Welcome to the end of Wk 1
We have had a wonderful start to our school term with happy faces and eager minds ready for a year’s learning. I am sure that there will be challenges for all our families, please know that you can call on the school and our community for assistance.
I would also like to welcome all of our wonderful new staff and families into the SJV family.
I find myself at the beginning of another day.
I do not know what it will bring.
Please help me to be ready for whatever it may be.
If I am to stand up, help me to stand bravely.
If I am to sit still, help me to sit quietly.
If I am to lie low, help me to do it patiently.
If I am to do nothing, let me do it gallantly.
I pray just for today, for these twenty-four hours,
for the ability to cooperate with others according to the way Jesus taught us to live.
"Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven."
May these words that he taught us become more than words.
Send your Spirit to inspire me in time of doubt and indecision so that, together, we can walk along your path.
- J. Veltri, S.J.
School Launch and Welcome BBQ – 3rd February 5:00pm-7:00pm
It will be great to celebrate in person again with our opening BBQ. We will have a small Information Session from 5:15pm-5:30pm which will contain the following –
- Introducing Staff and the SCC
- School Goals and Annual Plan Information
- Food and fun for our families
Our evening continues at 5:30 where the children can play on a jumping castle and use our playground equipment. Supervision will be maintained by parents of their own children, but we hope mums and dads use this as an opportunity to say hello to each other and spend some time to get to know more community members. The BBQ will begin serving sausages for everyone at 5:30pm and a pkt of chips and a Zooper Dooper will be offered to children as well.
School Community Council Members Needed
Being on the Community Council is a great way to volunteer with the school outside of school hours. There are two meetings a term, in Weeks 3 and 8, held on Monday nights at 6.00pm for about 1 – 1 ½ hours.
The Chair and Secretary positions will be determined at the first meeting of 2023. Joining the Council does not mean you have to volunteer for one of these specific roles.
If you are interested in volunteering for, or want more information about any of these positions, please contact Peter Rodda the Principal or the Front Office.
Compass – SJV Communication Platform - Contacting Teachers
Currently we are sending almost all communications using Compass. If you are unsure how to use this communication app, please contact the Front Office for help. We are currently in the process to source a comprehensive information session about how to use this program for all parents.
If you need to contact the school regarding your child the first contact would almost always be the classroom teacher. Parents in the past have emailed the front office regarding an issue, this sometimes does not reach the teacher until the end of the day, when the teacher needs to receive it in the morning. If it is an urgent message you can call the front office directly.
Uniform Shop Manager Needed - Opening Times
The wonderful Mrs Simpson our Front Office Manager stepped in last year to temporarily run the Uniform Shop, we do however need a permanent manager. This volunteer role requires a person to be at the shop once per week (twice if able) to open in the morning and in the afternoon. The times and days could be based around your availability.
Currently the shop will be open at 9:20am-10am and 3:20pm-4pm
At the beginning of the year we ask for one to two parents from each class who would like to be a point of contact for new enrolling families or someone who might like to coordinate helpers for an event. Please see the attached slip to offer assistance. Class Contact
Parent/Teacher 'Meet and Greets' Feb 13th – 17th Feb/ Parent Information Notes
Each teacher will make themselves available for 3-4 days over the week. The booking times which will be available on Compass which will be opened up for inputting requests by next week. These meetings will occur here at school. Teachers will also be sending a general information note home to their parents next week via Compass.
Fortnightly Parent Compass Communications from Teachers
Please make sure that you have access to the Compass Portal as your child’s teacher will keep you up to date with what is happening or going to happen in your child’s class through a fortnightly communique.
Canteen - Volunteers needed
Our Canteen has already had it's first day of delicious lunches.
A reminder that if you child is sick on the day and they have a lunch order, please contact the school and cancel your order by 9:30am. Unfortunately after this time items will already be in the process of being made or heated and your order cannot be refunded.
A letter has already gone home soon asking for volunteers for the Canteen. Please look to see if you can assist, especially on a Friday. Anyone who works in the Canteen must hold a current WWVP card.
Medication at School and Medical Plans
If your child requires medication for 2023 you will need to fill out the school's Medication Administration and Indemnity Forms. These need to be completed every year for any students who need medication or the possibility of medication being administered.
Next week Mrs Simpson will send home our form for any child who currently receives medication or to any family who is requesting medicine to be administered for the first time.
