- A Prayer for the Gift of Understanding
- Principal's Message
- School News
- RE News
- ELC News
- Sport News
- Music News
- Library News
- Mulleyduds Uniform Shop
- Mulleygrubs Café
- Butterfly Room News
- Camp Australia
- Reading Corner
- Students of the Week
- School Prayer
- Students not returning to St Jude's in 2020
- School Assembly
- School Banking
- Spring Fling—Friday 15 November
- St John Vianney's School Fete — Saturday 2 November
- St Thomas the Apostle Kambah
Lord Jesus Christ,
grant me the gift of understanding.
Help me to understand the feelings of others,
the desires of others,
the goals of others.
At the same time,
help me to understand myself
in my actions and reactions.
Widen my vision beyond my own small world
to embrace with knowledge and love the worlds of others.
Help me, Lord, to always see you at work in my own life
and in the lives of others.
Bless me with insight,
acceptance and love
that is tempered by you
who are all things to all men.
Help me to understand, Lord.
Dear Parents and Carers
2019 Drought Relief Funding
Catholic education has resolved to provide additional funding to systemic schools in drought declared and drought affected areas in our Archdiocese. The funding will be available for application in 2019. CE acknowledges that all schools operating in drought declared or affected areas face some level of economic impact related to the drought. We understand that effects of the drought are felt throughout the communities in which the schools operate, with reduced incomes and lower levels of employment. It is intended that this funding will provide some measure of financial relief to families experiencing the effects of drought. A total of just over $520,000 will be distributed across the 9 affected schools in West Wyalong, Grenfell, Young (Primary and Secondary), Murrumburrah, Lake Cargelligo, Cootamundra, Boorowa and Gundagai. Within our Archdiocese, these are the drought declared or affected areas per the Department of Primary Industries, Combined Drought Indicator. Our intention is to continue to offer support to families during 2020 in drought declared and or affected areas.
Australian Curriculum: Parent Information
The Australian Curriculum sets the goal for what all students should learn as they progress through their school life. But did you know the Australian Curriculum website has a separate section that has information for parents? There is a handy Australian Curriculum: an overview for parents to learn about how the Australian Curriculum is organised, including information about the learning areas, general capabilities and cross-curriculum priorities. Further information about what’s in the curriculum is grouped by years so you can see what your child will learn at the various stages of their schooling. I encourage you all to have a look at these links.
Student Leaders for 2020
Early next week we will begin the process of choosing our school leaders for 2020. Our senior classes experienced a leadership day recently in which various aspects of leadership were discussed and workshopped. At this day our Year 6 students for next year were challenged to think about what a good leader does. From this day a number of girls and boys have nominated for school captain. Good luck to all these students who present their school captain speech on Monday. Other leadership positions will be voted on / chosen in the coming weeks.
Next year’s Kindergarten students arrive at our doorstep next Tuesday for the first time as Kinder students for next year. We have organised a two session transition program for them based on the success of recent years. The short time they will be with us next week on Tuesday and Thursday is very important for the children and equally important for the parents (especially if the child is the eldest in the family). Simple activities have been organised for the children as well as a short exploration of the school and grounds. Our Kindergarten teachers for 2020 will be Mrs Thiele, Mrs Feerick and Mrs Henry. They will work with the children next week in order to organise class groupings for our orientation day on Wednesday 13 November.
Peter Galvin - Principal
Phone: 6288 7688
Scholastic Book Club Orders
A reminder that all book club orders are to be completed on line and no cash order can be taken by the school. For instructions on how to order, click on this link: Schoolastic_Bookclub_Loop.pdf
All book club orders are due today, Thursday 31 October.
St Jude's Annual Walkathon was a great success. Please return sponsorship forms and donations to school by Friday 15 November.
As we finish school this year on Thursday 19 December, we are moving our Thanksgiving Mass to Thursday 12 December. This is our opportunity to thank all the wonderful people in our school community who give up their time to help in the classrooms and with school events such as the Fete and Walkathon (to name but a few). We will also farewell families who are leaving our St Jude’s community. All families and friends are welcome to attend.
Year 6 Graduation
On Tuesday 17 December, we will formally farewell our Year 6 students. The evening will start with Mass at 5pm in our church, followed by a ceremony in our hall. A note will go home within the next week with more detail.
It is wonderful to be witness to so many of our parents joining us for our morning prayer at assembly. It is part of our mission to invite (not impose) our students into developing a relationship with God through prayer. Our classrooms are a space where we pray daily also. There are many benefits to prayer and as teachers, we see this daily as the students lead and are led by prayer:
It helps you develop a relationship with God
It helps you find answers
It helps you find direction in your life
It gives you strength to avoid temptation
It aligns your will with God’s will.
