Dear Parents and Carers
The end of the school year has arrived and I would like to wish you all a very happy and holy Christmas with your families. Most people look forward to this time of the year because of the positive childhood memories they have. Children do make all the difference at this time. There is genuine ‘wonder and awe’ on children’s faces as they experience different aspects of Christmas. I hope that Christmas is a peaceful time for you and your families. I wish you every blessing and look forward to doing it all again next year.
Year 6 Graduation
Year 6 Graduation was held on Tuesday evening starting with Mass at 5.00pm. The evening was a fitting way to farewell our Year 6 classes and wish them all the best for their future. Our Year 5 students were the choir at Mass and it was also an opportunity for them to see what they will be part of next year, when they graduate from primary school. Thank you Mrs Chant for your efforts in organising the Mass. Following Mass students, families and staff moved over to our shelter shed where drinks and finger food were served. This was a good opportunity for all involved to mingle and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere. The formal part of graduation involved everyone moving back to church (for its air conditioning) for our awards giving. Our Year 6 students did a fine job in performing a song with all students playing an instrument/singing in a rock band - they were most impressive. I want to especially thank Mrs Shillington for her great work with the Year 6 song and band. Congratulations to all involved on a terrific night. I would like to make special mention of our Year 5 parents and students for their large contribution to the night through their catering and serving/cleaning up/choir duties. Thank you to the committee of Year 5 parents for a magnificent job in leading our Year 5 parents. Mrs Hart and Mrs Laudenbach organised our Year 5 students and they were magnificent, especially their choir efforts. Mrs Stincic and Mrs Gibson did a wonderful job in organising the awards aspect of the night and preparing the senior classes for the evening. I thank Mrs Stincic, Mrs Gibson and Mrs Chant on the wonderful job of teaching our seniors all year. Tuesday night reflects very well on them.
Major awards were presented to
School Captain Awards: Isabelle M and Cooper B
Citizenship Award (voted by students): Halle T
Citizenship Award (voted by staff): Ava B
Rostrum Award: Charlie R
Sr Margaret Watson Award: Ana P
Enthusiasm for Learning Award: Gemma C
Healthy Lifestyle Award: Oliver C
Global Awareness Award: Grace A
Outstanding Achievement Award: Alex K
House Captain and Vice-Captain Awards
Dixon: Oliver L and Kayley M
Mulley: Cooper M and Tayla B
Hindmarsh: Matthew H and Georgia M
Streeton: Ella N and Alice B
Anna M Grace A Sophie L Emily R
Classes for 2020
Yesterday morning from 9am to 11am, our students spent time in their classroom, with their classmates and teacher for next year. Things seemed to go smoothly and the children were certainly excited after this mornings session as many conversations were heard which clearly stated how much the children enjoyed their new arrangements.
Teachers and their classes in 2020 are
|KF Cathleen Feerick||KT Keryn Thiele||KH Shannon Henry|
|1S Catherine Smith||1T Zoe Tsiouris||1H Emily Holgate|
|2H Sharon Hart||2D Kelly Delaney|
|3M Karen Mahony||3S Anna Stincic||3LS Debbie Lynch and Angela Salleccia|
|4R Megan Rice||4LR Maggie Lloyd and
|5B Liz Bailey||5L Kathy Laudenbach|
|6S Tim Stephens and
|6G Nicole Gibson and Susan Chant|
We bid farewell to Karen Western after twelve years of dedicated, thoughtful and brilliant work as our Classroom Support Teacher. Any parent, child or teacher who has had anything to do with Karen can attest to her quality as a teacher. Her understanding of learning needs and solutions to these learning needs is unmatched in our system. St Francis of Assisi is fortunate to have her there from next year. Kim Hekimian will finish up as our canteen manger this year but will remain as assistant in our library for next year for three days. I want to thank Kim for her dedication to the canteen and for her ability to run the canteen smoothly, and with a smile. Lauren Jameson and Jessica Mead have been with us this year and I am delighted with their work. They show a real love of children, which is the initial indicator I look for when interviewing for staff. Both have been equally successful in guiding the children in their care on their learning journey. Lauren heads off to St Thomas the Apostle at Kambah and Jessica to St Bede’s at Red Hill. I want to thank each of these teachers for their dedication and commitment to the children in their care and wish them well for the future.