If your child is on a medical plan (eg. Asthma Plan) please make sure that the school has an up to date copy of this plan.
Kate Worthington, our school counsellor is looking to initiate some group sessions based around resilience, making and keeping friends and working with others. She may get in contact with parents to discuss whether your child may benefit from this program.
If your child needs counselling over an issue that is causing them stress, anxiety or worry, please contact the school and we can organise this to occur.
Bell Times and Late Arrival
Drop off time is 8:30am in the morning and pick-up is by 3:30pm in the afternoon.
Our school academic start time however, is 9am and our finish time is 3:10pm. Out first morning bell that rings is to give children time to go to the bathroom and line up and give teachers extra time to get outside to pick up their class.
Our school gate needs to be closed at 9am by the morning duty teacher. If you are running late you will need to take your child through the Front Office.
These protocols are for the safety of our students.
PLEASE DO NOT DROP YOUR CHILDREN BEFORE 8:30AM UNLESS THEY ARE IN BEFORE SCHOOL CARE
God bless you and your families
Welcome to the 2023 school year. I take this opportunity to welcome all the families who have joined our community. A warm welcome is extended to the youngest arrivals – the Kindergarten students – who have settled so quickly into their class! In addition we welcome David G (Yr 6) and Rangjung W (Yr4). We wish all our new students every success and much happiness at St John Vianney’s.
I welcome Mrs Nicki Perryman, Mr JessGibson, Miss Tiana Nguyen and Miss Olivia Brown to the staff. Nicki will be teaching 5/6P and Jess, Tiana and Olivia are joining the Learning Support Team. I sincerely hope these staff members will enjoy being part of the St John Vianney school community and I wish them every blessing as they begin their new roles.
In the week prior to the children’s return, the staff worked very hard to complete a number of professional development sessions. We also spent time nurturing our souls on Retreat. I thank Mr Tim Smith (CE) for facilitating and leading the Retreat experience which, included a presentation from past staff members: Margaret Foodey and Carol Press. We spent the day recalling the life of St John Vianney and the qualities we want present in our School Mission and Vision. It was both professionally and spiritually enriching. Other days were spent engaging with learning about implementing The Writing Revolution, Polices and Procedures, understanding supporting children who have difficulties with speech and language and completing our First Aid training. In addition, one day was dedicated to attending the CE system Day which focused on Faith in Learning. We listened and engaged with renowned leaders in education across Australia. An excellent day of professional learning.
I take this opportunity to thank everyone on staff for their hard work in the days leading up to the start of the term. The administration staff, teachers and support staff, worked tirelessly to ensure that everything was in readiness for the new school year. Their preparedness ensured the smooth and happy start that we all experienced this week. I'm sure you will enjoy looking at the gallery of photos and enjoy seeing the happy faces.
Reminders & Important Information
- Starting time is 9.00am sharp. Students arriving after this time will need to be signed in at the Front Office.
- Supervision commences at 8.30am and NO STUDENT should be at school before then. Students arriving before 8.30am are not supervised. Please note we do have before school care run by Camp Australia if this service could be of assistance to families.
- Correct School Uniform is to be worn.
- If a student’s hair is longer than shoulder length, it should be tied back
- Parents are requested not to send any nut products to school such as Peanut Butter, Nutella, nut based or topped muesli bars, etc. Please understand bringing these items to school may be life threatening to other students.
- Please ensure that all school items are clearly labelled with your child’s name.
- Students who are collected by their parents during the day for appointments must be signed out/in at the Front Office before and after the appointment.
- Parents assisting at the school must have a WWVP card on their person and are also asked to sign in/out at the Front Office and will receive a visitor’s badge.
- Please ensure that the school always has up to date parent and
emergency contact details for your child.
- Please ensure that any notes/envelopes sent to the front office are clearly labelled.
- If you or your child are unwell, please do not attend school. We have community members who are vulnerable to illness.
I thank the Lord for bringing everyone back safe and sound after the holidays and for the happy start to the year and ask God’s continued blessings on all of us during 2023. We are so happy to see you.
"Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn't know you left open."
- JOHN BARRYMORE
Nina De Rosa
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Gospel Reflection Matthew 5:13-16
‘You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill-top cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp to put it under a tub; they put it on the lamp-stand where it shines for everyone in the house.
