME—Ashlyn E and Jacob G
5L—Addison P and Aleks S
6S—Dani A and Emily R
6CG—Georgia K and Noah H
Music—Emily R, Grace A and Alex K
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.