Welcome to Week 5 everyone.
When I participate in wonderful events like our Grandparents Day and Book Week celebrations it reminds me of the most important Gospel verse from John (13:34-35)
"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another."
The love that I saw from all the children, to their parents and grandparents yesterday was beautiful. The comments I heard from the Grandparents at how welcomed they were by the teachers and school community was lovely to hear.
At this time of year families often become aware of new postings, employment opportunities or relocation of their actual residence. These moves could effect where students attend school. If you are planning some type of move and you are aware that your son/daughter will not be attending SJV in 2020 could you please notify the front office via email. This will help us with our planning for next year.
Fete – Raffle Ticket Coordinator
We are currently seeking a coordinator for the Fete raffle. Much of the legwork has been completed with tickets being ordered and a major sponsor for the cash prizes secured. What we really need now is a parent to coordinate families and children on a roster to help sell tickets at Cooleman Court, as this is a great way to promote our Fete and raise much-needed funds.
Szapp App – please sign up – Skoolbag to be deleted by Friday Wk 7
We have placed advertising in previous newsletters that the Skoolbag App is being superseded by the Szapp App. This will occur by Wk 7. Please see the instructions in this week’s newsletter on how to install the new app. This is a superior app so we are hoping it will streamline communication between the Newsletter and School Website.
It is with very sad tidings that I announce that Trish McDonald our wonderful Canteen Manager will be leaving by the end of this year. Trish will be joining her husband with his business and so unfortunately will not be able to hold down both jobs at the same time. A community farewell will be organised before the end of the year.
We will be advertising Trish’s position and if you feel you have the relevant qualifications please do not hesitate to apply.
Netball Gala Day
Well done to our teams of Year 5/6 who represented SJV and the inaugural ACT Primary Schools competition. Thanks to the parents who made it possible by volunteering their time to spend the day for the girls.
Well done to the Year 6 team who pulled out a win in the Northside draw. Well done girls.
If you attended our Book Week celebrations, you will have noticed that our school is doing its best to be a great recycler. If you could affirm this message at home to the children that would be wonderful. Mrs Malpas has done outstanding work with the children to get the recycling message across and this will continue with modified bins making the task easier. A great project worth celebrating, do not forget to high five your child for doing their part.
School Satisfaction Survey
I have published below an Executive Summary of the recent Satisfaction Survey. Ninety of our one hundred and twenty four families completed the survey; this is considered a very good response rate. Thank you to everyone who took the time to provide us with such comprehensive feedback. As you can see, the results are overwhelmingly positive yet still provide us with areas in to change and grow.
Just a reminder to all parents to sign into the front office when coming to the school to drop their child off or pick them up, outside of our normal start and finish times. This avoids doors being left open and keeps all or students safe.
Is now full. I will look to see if we have some more spots available in Term 4
Several parents have recently asked me what our Building Fund is spent on here at SJV. I thought it was worthwhile to highlight some of the areas that the Building Fund has been used for at our school in the last 2.5 years.
- Carpet - $30 000
- Air-conditioning Install - $24 000
- Air-conditioning Repair - $18 000 + $? Infants repair
- Eaves Soffit upgrade – $40 000
- Maintenance – $15 000
- Internal Kinder and Learning Support privacy upgrade - $10 000
- Bathroom Upgrades - $20 000-$40 000
- Insurance - $60 000
In total over the last 2.5 years the CSBF expenditure at SJV has been just over $254 000 which is more than what we have collected.
Please do not forget that your Building Fund is fully tax deductable.
Catholic School Netball and Soccer Carnivals 2020
Regretfully, this year is the final year for the ACT Catholic School Soccer and Netball Carnivals.
This decision was carefully considered and was made unanimously at the recent ACT Catholic Primary Principal’s Meeting.
Although these are great community days and have been going for many years, the huge workload on staff, increasing costs, complexity of indemnity and insurance and a lack of volunteers to assist has necessitated the decision to no longer host these events.
Schools are rostered on to coordinate, run and volunteer these events and are run, entirely, by the host school, irrespective of the school size. Parents volunteer on the day and staff work all weekend on these events. In the past few years, some executive staff have worked nearly fulltime in the lead-up to pull off these carnivals, along with many staff who commit their time to support the planning and preparation, all of which is impacting on the teaching and learning agenda of the host school.
ACT Principals acknowledge that there may be some parents and students disappointed by this decision, however, we have agreed that the future of hosting and leading an event such as this is untenable.
This year, Holy Rosary Watson will host the final ACT Catholic School’s Netball Carnival.
ACT Primary Principals
WWVP – Volunteering in the school
Given that our Fete approaches soon and we call upon volunteers to help out, it is timely to remind parents that to volunteer in schools you must have your WWVP card. A simple, free process is through Access Canberra.
Have a great week.
An amazing day was had yesterday. SJV was buzzing with book characters and excitement from Grandparents and Special People talking about our learning and making lasting memories. It is always difficult to capture the fun of the day in pictures, the gallery will hopefully highlight the enjoyment and SJV community spirit.
With Shareee Thomas
Jesus showed us the way to God's kingdom by His
actions and words. If we live in God's way, then
we will share everlasting happiness with him at the
end of time.
This is not easy to do, and throughout our lives we will often fail and make mistakes. With God's help we can carry on, but many will turn away or give up altogether. No one knows when Jesus will return, and he told many parables to explain that we must always be ready for this moment.
In this Sunday's Gospel Jesus teaches us that we must make each day of our life pleasing to God, instead of promising to be good tomorrow or next week or sometime after. If we do not try now, then we might miss our chance of happiness.