During our professional learning week last week, the staff participated in a retreat day which, in part, focused on the life and work of St John Vianney. As a school this year, we will be exploring some of the qualities and virtues St John Vianney displayed during his ministry in the hope that we can all learn to be more like him. One such virtue that St John Vianney possessed was the gift of piety or reverence. His deep love for God was shown through his passion and joy for prayer, his simplistic lifestyle and his dedication to the Sacrament for Reconciliation, hearing confessions sometimes for up to 18 hours a day. The phrase ‘doing ordinary things extraordinarily well’ is spoken of St John Vianney, or put another way, he let his light shine. The message of this week’s Gospel in many ways is exactly this. We too need to let our lights shine, no matter how small or insignificant we may think our light is, our small acts of kindness, charity and decency can make a world of difference, and is a small way in which we share our faith with others.
The Parish is appreciative of the feedback received from parents during last year’s pilot program. Some positive changes to the structure have been made and dates for each Sacrament have been finalised. If you would like your child to receive any of the Sacraments this year, please register your child through the Parish QKR!
Open to any child in Year 3 and above who has been baptised.
7 Feb 2023, 6pm @ SJV Church
Weekend of 4-5 March 2023
7 March 2023, 6pm @ SJV Church
Sacrament of Reconciliation (choice of)
8 March 2023, 6pm @ SJH
9 March 2023, 6pm @ SJV
11 March 2023, 9am @ SJH
Open to any child in Year 4 and above who has made their first Reconciliation.
2 May 2023, 6pm @ SJV Church
Weekend of 10-11 June 2023
13 June 2023, 6pm @ SJV Church
Sacrament of First Eucharist (choice of)
17 June 2023, 5pm @ SJH
18 June 2023, 9am @ SJV
Open to any child in Year 6 and above who has received their first Eucharist.
25 July 2023, 6pm @ SJV Church
Weekend of 19-20 August 2023
22 August 2023, 6pm @ SJV Church
Sacrament of Confirmation (TBA)
The information night for parents who would like their child to make their first Reconciliation this year, is on next Tuesday, 7th February at St John Vianney’s Church at 6pm. Please be in touch with the Parish via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone: 6288 1979 with any questions about the Information Night or the Sacraments. A reminder that Reconciliation is open to any child in Year 3 or above who has been baptised.
Please note - Merit Awards will be handed out at NEXT Friday's morning assembly.
Olivia Jervin Paul
What's coming up and when:
|Every Monday||Sports Day|
|Every Friday||Sports Day|
|Friday 3rd February||School Opening and Welcome BBQ 5:00-7:00pm|
|Wednesday 8th - Friday 10th February||Year 5 & 6 Kianinny Camp|
|Wednesday 8th February||Kinder rest day|
|Monday 13th - 17th February||Parent Meet & Greet Meetings - make your appointment via Compass.|
|Wednesday 15th February||Kinder rest day|
Happy Birthday to Jude M, Lylah D, Oscar N, Aidan S, Zara A, Lucas R, Narain S, Elizabeth B and Adelaide F
A very warm welcome to all of our new and returning ELC families. The first week of preschool is an exciting time for children and families. The children have been exploring their new environment whilst getting to know one another and their teachers. Thank you for having your children so well prepared for preschool and for a positive first week. We look forward to the year ahead.
The teachers sent emails to all families last week with information about your child’s class. If you have not received this email please notify the ELC so you can be added to the distribution list. You may also need to check your junk/spam folder and mark the email as a trusted source.
St Jude’s Welcome Picnic
This Friday 3 February there will be a Welcome Picnic for St Judes families from 5:30pm -7:30pm at the primary school oval. ELC families are very welcome. Bring a picnic and get to know some of the other St Judes families.
Parent Information Night
Please come along to our ELC Parent Information Night next Tuesday 7 February at 5:30pm. We will go over all the frequently asked questions to help you get a better idea of how our ELC runs.
Karen Leighton - St Jude's ELC
Phone: 6287 5520
Week 1 Notes
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 3rd February
Wednesday 8th February
Canteen Volunteer Roster for Term 1 is a work in progress - if you have some free time to help out, Mel would greatly appreciate your assistance.
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
WINTER Canteen Menu is available here and on our website. Term 2 & 3 2022 Winter Tuckshop Menu
Term 1 & 4 The SUMMER Menu kicks in. 2022_Summer_Tuckshop_Menu.pdf
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.
On the back of the Australian Open our sport welcomes new players to our game. In the month of February Tennis Canberra invites new players to our community to a free tennis session
Book a free trial class with Tennis Canberra