- Prayer for the Blessing of Rain
- Principal's Message
- School News
- RE News
- Sports News
- ELC News
- Music News
- Library News
- Mulleyduds Uniform Shop
- Mulleygrubs Café
- Butterfly Room News
- Student of the Week
- Reading Corner
- School Assembly
- School Banking
- Students not returning to St Jude's in 2020
- School Prayer
- Spring Fling—Friday 15 November
- St Jude's Fete—Trash and Treasure
- St Thomas the Apostle Kambah
- Festival Indonesia—Saturday 16 November
Bless Australia – our Great South Land of the Holy Spirit. Grant, that as the cross shines in our southern skies, so may Christ bring light to our nation, to its peoples old and new.
May we receive the blessing of abundant rain so the ‘desert blooms with the life that lies in wait.’
We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Dear Parents and Carers
Kinder 2020 Transition Mornings and Orientation Day
Big eyed and excited preschoolers came along this week for our transition mornings. Next Wednesday, we have our orientation day for Kinders in 2020 and as usual it will be a great day, full of expectation and hope. We have three Kinder classes again next year. Our Kinder teachers for 2020 are: Mrs Thiele, Mrs Henry and Mrs Feerick.
Alarm Bells Ringing - by Steve Francis
Two alarming reports were released last week. Both reports highlight stressors and significant challenges being faced by schools and I can’t help but think there is a connection. The National Working Families Report released last week found two-thirds of parents said they were too emotionally or physically drained to contribute to their family when they return home from work.
Working parents know how exhausting it can be to hold down a job while raising a family. So it won't come as a shock to discover more than half of them are feeling the impact this has on their relationships with their partners and kids. The Australian Bureau of Statistics said nearly a quarter of Sydney couples, with at least one child under the age of five, have both parents working full time, up from one in five in 2009. Nationally, that figure grew from 14 per cent 10 years ago to 21 per cent today.
Many early childhood educators are concerned that children entering school have limited oral language development. They have a very limited vocabulary, use single word responses instead of sentences and struggle with the reciprocal nature of a conversation. Poor oral language development will contribute to a delay in the development of literacy. One of the theories being suggested for this decline in oral language development is a decline in time parents spend talking with their children. Time poor working parents may be one factor but parents spending time on their phones instead of talking with their baby or toddler (for example whilst pushing the pram) could be another.
The Productivity Commission released their report stating one in seven Australian children has a mental illness, which can range from anxiety and depression to attention deficit hyperactivity and conduct disorders. They report that at schools, one in 20 kids needs extra help in class due to “social and emotional disability’’. The commission says young children should be screened for “social and emotional wellbeing’’ before they start school to stop them sliding into anxiety and depression. The Commission also recommends that $975 million a year be spent to hire a “wellbeing leader’’ for every school, to spot students with mental health problems and send them to psychologists.
It is no wonder that staff in many schools are feeling stressed as they try to pick up the pieces and maintain standards. Is it a time for a re-think!
Enrolment Survey – Key Findings
Catholic Education recently surveyed parents to obtain feedback from enrolment applicants on the key reasons for choosing a Catholic school and their experience with the overall enrolment process, particularly the online enrolment tool.
1) The key reasons for choosing a Catholic school, as stated by the respondents are;
- Supportive and faith-based environment
- Proximity to place of residence
- Excellent facilities such as buildings, grounds, library and resources
- Competency of the principal / leadership team.
2) The key information sources relied on by parents / guardians when making a decision are;
- Word of mouth from other parents and friends
- Interaction with school staff
- School open days
- Personal experience.
The school understands that phones can be an effective means of communication between home and students with regard to changed arrangements. So while we do not encourage the use of student phones, we are very clear in stating that students can only access their phone for messages at break times. Phones are to remain in student bags at all times and definitely not taken on to the playground. If your child has a phone, can I ask that you discuss the importance of using a phone appropriately.
Orientation Day - Uniform orders
A reminder for 2020 Kindergarten families to return your uniform orders prior to Orientation Day, next Wednesday 13 November.
75th Canberra Carols by Candlelight
School families are invited to bring a picnic dinner and join in the 75th Canberra Carols by Candlelight, to be held at Stage 88, Commonwealth Park, on Saturday, 14 December from 7pm.
Organised by the Woden Valley Youth Choir, this event is the second longest running city community carols in Australia (Melbourne is the longest).
Come and join us for a night of song and celebration. It's a great way to begin the Christmas season.
Find us on Facebook ("75th Carols by Candlelight") for more details.
St Vincent de Paul Giving Tree
This year, our Mini Vinnies group will be organising Christmas donations for people in need, in Molonglo and Weston Creek. Next week, they will set up our Giving Tree in the school hallway, where families can make donations. Details about what can be donated will be given out in the coming week.
On Monday 11 November, Year 6 will be leading the school in a Remembrance Day Liturgy as part of our morning prayer. All parents and caregivers are more than welcome to join us.
Parish Christmas BBQ
On Friday 6 December at 6pm, our parish will be holding its annual Christmas BBQ at St John Vianney Primary School. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Cathy Schneider at our parish office on 8331 7611. There will also be a sign up sheet at the back of both churches at our weekend Masses.
Instagram for Youth Ministry
Our very talented youth minister, Theresa Corson, has created an Instagram account for our parish. This is a great way to keep up to date with all things youth. Please follow us on westoncreekyouthministry
Starting in week 8, our Year 4 and 5 classes will be leading us in our Advent liturgies. These will be held each Monday morning at 9am in our church. Please come along!
