Welcome to the end of Week 3. Happy St John Vianney's Feast Day. Below I have placed a prayer that St John Vianney's wrote to Jesus.
I love You, O my God, and my only desire is to love You until the last breath of my life.
I love You, O my infinitely lovable God, and I would rather die loving You, than live without loving You.
I love You, Lord and the only grace I ask is to love You eternally...
My God, if my tongue cannot say in every moment that I love You, I want my heart to repeat it to You as often as I draw breath.
- St John Vianney's
Farewell to SJV from a Family – A school community that encapsulates St John Vianney's
As we all know sometimes our families need to leave our community, whether it be for work, family reasons or completing seven years of education, families move on. It is lovely when families take the time to mark their departure with a letter to the school. I asked permission to publish this note as I believe it speaks to the strength of our whole community and was an ideal article for our Feast Day today.
It is with heavy hearts that we get in touch to let you know that we have been given our dates for our move to the UK.
Jasmine and Sophie's last day at St John Vianney's will be 9 August.
Jasmine, Sophie, Duncan and I have thoroughly enjoyed the several years we have been part of the St John Vianney's community. We can only hope that we are lucky enough to find a UK school with the same strong community, individualised care for the students and committed staff.
The school has been proactive in identifying academic support when it was needed to boost our girls' education. The strong sense of community around St John Vianney's has helped develop our girls into confident, well-rounded individuals. To our pleasant surprise (and now a little sadness) we have also created long and lasting friendships with many parents, thanks to the sport, events and social activities the school helps to put on.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to all the amazing staff and St John Vianney's who have helped support and develop our two girls. You have provided them with a strong educational foundation which they will benefit for the rest of their schooling.
Thanks, and all the best,
Kamara, Duncan, Jasmine and Sophie Buchanan
Announcement – New staff member
I am pleased to announce that Mrs Elizabeth Diskin has been appointed to work with Mrs Stilling in Year 2 (every Friday) and Mrs Emerson and Miss Blackwell for their Early Career Teaching Release in Kindergarten and 3/4P every Wednesday.
Mrs Diskin has been a regular at our school since last term, so it will be nice to welcome her onto a two-day per week contract for the remainder of the year.
Cyber Safety Presentation and SCC Open Meeting – 5:30pm – 7:30pm – School Hall
On the 1st September at school commencing at 6:30pm will be a parent cyber safety presentation. This information session is to give parents the information and tools they need to keep their children safe. In the world of Covid, the dangers of the internet; online and in-game chat rooms, scammers, inappropriate websites, and the Dark Web. These are all things that parents need to understand.
Prior to this session beginning at 5:30pm the SCC will be having an open meeting. On the Agenda will be the following:
- Principal’s report
- Treasurer’s report
- Fete – Q&A
- Dominoes guest speaker
- Future focus of fundraising - Survey results
- Open questions – to be taken on notice
Father’s Day Celebration – Save the Date 2nd September 8am-9am
A wonderful celebration is being organised and a flyer will soon be sent out to parents enabling them to order some yummy food and a present for dad. Watch out for the flyer next week.
Local Businesses - School Support
There are many businesses in the school area that support our school. Three such businesses are The Athletes Foot Woden, Bakers Delight Weston and Rebel Sport Woden. All of these businesses give a percentage of their sales back to the school. Just mention that you are a community member of St John Vianney's School, and they will credit our account for us. This money then returns to us in the form of vouchers for sporting goods and in-store purchases.
Term 4 – Long Service Leave
My long service leave for Term 4 has been approved and as such CE have appointed Mr Matthew Egan-Richards. This was announced to community last week through Compass. Mrs Nina De Rosa our AP declined to take on the promotion as she currently works four days a week and chose to not accept the position, which is totally understandable.
Term 4 – SCC and School Improvements
Over the last 5 years the school has seen many improvements supported by the SCC, I have listed these below. Next week a survey will be sent to parents that will ask where they believe further parent raised funds should be directed to assist the school and motivate our students. Please jump onto the survey and help shape our future.
