Welcome to the end of Wk 9
We welcome a new member into our community, Hanston's new baby brother, Polston. We wish Hanston's family much joy.
“God, please give my child all that is required for a good way of life and for a good way of living. Please let this child bring joy and pride to me and my family. I will give all that is needed to this child. And help me to do my best to guard and protect my baby for his/her lifetime."
Disappointingly our Covid local numbers do not seem to be going down and NSW numbers continue to climb. Therefore, we would like to implement two offerings for next week.
Well-Being Wednesday: Once again we would like to hold a well-being day for students to give them some down time from their school work. Some children have opted to use this as a catch-up time as well, either way it is so they can feel good about what they are doing in Remote Learning. This initiative will also support R U OK Day which Mrs Reed discusses in her section today.
Library Books: Some children have asked Ms Heath if they can borrow books for next week and the holidays. As such, the school will make a 'pick and collect' available for those families who are short on reading materials and know that their children would like to choose a book. Next Wednesday between 12:30pm and 3pm parents will be able to come into the school, check-in and select approximately 3 books to take home from the school hall. The books will be placed on aged-based tables. If you have books to return, we do ask that you bring these in and place them in the tubs located under the appropriate table.
NAPLAN results should arrive this week and the school will mail these out to families as soon as they arrive. Hopefully, the local mail will not take too long and you should expect the results within a weeks time. We will notify parents on the day they are mailed out.
Possible Fee Relief
The CE recognise that this lock-down may be impacting families financially as well as psychologically.
Where your family is experiencing financial stress due to job loss, being stood down, reduction in work hours, business downturn or closure resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, full or partial fee relief is available for Term 3. To apply for fee relief, you are asked to indicate the level of assistance you feel you need at this time by completing a one-page fee assistance form. Please contact the school and we will email this form to you directly.
Thank you for the 62 responses to our Canteen Survey. It would be wonderful if we could get a few more responses, but with over 65% of our community voicing their opinion, I will be able to move forward with the information given. There is however, still time for your voice to be heard by clicking on the link provided in the email sent out to you last week.
Unfortunately, and I am sure everyone has noticed, our school sign is out of order. What should have been a quick repair has been significantly delayed as we wait on the part and technician to repair our sign. He of course, is based out of Sydney and is currently locked out of the ACT.
God bless and stay safe
Today is a national day of action, dedicated to asking one another ‘are you really ok?’. Feeling the wonderful warmth and optimism of our St John Vianney’s School community during this time is heartening, but do we really know the state of each other’s mental and physical health?
Struggles with mental health can affect all ages, but mental health in children is often overlooked as being attention seeking, selfish, undisciplined, or sooky. Childhood is an important time for healthy development and well-being, however, childhood is also a time of vulnerability. For children, loving, responsive, and stable relationships with caring adult figures can help with this vulnerability, through providing a sense of security. As children are sometimes unaware of their mental state, and additionally unsure how to express their well-being comprehensively, it is up to us to look for signs of mental illness and emotional struggle.
Mental health struggles extend further than our children, so it is important to stretch our love and support to our grandparents, neighbours, friends, and especially, ourselves. With a week remaining before our break, I would like to give a huge pat on the back for the perseverance of our SJV community in maintaining enthusiasm and resilience during this term. We are incredibly grateful to be surrounded by a loving SJV family that continues to help each other be ‘really ok’.
Blessings to all,
Gospel Reflection - Mark 8:27-35
In this week’s Gospel, Jesus asks his disciples, ‘who do you say I am?’ When Peter answers with ‘you are the Christ,’ Jesus tells them about how He is destined to suffer and die but will rise again. Peter, understandably, did not recognise this as good news, despite Jesus’ assurances that it was. One of the reasons we believe this to be good news is because Jesus set an example for all his disciples to follow. He loved us so much that He was willing to suffer and die for us. He helps us when we choose to follow Him and offer our lives in service to others.
