Welcome to the end of Week 1. This term will be a challenge for all our families in the face of what is predicted regarding the pandemic. As such I have placed this prayer below.
Father, please hear us when we tell You of our concerns of sending our children and educators back to school.
Know that we are striving to make all of the right decisions and need Your love and power to help us overcome any difficulties.
Please watch over everyone as times and routines are about to change once again.
We know that we can do anything through You, so please help us ensure health and semi-normalcy in the coming months.
Keep our students, our families and our communities safe
We give our hearts to You, now and forever. Amen.
- Author unknown
Covid 19 Practices – CE Letter
Earlier this week you received a letter from the Director of Catholic Education. Below I have placed some further information regrading cancellations and practices that we will be adopting for the term. It is important to remember that these changes are based on predicted staff and student absences and aimed at reducing the risk to our community.
*Household contacts – Recommended to stay at home. If attending school they must take a Covid test 24 hrs prior to attending and then every 48hrs. Staff, students and visitors are not to attend school sites if displaying flu and cold like symptoms.
*P&F fundraisers may still occur onsite with appropriate mitigation measures in place
*Cancellations – School excursions, limited parent contact within the school during school hours
*Masks are not mandatory unless you are over 12 and are a close contact to someone with Covid
*School indoor assemblies can occur, but parents are not to attend. Friday outdoor Awards Assemblies can be attended by parents who need to remain social distanced
*School sports and training can continue
*Mitigation measures kept in place: Physical distancing, handwashing, ventilation in classrooms, high touch cleaning will continue to occur
*RAT’s are available from schools on request
*Information nights can be held outside school hours
*Parents and staff need to continue to notify the Front Office of positive cases at home
*If there are high numbers of Covid cases in you child’s class, families will be notified
Announcement – School Library and Year 2JB
I would like to inform our community that Ms Samantha Heath has decided to resign from her position as Librarian and Year 2 classroom teacher.
Sam has taught in primary schools for just over 15 years, almost all of these, exclusively at SJV. Sam, however, has decided to step back from being a school librarian and classroom teacher as she pursues other career avenues outside of education. Her many skills and talents will be sorely missed, but we wish her all the very best with her new career. Her final day at SJV will be Friday 5th August.
I am happy to announce that Mrs Spackman has accepted the position of librarian until the end of the year.
The role of classroom teacher for Year 2JB on Fridays, has already been advertised and will be filled soon.
A reminder that the school now has all its lunchtime clubs up and running. If your child is interested in any of the clubs below, please encourage him/her to speak with their teacher to find out how to join.
Games Club (Mr Young) – Friday
Environment Club (Mrs Spackman) – Wednesday
Choir Yr1-6 (Mrs Mullamphy) – Tuesday
Outside Lego Club (CSA’s) – Alternating Monday and Wednesday
Pupil Free Days - Friday 5th August and Friday 9th September
Unfortunately due to staff absences and a shortage of relief teachers staff have missed vital preparation and planning time. This situation has been recognised by the Catholic Education Office who have reserved the above days to reimburse teachers for last term and projected missed time for this term.
Could you please make arrangements for your child on these days as no supervision will be offered.
God bless you and your families
A warm welcome back to school life and the start of Term 3. I sincerely hope all families managed some quality time together to refresh and centre themselves for the new challenges of the coming term.
Over the holidays I came across an article published July 12th 2022 in The Conversation which provided some ways parents can help their children learn to write well. Although these ideas are not necessarily new – they are a great reminder.
The suggestions were:
- Providing a real reason – note, message, shopping list, birthday card
- Write for fun – jokes, stories
- Display – create a family notice board
- Write then read – encourage children to read aloud
- Encourage – “I’m so pleased you used the word dalmatian instead of dog.”
- Ask for help – if you need some guidance talk to your child’s classroom teacher.
A copy of the full article can be found here: From shopping lists to jokes on the fridge – 6 ways parents can help their primary kids learn to write well (theconversation.com)
WALKATHON - COLOUR RUN - 12th August
Congratualations to our community for our fund raising efforts so far, almost $3000 is a huge effort. I urge all families to create a student profile and start their fund raising journey. Just $10 will earn a prize.
