Welcome to Week 7 everyone
Last week I attended the Key Personnel Day with Mrs Thomas, our REC where there was a large emphasis of youth and their importance in the future of the Catholic Church. On the day, we were given a publication of Christus Vivit and there was a passage that really struck me -
"Certainly, as members of the Church, we should not stand apart from others. All should regard us as friends and neighbours."
When we are part of such a caring community as SJV, it is sometimes easy to forget that there are always times when we can reach out to others, say hello, and make a new friendships. If you get the opportunity, introduce yourself to someone in our community that you do not know and make them feel welcome.
Fete – Raffle Ticket Coordinator – URGENTLY NEEDED
We still need a coordinator for this event. This is a major fundraiser for our school during the Fete period. The money is used for some of the following activities - our Gymnastics program, maths support and software licences (e.g. Reading Eggs).
If you feel that you can help with this please do not wonder if you can make a difference, you will!
The school would also be able to put you in contact with past coordinators, so please put your hand up for this important role.
Tournament of Minds 2019
Well done to the three teams from SJV that did a fantastic job creating, preparing, constructing and performing plays that they had fully conceived on their own and brought to life through hard work. The children presented a literacy or social studies task in front of judges to convey a message. Then they were given another task and had to come up with a solution in 7 minutes.
I watched all the presentations and the children did a fabulous job. An extra special congratulations to Emilie, Kaitlin, Emily, Zara, Chloe, Carys and Alyssa who have been selected to represent SJV in the ACT Regional Finals, a massive accomplishment.
Finally, I would like to thanks to Mrs Mullamphy, Mrs Heath and Mr Lowe for making time to help supervise and work with the children so they could participate in this wonderful opportunity.
The school will soon be investing in new bin lids (see below) to make our recycling easier and more effective. Please continue to encourage your child to do their part.
School Satisfaction Survey
A parent asked me some clarifying questions regarding our School Satisfaction Survey and I realised that I have not given everyone all the information they need. Therefore, I have placed the scale that was used to formulate the survey. A reminder that the summary page can be found in the Wk. 5 Newsletter.
It is noteworthy that our average scores were between 2.0 and 2.5 meaning that families either agreed or strongly agreed with the question. There is however, still room for improvement for our school and this survey will help us formulate part of our Annual Improvement plan for 2020.
I wish all of Year 6 the best for their Confirmation Retreat Day tomorrow. The children will meet Archbishop Christopher (if you have not met the Archbishop we have his photo in our Front Foyer) who will discuss with them the importance of the Sacrament and of course, he will be Confirming our candidates the following weekend. The children will also complete some activities that will strengthen their understanding of the Sacrament and why it is such an important Rite of Initiation into our church.
Have a great week.
- Meeting new people. I made some friends
- Singing great songs
- I laughed all day it was so much fun
- The canteen lunch
- Working with children from other schools
- The teachers were smiling
- I love music and singing. It was a perfect day.
- Playing at a different school
- Singing is just fun
The above statements say it all. The children had a wonderful time and thoroughly enjoyed themselves. I thank the organisers for providing such a wonderful learning experience for the children. It was a pleasure to be a part of it.
With Sharee Thomas
As children grow older, they are capable of doing more and taking on more responsibilities. For this reason, it is important for them to learn how to set priorities. This is certainly true for adults as well. We often make commitments but don't prioritise them in our busy lives so they fall by the wayside. Sometimes making priorities and sticking to them can be very difficult and requires sacrifice.
In this Sunday's Gospel, Jesus speaks to the crowd about how if we want to follow Him, we have to make him our number-one priority. He also acknowledges how difficult this can be.
Jesus explains that we can't love anyone or anything more than Him if we really want to follow Him. Jesus is teaching us that in order to follow Him, we need to set priorities, making Him number one.
The question is then asked that if following Jesus is so difficult, why would you want to do it? Jesus wants us to know that by following Him, we will find true happiness and eternal life.