If you are searching for any of the above, I suggest giving prayer a go!
- Friday 8 November: CSYMI Retreat for our Youth Ministry team, St Vincent’s Aranda.
- Thursday 12 December: Whole School Thanksgiving Mass, 9.30am.
- Tuesday 17 December: Year 6 Graduation, starting at 5pm in the church.
- Thursday 19 December: Candle Ceremony, 2.30pm.
Susan Chant - St Jude's Primary School
Phone: 6288 7688
H a p p y B i r t h d a y t o
Sophie P and Emma J
This morning the ELC celebrated a special mass dedicated to Ms Candy who passed away one year ago today. Ms Candy was an educator at our ELC since it opened in 2014 and remains a very special part of the ELC. The tree at the front of the ELC was planted last year to remember Candy and today after mass Fr Michael also blessed the new plaque in her memory. We are very thankful for the time we spent with Ms Candy. Please continue to keep her family in your prayers.
ELC Tea towels
Misprinted tea towels (with the primary school logo rather than the ELC logo) are available from the ELC for $5 each. These will make a great gift for Christmas!
Thank you to those parents who were able to join us on our walkathon. Sponsorship money can be sent in cash or paid on Qkr!
St Jude's Orientation Day
The ELC and the primary school will be holding Orientation Day for 2020 ELC and Kinder children respectively on Wednesday 13 November. Please note that parents/guardians are responsible for taking and collecting children. ELC children not attending St Jude’s in 2020 should come to the ELC as normal. This will be a uniform free day for all ELC children.
The St John Vianney’s Fete is on this Saturday 2 November. It is always a great family and community day. If you would like to order a Fete Hand or Ride Pass contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fee statements for weeks 5 and 6 were emailed today. As we are approaching the end of the year, prompt payment of fees would be appreciated.
Karen Leighton - St Jude's Early Learning Centre
Phone: 6287 5520
Our fitness has reverted back to our school fitness run, rather than our house fitness. We are really enjoying the enthusiasm of the students (and the encouragement from parents) who are determined to better their placings and times each Wednesday and Friday. If your child is unable to participate for a particular reason, could you please send a note in with them to explain the situation.
Students in Year 4 to Year 6 will be meeting Joe at the Weston tennis courts near McDonalds on Fridays, and Joe will meet our Kindy to Year 3 students on our Netball courts. A big thank you Joe for running our sessions once again this year.
All students at St Jude’s will be participating in tennis and swimming clinics in term 4. Notes for swimming registration have been sent home. Please ensure your child is registered before our lessons begin in week 7 (25 to 29 November) and week 8 (2 to 6 December).
Leanne Thomas - Sports Coordinator
Phone: 6288 7688
Chief Ministers Reading Challenge
Our wonderful African drumming group performed at the Chief Ministers Reading challenge today. Everyone did a marvellous job of entertaining the crowd and were fabulous ambassadors for St Jude’s. Congratulations to the students who were involved.
Junior and Senior Choir
Our junior and senior choir started rehearsals this week. We are preparing for our upcoming performances at Parliament House. Both choirs will be performing during week 7 which is our first week of swimming, this was unfortunately unavoidable. Students in the junior choir will be performing on Thursday 28 November at 1.30pm and our senior choir will be performing on Friday 29 November at 11.30am, in the Great Hall. These performance will be open to the public. Could all students please return their permission note and media release form by Friday, 8 November.
Young Music Society
The ACT Young Music Society will be running a summer music school in the summer holidays (6-17 January 2020). This is a two week program that caters for beginners to advanced musicians. If you would like more information please visit youngmusicsociety.org.au
Leanne Thomas - Specialist Music Teacher
Phone: 6288 7688
Heads up to a special event that will be happening in Week 5!
Parents and grandparents, friends and neighbours are invited to a Scholastic Book Fair to be held in the Library on Wednesday 13 November from 2pm to 6pm. This is a great opportunity to do some pre-Christmas shopping BUT EVEN BETTER, is the special offer BUY ONE, GET ONE FREE! Yes, 2 books for the price of 1! Come at 2pm before you pick the kids up, come at 4 or 5pm before you collect them from afterschool care. Browse without children and secure some good deals. A pamphlet will be coming home with the eldest child at school very soon! Mark it on your calendar!
Verna Comley - Librarian
Phone: 6288 7688
Mulleyduds will be open:
Friday 1 November, 3.00pm to 3.30pm
Friday 8 November, 3.00pm to 3.30pm
Friday 15 November, 3.00pm to 3.30pm
Friday 22 November, 3.00pm to 3.30pm
Friday 29 November, 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: 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 - Mulleyduds Uniform Shop
Community Council Freezer
In our community we have families who are doing it tough for many different reasons. If you’re in a position to help, we would love some home made or purchased meals to fill our little freezer.