Best wishes and Merry Christmas. Thank you for a fabulous year.
Wishing you well
H a p p y B i r t h d a y t o
Greta H, Cooper W, Riona R, Jasper S, Abby M, Yanxi D, Halle T, Sophie V, Rhye M, Chelsea J and Daniel F.
For all of our students celebrating their Birthday during the school holidays, we wish you a Happy Birthday as well.
School Fees Reminder
A reminder to have your school fees paid in full before the end of term. Thank you to those families who are up to date.
A reminder to update your children's profiles on Qkr! at the end of the school year to reflect their new school year level in 2020, for example change the profile from year 3 to year 4.
We wish everyone a peaceful time with your families during the Christmas season.
Christmas Eve Children and Family Mass
At 6pm on Tuesday 24 December, the Christmas Eve vigil Mass will be held at St Jude’s Church. The highlight is the re-enactment of the Nativity story, presented by the school children. Extended families and visitors have come to the Mass for its significance but also because the children are involved in this wonderful part of the life of the Church.
Thank you to all the families and children who are going to be a part of this special Mass. There will be a practice in the church at 3pm on Monday 23rd December. All readers and actors are invited.
Sacramental Dates for 2020
As a parish and school, we have begun planning for the sacraments for 2020. If your child is Catholic, they are invited to make the Sacrament of Penance in Year 3, the Sacrament of Eucharist in Year 4 and the Sacrament of Confirmation in Year 6. If for any reason your child has not made a sacrament and they would like to, the invitation is there to be taken up. A note was sent home with all these students last week and there is a copy on our school website. Please put these important dates in your calendar for 2020.
Susan Chant - RE Coordinator
Phone: 6288 7688
H a p p y B i r t h d a y t o
Oliver O, Toby W, Jonah S and Scarlett O
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for a wonderful year at St Jude’s ELC, your continuous support has been greatly appreciated. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as Acting Director this year and look forward to being back in the full time (Turtle) ELC classroom in 2020.
I understand this is an incredibly busy time for you all. Could I please ask that you take 5 minutes to complete the ELC parent survey and return it via email or in hard copy. The survey was emailed and copies are available at the ELC desk. Your input is truly valued and will help guide decisions for the ELC in 2020.
Please take the time to check the lost property basket located under the sign in desk. All unclaimed items will be donated to charity at the end of the year, this week.
Camp Australia are open from Monday 13 January. Current ELC children are eligible to enrol in this program.
Camp Australia 2020
Don’t forget to enrol in Camp Australia Before and After School Hours Care for 2020. Camp Australia are open for bookings now, places are limited.
The uniform shop will be open on Saturday 1 February from 10am to 12pm. Orders can be made via the Qkr! app at any time and collected on Saturday 1 February
All of the ELC staff wish you and your families a safe and merry Christmas.
Karen Leighton - St Jude's ELC
Phone: 6287 5520
Capital football are running a summer holiday clinic from 20 to 22 January, 9am to 12pm each day at Hawker Synthetic, Walhallow Street, Hawker. If you are interested please go to https://capitalfootball.com.au/%20game-development/holiday-clinics/
Netball ACT will be delivering a netball clinics for girls and boys aged between 5 to 12. The two 1 day options on 30 to 31 January will be available to all St Jude’s students. The clinics include fun netball activities, an engaging healthy eating session in partnership with Healthy Choices. For more information go to https://act.netball.com.au/
Canberra School of Tennis will be running clinics throughout the Christmas holidays on 16 to 20 December, 20 to 24 January and 27 to 31 January. For more information visit http://www.csot.com.au/
A big thank you to all our school community (parents, older siblings, grandparents and friends) who spent time with us supporting our carnivals (swimming, athletics, cross country) and assisted with the regional and ACT carnivals. It has been greatly appreciated. Our next carnival will be held at the Queanbeyan Aquatics Centre on 19 February 2020. We would absolutely love assistance from our school community.
Leanne Thomas - Sports Coordinator
Song writing competition
Music: Count Us In is inviting students to submit their original songs for the National Song writing Competition. Finalists from this competition will be selected to take part in writing the song that will be sung by hundreds of thousands of Australians as part of Music: Count Us In 2020. All students with a passion for song writing are encouraged to apply. Applications close 19 February 2020.