This week as a family, talk about where Jesus currently fits on your list of priorities. Could Jesus be moved up the list? How may that happen as an individual but also as a family.
CONFIRMATION RETREAT DAY
A reminder that ALL year 6 children will participate in the retreat day tomorrow, even if they are not making the Sacrament of Confirmation. Casual clothes can be worn but please remember to bring a drink bottle, a hat and wear closed in shoes. Lunch (pizza and a fruit popper) and recess (finger bun) will be provided for all children.
A reminder that if your child is receiving the Sacrament on Saturday night, they will need to attend the retreat day at St Jude's.
A big congratulations to the following students:
Please note - Merit Awards will be handed out at NEXT Friday's morning assembly.
We acknowledge Lisa Carr and Lucie Walker for running the Father's Day stall. Also Cheryl Hughes, Nicole Cameron, Yash McCann, Maria Buenaventura, Candice Van Duren, Bec McMahon, and Mrs De Rosa for running the fabulous Fathers Day breakfast.
Community Champion Nomination Form
Dates for the following week
|Friday 6th September||Confirmation Retreat Day|
|Wednesday 11th September||Kindergarten Health Check|
|Saturday 14th September||Sacrament of Confirmation
5.00-6.30pm St Jude's Church
|Sunday 15th September||Sacrament of Confirmation
9.00-10.30am St John Vianney's Church
Congratulations to the Lejsek family on the safe arrival of their baby boy, Joey!
Mura Gadi Gang
This term the children began Mura Gadi Gang. But what is it you ask? Mura Gadi means pathways for searching in the traditional Ngunnawal language. We have used this term as it suits the idea behind the program perfectly; exploring, engaging in, respecting and searching our natural environment. Learning outdoors creates lasting memories, helps to build a greater awareness of the environment, provides opportunities to think independently and gets children feeling challenged and excited by learning. These are just a few positive aspects, I could go on and on about the benefits of outdoor education.
Each week the children venture out to a new local green area to explore. We take no toys, no tools, no craft supplies. The children use only what nature gives them. As part of the program, we instil the idea that the land we are playing, learning and exploring on was once cared for only by the indigenous peoples. We begin Mura Gadi with an acknowledgement of country and discuss respecting the creatures and plants that we come across. We have put up a large map of the local area on the glass window just before you walk into the corridor area. Each week we will mark the spot that we visited for Mura Gadi Gang.
Fresh Food Kids Discovery Tour – This week, the ELC children walked to Cooleman Court to participate in the Woolworths Fresh Food Kids Discovery Tour. They played guessing games and challenges relating to fruits and vegetables. Thanks to Woolies Weston for providing fruit and water for the children to enjoy at the Cooleman Court park afterwards.
Bus Wash – The Turtles and Stingrays will be going on the Bus Wash excursion next Monday 9 September and Friday 13 September for the Lobsters. The children will learn about public transport and about travelling safely. Permission notes have been sent home and a copy is on the school website.
Floriade – The ELC children have be busy painting their gnomes to send to Gnome Knoll at Floriade. Gnomes are $12 each and support the Rotary Club of Canberra. The Stingrays will take a bus trip to explore Floriade (and visit their gnomes) on Monday 16 September and the Turtles and Lobsters will go on Thursday 19 September. Look out for permission notes in the notes pockets. Parent helpers are very welcome. Please contact your class teacher if you are able to come along.
ELC Holiday Care – The ELC Holiday Care Program will run during the October school holidays. The program will run from from 8am to 5:30pm from Monday 30 September to Friday 11 October (minus the public holiday on Monday 7th). The program is full of fun and engaging activities and excursions. Information and booking sheets have been emailed and are available from the ELC.
ELC Fees – The final fees for Term 3 were emailed today. Fees are due next Friday 13 September. Your efforts to keep fees up to date are appreciated.
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 11th September
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.