- Sensory Garden Playground
- Shade Structure over play equipment
- School welcome mat
- Motivational banner stickers in toilets
- Creation of the environment/garden centre and associated watering system
- School House Flags
- Classroom furniture
- Support of our Learning Support program through direct funding for Support Assistants
- Financial support for Sport Programs
- Support purchase of reading resources
- Support for resurfacing the school car park
- Support for purchasing school solar panels and our LED sign
- Support for line markings on the playground and our artificial turf
- Purchasing and installation of the sandpit
Farewell Ms Heath
Lastly, I would like to thank Ms Samantha Heath for her dedication and support of SJV for over half of her teaching career. Her legacy will be continued through our extension collection of books in the library, many that Ms Heath has read personally. Documentation of events and history through photos and special lunch time groups of sewing, tournament of minds and reading clubs.
Her love of working with children, will be missed by our community and her friendship by her colleagues and friends.
We wish Sam all the best in the future.
God bless you and your families
Wow, the day was very busy. I didn’t stop working. Some of the jobs that I needed to complete were –
Conduct the Awards Assembly, write my newsletter article, hold a White Token Lunch and complete playground duty. These jobs were not even half of what needed to be done.
My favourite task was to visit classes and recognise children’s hard work with a yellow token. The hardest task was to read a story to over 20 kindergarten children, try doing that whilst you are reading upside down!
This was a fantastic day that I would recommend to anyone.
Get involved and do your bit. – Mr Harry Doszpot
(Acting Principal – Friday 29th July)
Mrs D’s ‘Thought of the Week….’
"Everything is a reminder of the Cross. We ourselves are made in a shape of a cross".
- St John Vianney
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.
|Theo Van Duren|
What's coming up and when:
|Every Monday||Sports Day|
|Every Friday||Sports Day|
|Friday 5th August||Pupil Free Day & Census|
|Friday 12th August||Colour Run Walkathon and Canteen Special Lunch|
|Thursday 18th August||Author of PD McPem's Agency for Mysterious Mysteries will visit SJV to read to the children and she will have a book signing. Books to be pre-ordered by Friday 12th August|
|Wednesday 24th August||BOOKWEEK PARADE|
Flood Relief Fundraiser
Thank you for participating in today’s fundraising event to assist Lismore schools that were heavily impacted by the recent floods. You can drop off gold coin donations to the front office to support St Joseph’s Primary Woodburn and Our Lady Help of Christians South Lismore.
Here are some of our best dressed teachers, Winnie even dressed up as Mrs Leighton but refused to do any of the boring office work!
Our Mystery Reader program has always been hugely successful in the past and we are excited to be able to offer it again. Each week a family member (parent, grandparent, older sibling etc) comes in to read a book from home to the class. It is a complete surprise who our mystery reader is each week and the children get such a huge thrill having family in the classroom. If you would like to come in and read to the class please add your name to the roster on the classroom window. If the days/times listed does not suit you or if the roster fills up before you get to it, please email your child’s teacher and we can arrange an alternate time. The key to this is the word mystery, so make sure you keep it a secret from your child.
Primary School Pupil Free Day – No Canteen
The ELC will operate as usual on Friday however the canteen will not be available due to the pupil free day at the primary school.
Covid and Illness
As you are aware there are a number of illnesses circulating in the community at the moment and the Covid case numbers are predicted to increase over the next few weeks. Please ensure you follow all the usual precautions, keep your children at home if they are unwell and let the ELC office know of any Covid cases. If you require any RAT kits please ask at the front office.
Karen Leighton - St Jude's Early Learning Centre
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 5th August
No Canteen - Pupil Free Day
Wednesday 10th August
Friday 12th August
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.
Term 2 Week 2
No notes sent home this week
Term 2 Week 3
Term 2 Week 4
Term 2 Week 5
. Email sent home Tuesday 24th May advising Industrial Action planned will not affect SJV students. Our school will be operating regular classes on Friday.
Term 2 Week 6
No Notes sent home this week.
Term 2 Week 7
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Term 2 Week 9
Term 2 Week 10
Term 3 Week 1
Email - sent 21 July 2022 2JB Announcement
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