Find out more: https://musicaustralia.org.au/program/countusin/the-song/2020-songwriting-competition/
Leanne Thomas - Specialist Music Teacher
Mulleyduds will be open:
Saturday 1 February, 10am to 12pm
End of year ordering
Ordering of school uniforms is as normal, through the Qkr! app or firstname.lastname@example.org until week 10.
Orders received after Tuesday 17 December will not be processed until Saturday 1 February 2020 and sent to classrooms during week 1, term 1, 2020. Normal uniform ordering will resume in the new year.
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 afternoons in 2020, from 3.00-3.30pm, your help would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you for the last 4 years and 8 months of support in the canteen, I couldn’t have done it without all of you. No matter how great or small your effort was, every moment counted.
Words are not enough to explain the appreciation I have for all the volunteers who have sacrificed their precious time. Your help in the smooth running of the daily canteen duties and the many carnivals we’ve had, is something that will not be forgotten. You know who you are-THANK YOU!
As much as I am a little sad for the end of this chapter, I am excited for the beginning of another. I’ll still be in the library next year, however, now for 3 days!
I wish you and all your family a very Merry Christmas.
Stay safe over the silly season and relax.
Best wishes in the New Year, especially to the Year 6 cohort of 2019.
Kim Hekimian - Canteen Kim
Positions available at 2020 AGM
Susan Rowell, who has been our wonderful treasurer for the last 3 years, will be leaving the school at the end of the year, and the position of Treasurer will be up for election at the 2020 AGM, held on Tuesday 18 February at 6pm in the library. The Treasurer is primarily responsible for overseeing the finances of the Community Council and works with the school Principal to ensure the Council is kept fully informed of its financial responsibility.
Rebecca Hunter will be completing her time as the Fundraising co-ordinator at the end of this year. In 2020, fundraising will be overseen by a committee of 3 to 4 parents. The committee will be responsible for ensuring volunteers are sought to support the various fundraising efforts of the Community Council throughout the year, but will not be responsible for the organisation or running of individual events, excluding the Fete, which is run by a separate committee.
Hooray! The 2020 fete is slowly appearing over the horizon! The St Judes “Spirit” fete will be held on Saturday 14 March 2020. I’m sure that as you are all letting your hair down for the holidays, many of you are wondering how you can contribute to next year’s fete. Here are some easy things you can do at your leisure while you are enjoying time with your family over the break:
- Have a clean up and put aside items for the Trash and Treasure stall. The shed will be open again next year, so keep an eye out for dates.
- If you’re doing holiday baking, make a double batch of biscuit dough and pop half, wrapped in gladwrap (rolled into a cylinder is easiest) in the freezer to cut and bake in the days leading to the fete. Biscuit dough can stay frozen for up to 3 months! Don’t forget to note what the ingredients are.
- Consider whether there is a stall you would like to take charge of, or consider getting together with friends to run a stall.
- Add some items to your regular shopping that can be donated to the silent auction hampers, such as shortbread, wine etc.
If you have any questions, or would like to volunteer your time, please email the fete committee at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are also looking for businesses to sponsor our fete and help reduce our costs. Sponsors will be broadly recognised in our fete advertising, school website and newsletters, as well as on the day. If you think your workplace or business would consider sponsorship, please contact Ben Dalton at email@example.com
Finally, I would like to thank the teachers, non-teaching staff, parents and other members of the St Jude’s Community for another wonderful year. This year, the Community Council was able to support a variety of projects, including new soccer and basketball tops, Mobilo for Kinder classes, new basketball backboards, beautification of student toilets and display cables for the new classrooms. This would not have been possible without the support of our broader school community, so thank you to everyone who helped out by donating their money, services and time. I wish you all a safe and Merry Christmas and holiday period. See you next year!
Charlotte Dalton - Community Council Chair
~ Awards Week 9, Term 4 ~
2D—Owen B and Mieke D
2BF—Izzy L, Ben L and Maria M
3M—Liam O, Noah S, Harrison R, Jonah M and Phoebe R
5L—Izzy H and Chloe C
5H—Ann-Maria M and Saffron C
6S—Ahmad M and Anna M