Walkathon sausage sizzle
Thank you so much to everyone who helped with the sausage sizzle. Manny Sigala did an awesome job on the BBQ! These days are made possible because of you. Thank you again.
Mulleygrubs Masterchef needed
Thank you to the families who have put their name down already. I only need 3 more families to end the year. Time goes way too quick! Please email the canteen of contact me if you’re interested.
Our Masterchef this week is the 'The Horticultural Hunter Family' and they are making 'Spooky Strawberries'. The ingredients are: fresh strawberries, milk chocolate and white chocolate. We will be selling them for 50c.
Please remember to add a 10c payment for a bag on Qkr!
Frozen Watermelon slices are now available
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 1 November
Wednesday 6 November
Thursday 7 November
Kim Hekimian - Canteen Kim
Phone: 6288 7688
Return of Personalised Plans and Matrix Receipt
Thank you to all of you who have returned your receipt of the Matrix and Personal Plan.
If you haven’t returned the sheet of paper that has a red “RETURN THIS PAGE ONLY” could you do it ASAP? It is imperative that the school has acknowledgement from you.
Timber blocks for PlayPod
Does anyone have contact with a retired / semi retired carpenter or someone willing to take on a commission to make some brick sized timber blocks for our PlayPod? These timber blocks would need to be various sizes but stackable, and well finished/sanded, etc. Please contact Jo Ratcliffe, Butterfly Room at firstname.lastname@example.org
Karen Western - Learning Support Teacher
Phone: 6288 7688
I would like, to introduce myself, my name is Tabitha. I am the new coordinator for Camp Australia OSHC here at St Jude's. Although I am new to the OSHC environment I have been working with children for 8 years. I hope to deliver the best service and care for your children and provide a safe and stimulating environment for them to learn and engage in. I am open to new suggestions and would love any feed back. I look forward to getting to know you, your children and the school community.
In week 5 of this term (11-15 November), we have recycling week and encourage families to please bring us any recycled materials they are getting rid of. This includes bottles, boxes, lids, anything recyclable.
Last term we won the prize for our Science Week program and will be gifted with a jumpy castle for the children at the end of this term!
Celebrate the biggest break of the year, with Holiday Club. Holiday Club is all about helping your children discover themselves. With a wealth of learning opportunities embedded in our fun, challenging projects and engaging adventures, we’ll find their passions, engage them, and excite them. With years of experience and building off family feedback, we’re happy to present to you, our Summer Holiday Club. It’s packed with cooking days, science experiments, sporting events, adventurous excursions and heaps more.
Book now. To find out when these activities are on during the school holidays, visit www.campaustralia.com.au/holidayclubs
Camp Australia OSHC
Show your children that you value reading. I love it when my children say “Oh, you can’t talk to mum, she’s engrossed in reading!” And now, they read the same way – and it drives me crazy! But they are reading!
~ Awards Week 2, Term 4 ~
1S —Euan A
4KR—Thusini LG and Mitchell R
4LR—Ethan W and Ruby W
5L Natalie S
Father in heaven, we, the family of
St Jude's School,
ask You to unite us all in love,
truth and courage.
We want to love You and each other.
We want to learn the truth that
Jesus taught us.
Give us the courage to live good lives.
Help us to treat each other as
special members of our special family.
Create a close bond between
pupils, teachers and parents.
Give us pride in our school
and may our school
always be proud of us.
We thank You for being our Father
who gives us life and love.
St Thomas the Apostle School & Parish Fete
- Proudly Brought to you by Jupiter Kitchens & MEJ -
37-39 Boddington Cres, KAMBAH ACT 2902
Saturday 9 November 2019, 10am - 2:30pm
There will be so much to see & do
Stalls – Side Show Alley, Show Bags, Cakes, Trash 'n' Treasure, Craft Stall, Plant Stall, Books, & Used Clothing.
Rides - Dodgem Cars, Giant Slide, Supa Cha Cha, Jumping Castles
Great food - BBQ, Vietnamese, Tongan Food, Devonshire Tea & Coffee Stand
Prizes – Tombola, Chocolate wheel, Money Tree
Pick-a-Prize - $10 gives you 20 chances to win Prizes incl. Jamala Lodge Stay, iPad, $500 Gift Card & more. Tix’s available for presale
Entertainment - Bands, School choir
Face Painting & Tattoos & much, much more
There is lots to see, do and buy. Come along & share the fun