Dear SJV Community
In discussion with staff there is an opportunity for SJV to return to single stream/straight classes in K-6, from the beginning of 2024 onward.
The original decision to go multi-age/composite was due to:
- providing alternative social and learning opportunities and
- the large disparagement between some class sizes (eg. 12 in Year 3 and 32 in Year 4).
There are positives for both multiage/composite classes and for single streamed classes, so we review our class structure annually. Due to our current numbers and what we can predict into the future, we now have an opportunity to make a renewed considered choice.
We would like you to provide your feedback about your preference in:
- Single streamed/straight classes all the way from K-6 ,
- keep things as they are or an alternative combination.
Thank you in anticipation for your valued feedback. Please click on the link below.
Nina De Rosa
(for Peter Rodda)
Science Week has been AWESOME!!
On Monday, Year 5/6 visited the CSIRO Discovery Centre and investigated all things Science. They used iPads and QR codes to investigate questions throughout the different displays and discovered what has been invented and researched at the CSIRO site! They finished their excursion with a wonderful walk through the Botanical Gardens.
Kinder to Year 4 were super excited to be catching the bus to Questacon Monday morning!! They looked at robotic cats, created shadows, experienced lightning and earthquakes, played with mirrors, created towers, watched paper cups fly in the wind, played on a building site and some were daring enough to drop from a height on the free fall slide!
On Tuesday we were so lucky to have the St Clare’s College SWITCH team visit with their innovations and robotics. Wow!! These girls are amazing! It was exciting to see two past students Olivia and Elaine. These girls explained how they created their robots and how they have needed to make changes to their designs. They demonstrated how the robots can move and pick up blocks to create points for their upcoming competition. Good luck girls!
The St Clare’s girls also highlighted a recent innovation they have created which they will be presenting in Adelaide in the next few weeks. The girls have designed and created a luminescent road sign to help keep our night road workers and drivers safe. We look forward to seeing this initiative on our roads soon. Amazing work girls and good luck in Adelaide. Thank you to Mrs Major and the girls for taking the time to visit us and show us the amazing things we can achieve in our future.
Do you know what an aileron is? Wednesday saw paper aeroplanes flying through our library skies as some students participated in a recess workshop with Questacon, "Foldable Flight". We looked at the different parts of an aeroplane and why they are important. A dart paper aeroplane demonstration was given and off to the sky these planes flew!!
Lunchtime we created a chemical reaction treat, by mixing fizzy drink and ice cream together! Be careful how fast you pour that fizzy drink!! Ice cream or fizzy drink first?
Friday lunchtime will see towers made from spaghetti and play doh!! Who can create the highest tower??? Year 5/6 will also participate in a workshop looking at the future of food.. will technology change what we eat???
A huge thank you to Mrs Spackman who has managed to ensure SJV celebrated Science Week with interesting and engaging activities.
Nina De Rosa
RE News with Laura Matchett
Gospel Reflection Matthew 15:21-28
Then Jesus answered her, ‘Woman, you have great faith. Let your wish be granted.’
This week’s Gospel tells the story of Jesus’ encounter with a Canaanite woman. When the women first approaches Jesus and his disciples, he does not immediately respond to her. Jesus’ unresponsiveness to this woman may strike us as uncharacteristic or shocking. Yet in Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus’ ministry is directed primarily to the people of Israel. At only a very few points, such as the one found in today’s Gospel, do we find Jesus anticipating the later Christian ministry to the rest of the world.
Behind Matthew’s text we can hear this early Christian community’s struggle to understand how God’s selection of Israel is consistent with two events: Israel’s rejection of Jesus and the Gentiles’ acceptance of Jesus. Just as Jesus was surprised by the faith expressed by the Canaanite woman, so too the first Christians were surprised that the Gentiles would receive the salvation God offered through Christ… The faith that the Canaanite woman expresses is an affirmation of and confidence in God’s abundant mercy. Yes, salvation comes through Israel, but it overflows for the benefit of all.