Although the event may need to run without parent assistance, we look forward to a school walk around our comunity and a special lunch on 12th August. The colour bombing will occur at the end of the day - weather premitting. We will send out details closer to the event.
Mrs D’s ‘Thought of the Week….’
"The most difficult and complicated part of the writing process is the beginning".
- A.B. Yehoshua
Nina De Rosa
RE News with Laura Matchett
Prayer for Encouragement
Lord of Hope,
Please encourage me with Your love and truth.
I ask that You lift me out of despair and worry.
In these dark times, please counsel and guide me with Your Word.
Help me to rise above my circumstances and place my confidence in Your goodness and compassion. Holy Spirit, remind me that I can do all things through You, for You are my strength and my song. Amen.
Vinnies Winter Appeal
Thank you to everyone who so generously donated items or gold coins during our fundraising efforts for the St Vincent de Paul Winter Appeal at the end of last term. Matt from St Vincent de Paul was thrilled with the amount of donations our community was able to collect, and assured us that many of the donations would go out to people in need that very same night. In total we raised just over $180 and had enough donations to fill the Night Patrol van. Thank you everyone!
A reminder that registration for the Sacrament of Confirmation will close on August 4th. This Sacrament is open to Year 6 students (and older) who have been baptised and made their first Reconciliation and first Eucharist. Registration is available through the Parish’s Qkr! site.
The key dates for Confirmation this year are as follows:
26th July: Information Evening, St John Vianney’s Church, 6pm
4th August: Registration closes
7th August: Commitment Mass, St John Vianney’s Church, 9am
7th August: Formation Session 1, St John Vianney’s School, 10am
14th August: Formation Session 2, St John Vianney’s School, 10am
21st August: Formation Session 3, St John Vianney’s School, 10am
28th August: Formation Session 2, St John Vianney’s School, 10am
31st August: Reflection Evening, St John Vianney’s Church, 6pm
6th September: Sacrament of Confirmation, St John Vianney’s Church,
A reminder that if you are unable to attend the Sunday formation sessions for any reason there will be a Tuesday night option at 5:30pm. The dates for these are 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th of August.
If you have any questions or concerns please contact the youth minister and Parish Sacramental Coordinator, Olivia Brown, via email. firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note - Merit Awards will be handed out at NEXT Friday's morning assembly.
What's coming up and when:
|Every Monday||Day change for Sports Day|
|Every Friday||Sports Day|
|Tuesday 26 July||Confirmation Parish Information Night 6:00pm|
|Monday 1 August||Community Council Meeting from 6:00pm|
|Thursday 4 August||SJV Feast Day|
|Friday 5 August||Pupil Free Day & Census|
|Friday 12 August||Colour Run Walkathon and Canteen Special Lunch|
A surprise visitor to the classroom today. Eloise and her family are looking after a 4 week old baby. Poppy the Lamb came to school today to see where Eli spends all her days now that school is back from holidays.
From all accounts, Poppy was very well behaved and enjoyed her time meeting the children. Eloise's mum was nursing Poppy when she came through to the Front Office and was almost asleep in her arms. So cute.
"The children gave their impression of Kandinsky art work. "colour is the key. They eye is the hammer. The soul is the piano with its many chords. The artist is the hand that, by touching this or that key, sets the soul vibrating automatically." KANDINSKY
One of the pioneers of abstract modern art, Wassily Kandinsky exploited the evocative interrelation between color and form to create an aesthetic experience that engaged the sight, sound, and emotions of the public. He believed that total abstraction offered the possibility for profound, transcendental expression and that copying from nature only interfered with this process. Highly inspired to create art that communicated a universal sense of spirituality, he innovated a pictorial language that only loosely related to the outside world, but expressed volumes about the artist's inner experience. His visual vocabulary developed through three phases, shifting from his early, representational canvases and their divine symbolism to his rapturous and operatic compositions, to his late, geometric and biomorphic flat planes of color.
Happy Birthday Madeleine K and Bethany B
Welcome back to Term 3, we hope you enjoyed the holiday break. The children who attended our holiday care program enjoyed a range of activities including NAIDOC crafts, Under the Sea, Space, Winter Wonderland and a Superhero Day.