At the moment, it can be difficult to see the ‘good news’ in anything that is happening around us. At first glance, the news is full of stories of hopelessness and despair, inspiring angst and worry about what the next few weeks and months will bring. Many of us feel frustrated and stressed balancing working from home with family life and some of us have been unable to see interstate family and friends for many weeks and months. It is easy to slip into a negative mindset. Yet we need to remind ourselves, there is ‘good news’ out there, regularly happening beyond the four walls of our homes and minds. We know there are people delivering food to people who would otherwise go hungry, people doing welfare checks on the elderly who live in our community, and people doing errands for friends, neighbours and colleagues in quarantine to make sure they’re okay. Then of course there are the doctors, nurses, and paramedics who are routinely working lengthy, uncomfortable hours in PPE to save the lives of COVID patients, as well as running vaccination clinics with the aim of protecting all of us from this horrible virus. In the midst of the chaos, confusion and seemingly endless gloomy news cycle, Jesus is there. Jesus is present in the actions of those who serve others, and when we focus on Him, the good news is easy to see.
Sacrament of Confirmation
Parents of our Confirmation candidates should have received an email this week, confirming the postponement of the Sacrament until further notice. This email also included a resource to assist in continuing the formation of candidates in the lead up to the Sacrament. If you did not receive this email, please let me know.
Please note - Merit Awards will be handed out at NEXT Friday's morning assembly.
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Remote Learning Classroom
For something a little bit different - instead of having your tuck shop lunch at school, you can help mum or dad make your own tuckshop lunch at home.
Here are a few easy recipes that you can make. Remember to clean up the kitchen after you have made your lunch!!
If you have any Morning Tea/Lunch/Afternoon Tea recipe ideas that you would like to share with your school friends, send them into firstname.lastname@example.org. Take a photo and we will add them to next week's newsletter.
Thanks to Mrs Sloane for her contribution this week.
Ham and Cheese Pizza Scrolls
4 sheets all butter puff pastry defrosted
6 slices ham cut into slivers or (150gm shaved ham
1 1/2 cups grated tasty cheese
3 tbsps tomato paste
1 tsp mixed Italian herbs
Preheat over to 200 degrees.
Spread the puff pastry with the tomato paste, then the herbs.
Cover with the ham and cheese and roll up like scrolls.
Cut into 2cm wide rounds.
Space out on a baking tray lined with baking paper or a silicone liner.
Bake for 15 minutes at 200 degrees.
recipe from "Kidgredients"
Happy Birthday Reetha and Ethan
This is the time of year we would be putting the finishing touches on our gnomes ready to display at Floriade this weekend. We ordered gnomes for each student before lockdown commenced and whilst the original Floriade may be cancelled, we couldn’t resist creating St Jude’s mini-Floriade in our own ELC gardens. Mrs Slatter has been very busy planting bulbs and we will decorate the bulb garden with our gnomes. If you have paints at home and would like your child to still participate in this adventure as a home learning treat, please contact the office to organise a non-contact collection time. Your child can paint their gnome and return it to display in our garden for the rest of the year for our St Jude’s community to enjoy.
Families will not use their 42 allowable absences during the lockdown period. Additional allowable absences will be available from 13 August until the end of the Commonwealth Hotspot declaration. Although absences may appear on your statements, they will be removed at a later stage.
Gap fee payments
Catholic Education Early Learning Centres in the ACT will waive all ‘gap fees’ for parents who keep their children at home during the lockdown period. This will take affect from Monday 23 August to add to the support for families during the ACT lockdown.
For children currently attending the ELC, the fee statements emailed today include any outstanding term fees plus Holiday Care bookings. For those children not attending the ELC at this time, we have processed the gap fee waiver for each of the last two weeks. This means you are effectively not charged for the days your child is not attending. If your statement includes a ‘due now’ amount, this is a balance outstanding from previous statements and prompt payment would be appreciated. However if you are experiencing financial difficulty due to the current lockdown, please contact the ELC office.
If you are on the ELC grounds, please remember you are required to register on the Check In CBR app and to wear a face mask at all times.
ELC Holiday Program
As current lockdown restrictions have been extended to Friday 17 September, we are uncertain what impact this will have on our holiday program. If lockdown is further extended into the holiday period, care will only be offered to children of essential works and vulnerable families. Please email the ELC office at email@example.com to inform your booking IF restrictions are lifted, this is required to ensure adequate staffing during this time. Please note that Holiday Program bookings cannot be accepted if term fees are outstanding.
Karen Leighton - St Jude's Early Learning Centre