School Masses Term 3
As a school, we regularly attend the Wednesday morning 9:30am Mass at St John Vianney’s Church. The choir sings at this Mass and sometimes our students have a role in other parts of the celebration. Parents and friends of our school are welcome to join us alongside parishioners at this Mass.
The dates the school will be attending Mass in Term 3 are:
Week 6: Wednesday 23rd August (led by Year 2)
Week 10: Wednesday 20th September
We ask that you keep our Confirmation candidates and their families in your prayers as they prepare to receive the Sacrament next week. A reminder to our Confirmation families that Commitment Masses will be held this weekend at all Parish Masses. Candidates need to bring their book with them to give to Father Michael at Mass. The reflection evening will be held on Tuesday evening (August 22nd) at St John VIanney’s Church at 6pm. The evening will be a final opportunity to reflect on the Sacrament which the students are about to receive, as well as going over the instructions for the Mass.
The Confirmation Mass will be held on Wednesday evening (August 23rd) at St John Vianney’s Church at 6pm. The candidates will be confirmed by Arch Bishop Christopher Prowse.
All enquiries about Sacraments are best directed to the Parish via email: email@example.com
Please note - Merit Awards will be handed out at NEXT Friday's morning assembly.
Term 3 - Week 3 Merit Award Students
Luca F, Ranjodh S, Bella P, Nate T, River PM, Geoffrey S, Matheius B, Sabina W, Dimitri T, Diana H, Mercy I
The theme this year is "Read, Grow, Inspire"
Book week will run from the 19th August until the 26th August. Our Book Week parade is Thursday 24th August beginning at 9am.
Start planning for your book character outfit. I've found a website that might help you with costume ideas.
Book Week - What's happening next week.
Monday 20th August
- SPOT WHAT! @SJV
SJV will become a huge Spot What book. How many items can you spot?
-Bring in donations for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation Book Swap this Friday!
-Library at recess and lunch - reading, Spot What activities, colouring.
Tuesday 21st August
- Author visit (to be confirmed)
- Library at recess - reading, creating Book Week book marks, colouring.
Wednesday 22nd August
- Backyard Birdies - Andy Geppert
Author Webinar, 12-1pm (optional)
- Library at recess and lunch - reading, Graphic Novel templates, colouring.
Thursday 23rd August
- BOOK WEEK PARADE , 9am-10am
Friday 24th August
Dharma the Llama - Matt Cosgrove
Author Webinar, 10am-11am
- Indigenous Literacy Foundation BOOK SWAP
- Library at recess and lunch - Book Week activities!
Thank you for your ongoing support in the library.
Happy Birthday to Geordie. H and Jayce. N
On Tuesday the Stingrays and Turtles attended Mass to celebrate the Feast of the Assumption of Mary. We learnt this feast day is important because it reminds us to contemplate Mary's example of fulfilling God's will in her life. The Assumption signals the end to Mary's earthly life and marks her return to heaven to be reunited with Jesus.
This week we have been exploring many science concepts, it was even incorporated in our fruit shop where we found that a mandarin that is peeled will sink BUT a mandarin with its peel floats! Some of the experiments we have completed this week are: floating and sinking, skittles rainbow, magic milk, static electricity, baking soda and vinegar reactions and rainbow celery.
Special Day for MND and Cancer
Thank you for supporting our special day for Motor Neuron Disease and Cancer. We have families in our school who have been heavily impacted by these diseases. As well as raising awareness and having a wonderful community day, we raised over $3,200 for these important causes, with more trickling in this week.
Community Council Meeting tonight
The St Jude’s Community Council will meet tonight at 6pm in the library. All are welcome to attend. See the Principals message for more information.
We are looking forward to celebrating Book Week, the theme this year is ‘Read, Grow, Inspire’. Lobsters are invited to come to school dressed up as their favourite book character on Friday 25th August. Stingrays and Turtles will participate with the Primary School on Wednesday 30th August, we will be parading through the school carpark (it will be closed off!) at 9am. Feel free to stick around for some photos.