Simon Carroll at Assembly
This year we have worked hard to raise money for our partner school in Kenya, Surgeon School. Simon Carroll will be with us on Friday 15 November for our assembly where he will be presented with our fundraising efforts for 2019. Thank you to all families for generously donating their time and money. A very big thank you to our Year 6 students for organising our Mini Missions Fete. All money raised from this fete goes to Surgeon.
A large number of students from Year 4 have decided to become altar servers for our school and parish Masses. They have recently been trained and will begin their ministry in our school Masses very soon. If any other Catholic students in Year 4 or 5 are interested in becoming altar servers, please come and see me.
- 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 - RE Coordinator
All students at St Jude’s will be involved in tennis lessons once a week in term 4. 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 court. A big thank you Joe for running our sessions once again this year.
All students at St Jude’s will be participating in swimming clinics in term 4. Notes for swimming registration have been sent home. Please ensure your child is registered before our lessons in week 7 (25 to 29 November) and week 8 (2 to 6 December). If you need your child's registration code, please contact the front office.
Students up for a challenge have the opportunity to be involved in the Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon on Sunday 9 February 2020. Early entries are available with students asked to register through the website at https://tryathlon.com.au/
Leanne Thomas - Sports Coordinator
H a p p y B i r t h d a y t o
Emma F and Harry D
If your child will be attending St Jude’s for Kindergarten next year, please remember to order uniforms as soon as possible. The cut off date for Orientation Day delivery was last Friday. A big thank you to the wonderful volunteers who manage all the uniform orders in the Mulleyduds uniform shop. You can order uniforms via the Qkr! app, visit the school website for an order form or visit Mulleyduds during their open times (refer to the Mulleyduds section of the newsletter). All proceeds from Mulleyduds goes to the St Jude’s Community Council to fund projects for the school.
ELC Uniform Free Day
Next Wednesday 13 November (Orientation Day) will be a uniform free day for all ELC children.
St Jude’s Orientation Day
The ELC and the primary school will be holding our Orientation Day for 2020 ELC and Kindergarten children respectively on Wednesday 13 November. Please note that parents/guardians are responsible for taking and collecting children. Parents are required to sign their child into the ELC once Kindergarten orientation has concluded. ELC children not attending St Jude’s in 2020 should come to the ELC as normal.
ELC Tea Towels
ELC tea towels (misprinted 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!
Last Day of Term
The last day of Term 4 is Thursday 19 December. The ELC will be running one day of holiday care for current ELC children on Friday 20 December. Booking forms will be emailed and posted in the notes section of the school website in week 7.
ELC fees are due tomorrow, Friday 8 November. 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
Chief Ministers Reading Challenge
A huge congratulations to our African drummers and representatives. We are still receiving congratulations and positive comments about our student performance and behaviour. Well done! If you would like a copy of the video and photos, please send in a USB to Mrs Thomas.
Junior and Senior Choir
Our junior and senior choir started rehearsals last 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 performances will be open to the public. Could all students please return their permission note and media release form by Friday 8 November.
Leanne Thomas - Specialist Music Teacher
Last Thursday, these children represented our school at the Chief Minister’s Reading Challenge Award Ceremony held at the National Library. Charlie M (6CG) received the award for Years 5 and 6; Addison P (5L) received the award for Years 3 and 4, and Monica T (5L) received the award for Years P to 2. A big thank you to Monica who stepped in for Ann M at the last moment when she was ill and unable to come. Well done to everyone who completed the Challenge! Students who completed the CMRC will receive their individual certificates in the coming weeks.
Our African Drumming group also attended the CMRC ceremony to perform and were a great hit!
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!! Come at 2pm before you pick the kids up; come at 4pm or 5pm before you collect them from afterschool care. Browse without children and secure some good deals.
Thank you for the couple of “Mates” books that came in (from Big W). Thank you to the McCabe family for donating some preloved books to the school. Also a big thank you to Ellie C (4LR) who brought in 2 bags of books for the Library. Donations are always appreciated.
Verna Comley - Librarian
Phone: 6288 7688
Mulleyduds will be open:
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.
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 or contact me if you’re interested.
Please remember to add a 10c payment for a bag on Qkr!
Our Masterchef this week is 'The Easy-going Egan Family' and they are making 'Honey Joys'. The ingredients are: honey, butter, sugar and corn flakes. We will be selling them for 50c.
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
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!
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.
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 8 November
Help needed x 2
Wednesday 13 November
Help needed x 1
Thursday 14 November
Peter L (TBC)
Kim Hekimian - Canteen Kim
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.
If you have any questions relating to the Matrix, please contact your child’s classroom teacher or me.
Karen Western - Learning Support Teacher
Phone: 6288 7688
~ Awards Week 3, Term 4 ~
KF—Arthur M and Patrick F
KT—Max C and Hudson S
KH—Thomas E and Alexandria P
1S —Arjun M
1T—Giselle C and Ivy B
2D—Sophie P and Addison R
2BF—Kenish K and Isabelle L
2J—Miah A and Maddison K
3M—Amelia R, Millie T and Charlie W
3ME—Haya M and Archer B
4KR—Declan DC, Rosie G
4LR—Luke W, Caitlin S and Jasper S
5L—Monica T and Isla T
5H—Campbell L and Ella V
6S—Cooper M and Matt H
6CG—Ryan O and Charlie M
I realised that reading was the key that opened the door to secret lands, STRANGE PLACES and the worlds behind other people’s eyes.
Romana Koval, By the Book
National Library of Australia (2016). Reading Pleasures. Canberra, ACT: NLA Publishing. P 29
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.
The Trash or Treasure shed will be open
Saturday 23 November from 11am to 12pm.
Please bring along your donations in a clean condition. Brendan is also after Huggies nappy boxes to help sort items. If you have any lying about at home, please bring them in.
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