On Tuesday night, the children who are to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation gathered together with some family members to discuss where they see the Gifts of the Holy Spirit in our everyday lives and in each other. It was a wonderful time where the focus was sharing our faith.
Brewer and Nina De Rosa
Nina De Rosa Year 3/4 teachers and three other Catholic schools have begun a project entitled “Writing Teachers, Teachers of Writing,’ a Catholic Education pilot study which is focused on growing the capacity to improve our teacher’s own writing and our teaching of writing. The program requires the teachers to engage
in professional learning days and reading. The professional learning days include gathering and discussing information with guidance from experts in the field of writing such as Kaye Lowe, Catherine Nash and guest authors.
This project endeavours to improve the standard of writing and to develop a community of writers across the four schools involved. As part of this we have collected student writing samples, conducted surveys and will continue to monitor student progress within the selected classrooms.
Our first PL was held Friday 9th August where as a group of educators we spent time in the Learning Pit learning to write ourselves. We wrote personal poems and writing about events in our lives. We heard from author, Sue Whiting, about her writing process and the long journey to publishing her first piece of writing. She explained that, "telling stories is like telling untruths, with lots of truth scatter inbetween."
We feel very priviledge that the CE is is investing time nad resources into this initative which we see having a lasting impact in our our classrooms and the school.
We have a 3 more PL days one of which celebrates our own published work. The project is due for completion in late Term 4, with the possibility of it continuing into 2020.
A big congratulations to the following students:
Please note - Merit Awards will be handed out at NEXT Friday's morning assembly.
Theo Van Duren
|We acknowledge Tony Bufalo for always helping around the school and he cooks a good BBQ.|
Community Champion Nomination Form
The Stingray class pranced around the corridors of the primary school on Wednesday for their Book Week parade. This year’s Book Week theme is ‘Reading is my secret power’ so the children enjoyed dressing up as super heroes or characters from books. Amongst the teachers were Three
Little-ish Pigs and a Big Bad Wolf. This has built lots of excitement for the big Book Week parade in the primary school hall tomorrow, Friday 23rd at 9:15. Turtle and Lobster children are invited to dress up and parents are welcome to come along to watch.
Fathers Day Stall – The Fathers Day stall will be held next Friday 31 August (Tuesday 27th for the Stingrays). The children are invited to bring along a few dollars in a labelled envelope to purchase a gift for dad.
Toys – Many children are bringing home toys to school and we strongly discourage this. We have many toys and activities at the ELC to engage the children, so there is no need to bring in personal items. Home toys are causing many disruptions to class time and we are asking for your help to ensure your child respects this rule.
Plastic bottle tops and bread bag tags – The ELC are collecting plastic bottle lids and bread bag tags to support a non-for-profit community initiative. Envision Hands uses 3D printing to turn plastic waste into mechanical hands and arms for kids. You can find a collection bucket at the front desk if you would like to contribute.
Dance concert video – If you would like a copy of the Dance Concert video, please send in a USB with your child’s name and class clearly labelled on the envelope.
Karen Leighton - St Jude's Early Learning Centre
WARAMUNCHIES Canteen is open Wednesday & Friday. Orders can be made online via Qkr! A copy of the Menu and Qkr! instructions can be found on the Canteen Waramuchies Webpage.
NEXT WEEKS CANTEEN ROSTER
Wednesday 28th August
Canteen Volunteers Needed
Friday 30th August
Please remember to bring your WWVP card with you.
Canteen Volunteers Needed
The canteen is in desperate need of some volunteers, in particular on Wednesday's for this term. We also need volunteers for Term 4.
If you can only spare a couple of hours, that would be fantastic. If you have little ones, they are very welcome to come along.
Please contact the front office or fill in the canteen volunteer form to let us know you are able to help and when.
Dates for the following week
|Friday 30th August||Father's Day Breakfast - 8:00 - 8:55am School Hall|
Best day ever @ the SJV fete!
10am-2pm, Saturday 2 November 2019
10 WEEKS TO GO!
We need the SJV community to get involved to make sure it is the Best day ever @ the SJV fete!
The funds raised are for the benefit of the school and our children.
Get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org, let the front office know, or chat to Lucy Ohlmus or Jade McGrath.
Please volunteer your time – it is a great community event and you will get to meet great people and have fun. It could be running a stall, selling raffle tickets or baking cakes (more on these later). Whatever you like!
- Raffle coordinator or support
- Logistics coordinator or support
- Volunteers in the lead up to the fete and on the day
- Running stalls or assisting with stalls
Butchers, bakers or candle stick makers! If you have an idea or are good at making something (or just want to give it a go please get in touch. We are also seeking equipment that can be used on the day.
- Equipment, such as marquees, a box trailer, generators
- Second-hand children’s clothing, toys, books and white elephant items
- Plants and pots or other garden items
- Chocolate, lollies, and Zooper Dooper ice blocks
- Raffle/hamper items (such as movie tickets, wine, beer, scratchies or vouchers)
- Craft items and large glass coffee jars and candle jars – new or used
Items can be dropped off at the front office up until the week of the fete.
Can you sing or dance or play music or do you have another talent? We would love to hear from you.
Huge shout out to our wonderful sponsors that have already signed up. Thank you for helping the SJV community.
SJV are now using the Schoolzine app, SZapp. This app can be used for absentee and contact forms and it streamlined with the SJV webpages and newsletter.
SZapp is easy to download and and it a great way to keep in touch with all that is happening in our SJV community. Please take 2 minutes to download this SZapp and be connected with us.
Instructions to install SZapp
Pictured instructions are also available on the SZapp installation page
Detailed instructions and FAQ can also be found in SZapp FAQ page