Term three is our favourite term because it kicks off our unique nature play program, Mura Gadi. Each week the children will be given the opportunity to explore nature in our local community. The term Mura Gadi means ‘pathways for searching’ in the traditional Ngunnawal language, which we believe perfectly encapsulates the idea behind our nature play program. Mura Gadi Gang is run every Tuesday and Thursday so please ensure your child has appropriate clothes on, such as covered shoes and no loose scarves. Gumboots are encouraged as there will lots of puddle jumping!
Learning outdoors creates lasting memories, helps build a greater respect for the environment, provides opportunities to think independently and take risks, assists in vision development and in the development of hand eye coordination and so much more. This article provides more information about how wonderful unstructured outdoor play is for our children. https://www.firstfiveyears.org.au/early-learning/the-benefits-of-nature-play-for-children
9am and 3pm
We have stopped using the black side gate, all families can now enter through the ELC front door.
The corridor door will close at 8:50 and will reopen at 9am for the preschool starters. If you have a Preschool Plus booking, please ring the doorbell to the right of the corridor door and a staff member will let you in.
The door is closed again for the day at 9:10 and reopened at 3pm.
Did your child enjoy the gymnastics program last term? We have had some requests from both parents and children to participate in another term of the gym program. Please register your interest on the form at the sign in /out table.
As you are aware, the covid case numbers are predicted to spike over the next few weeks.- Please ensure you use hand sanitiser before using the iPads and that you continue to practice social distancing.
- Children who are unwell should not be attending care unless a doctor has advised they are fit for care, if this is the case a medical certificate must be provided.- If you are a close contact, you MUST wear a mask. We ask that you drop your child off at the classroom door and not entre the classroom to minimise time within the building. - If you or anyone in your household tests positive, please inform the ELC office ASAP.
If you require any RAT kits please ask at the front office.
Karen Leighton - St Jude's Early Learning Centre
So our Nursery is thriving and the plants are looking very healthy - ready for sale at the Fete in November - there is only one problem something is eating the tops off the hebes!!! Our Sustainable students were busy yesterday putting together deterrents to scare them away from the plants. We will have to wait to see if we have fooled them.
Happy Gardening !!
Term 3 Library news
Week 6 this term is Book Week and the 2022 theme is “Dreaming with eyes open.” Students are encouraged to start thinking about a book character they might like to dress up as for our Book Week Character Parade which is scheduled for Wednesday 24th August.
Scholastic Book Club Issue 5 went home this week and orders are now open. Please place all orders by 4pm Wednesday 3rd August 2022 (week 3). Scholastic has a free book offer available with this issue.
To ensure correct payment is received, families are asked to order and pay for Book Club using the online LOOP platform. Cash is not accepted.
Please use the link to register and start your order www.scholastic.com.au/loop
LOOP is also available as an app, for both apple and android devices.
A digital copy of Book Club Issue 5 can be found at:
All Book Club orders earn Scholastic rewards for SJV which are redeemed for new resources for our students. Thank you in advance for your ongoing support.
SJV Tuckshop is open Wednesday & Friday. Orders can be made online via Qkr! A copy of the Menu and Qkr! instructions can be found on the Tuckshop Webpage.
Friday 22nd July
Wednesday 27th July
Friday 29th July
Please remember to bring your WWVP- (Working with Vulnerable People) card with you.
You can apply for the card via Access Canberra: https://www.accesscanberra.act.gov.au/s/article/working-with-vulnerable-people-wwvp-registration-tab-how-to-apply
A new WINTER Canteen Menu is available here and on our website. 2022 Winter Tuckshop Menu
Please contact the Front Office or Mel or simply fill in the Canteen Volunteer Note to let us know you are able to help and when.
Term 1 Week 10 NotesAthletics Carnival Lunch order Note
Term 2 Week 1 Notes
2022 Winter Tuckshop Menu available on our website and through QKR to order.
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. Email sent home Tuesday 24th May advising Industrial Action planned will not affect SJV students. Our school will be operating regular classes on Friday.
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No Notes sent home this week.
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Email - sent 21 July 2022 2JB Announcement