Every year the ELC support the Rotary Club Floriade Gnome display. We will be creating our own mini-Floriade here at the ELC. Keep your eyes out for what will be popping up in our gardens very soon.
Mura Gadi Monday and Friday
We have had a lovely week of weather to enjoy our Mura Gadi program. Next week we will trial having Mura Gadi on a Monday and Friday so please pack your child’s gum boots on these days.
Thank you to all of the families that provided feedback on the gymnastics program. It was an overwhelming ‘Yes’ to participate for a second term. We are currently arranging days with Woden Valley Gymnastics for term 4.
Now that we’re getting closer to Spring, please ensure that your child has a labelled hat in their bag. We monitor the UV rating closely, when UV is 3 or more we must wear hats as part of our sun protection policy.
Karen Leighton - St Jude's Early Learning Centre
2023 SJV Fete - Best Day Ever!
We are 11 weeks away from this year’s Fete, being held on Saturday 4th November, 10am-2pm.
We still require many, many more donations for the Books,Toys and White Elephant stalls. You can drop off donations at any time - please follow the map that can found at the Front Office. Drop_off_mapdf
Many thanks to our 2023 Fete Sponsors
We are always looking for sponsors to donate cash, gift vouchers, products or services for our fete. If you own or know of a business that could help please email sjvfetegmail.com.
What's coming up and when:
|Wednesday 2nd August
National Tree Planting Day Postponed
|Saturday 19th August
|Monday 21st - Friday 25th August
Book Week - "Read, Grow and Inspire"
Book Week parade Thursday 24th Aug - commences at 9am
|Friday 1st September
|Friday 8th September
Children's School Disco more details to follow
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
23 August 2023, 6pm
Week 1 Notes
Week 2 Notes
Week 3 Notes
Week 4 Notes
Week 5 NotesTerm_1_DISCO_call_for_volunteers._.pdf for year 3 and year 4 parents
Week 6 Notes
Book Club Edition 2 see Library page for online version
Week 7 NotesMarch Working Bee 2023
Week 8 Notes
No notes sent home this week.
Week 1 Notes
Week 2 Notes
Week 3 Notes
Week 4 Notes
Week 5 Notes
Week 6 Notes
No Notes went home this week.
Week 7 Notes
Week 8 Notes
Week 9 Notes
Week 10 Notes
Term 3 Week 1
Week 2 Notes
Week 3 Notes
See Compass Events
for ELC Visits Term 3
CSIRO Discovery Excursion
South Weston Athletics Carnival
Boorowa Touch and Netball Carnival
Week 4 Notes
No Notes home this week
Week 5 Notes
Parent Disco CANCELLED See Principal message in today's newsletter
Boorowa Touch & Netball Carnival
The Boorowa Touch and Netball Carnival has been running annually for over 25 years. It is the biggest carnival in NSW Primary School Sports with over 4,500 children competing in the event in front of over 7,000 spectators. The Touch and Netball Carnival is about coming together, playing and enjoying sports and meeting children from schools around Canberra and New South Wales.
BOOROWA TOUCH NETBALL CARNIVAL IS FRIDAY 20th OCTOBER 2023.
Matildas just one more time.......
An awesome effort from our Matildas team. Australia played their absolute best and united a country and made us all very proud to be an Aussie. Stories have been told of people who never have watched a game of football in their life, to watching every game that the Matildas played and are hooked on football.
An inspiration to all children and even to adults. The teams' focus, unity, empathy and great spirit is inspiring to all of us.
Good luck to the Matildas against Sweden on Saturday and good luck to Spain and England playing it out in the Finals on Sunday.
Play On Exhibition
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.
Thank you to the very genrous families for making the cupcakes and those that purchased on the day. It was a huge success SJV raised over $250 for Cancer Council. Thanks Again.
plsce the certificate in the page.
Friday 18th August
Deb R and Emma
Wednesday 23rd August
Friday 25th August
Jen and help needed
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. Term 2 & 3 Winter Menu Term 2 and 3
Term 1 & 4 The Summer Tuckshop Menu kicks in.
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.