Welcome back everyone to 2020
I would like to begin by thanking all the teachers, many who have been in school two and three weeks before the official start, setting up classrooms and getting things prepared for our students.
I recently read a wonderful quote that applies for this week – “I've always loved the first day of school better than the last day of school. Firsts are best because they are beginnings.” - Welcome to the beginning of another chapter of your child’s life. Have fun.
School Drop Off/ Pick up and Sign In/Out Procedures
A reminder to all families that the students are not to arrive to school before the 8:30am morning duty, unless they are waiting with a parent/carer. Supervision is not provided by the school until 8:30am. Students who are dropped off or picked up between 9:00am-3:10pm need to come through the front office and be signed in/out by their parent/carer. All parents coming to the school during these times should always sign into the front office first and if you are volunteering in the school must have a valid WWVP card. Outside afternoon supervision ends at 3:30pm. Parents have the option of using Camp Australia's After School service if they believe that they will have a problem picking their child up in the afternoon.
If your child is on a medical plan could you please make sure that you have updated their plan and sent it into the front office. You should receive a reminder email regarding this tomorrow.
You will receive your contact details generated by our school database. This list needs to be updated and returned to the school. If you have no amendments could you please write on the front sheet ‘No Changes’ as this will make the Front Office admin much smoother. If there are changes could you please write ‘Changes’ and circle what needs to be amended.
Welcome BBQ and School Launch
The 2020 School Launch and social BBQ will be held tomorrow 7th Feb run by our School Community Council members. Parents are invited to join staff in the hall at 6pm for a 10 minute talk on our 2020 goals.
The free BBQ will commence at 6:15pm. I am looking forward to seeing everyone there.
If you haven’t done so already please RSVP using the slip sent home.
Opening School and Staff Commissioning Mass
Our Opening School and Staff Commissioning Mass is on Sunday 16th February at the SJV church at 9am. It will be a Parish Mass, so both the staff groups from St Jude’s and SJV will be there. Father Michael is looking forward to commissioning both staff groups to prepare them for this year’s mission of educating your child. It would be wonderful to have our families well represented at this Mass to support the staff from both schools.
Smoke Haze/Student Well Being
I would like to assure everyone that the school is monitoring the air quality before school starts and throughout the day. If the air quality falls into the ‘poor’ category, we are limiting children’s time outside and monitoring students who are sensitive to air pollutants and respiratory issues. If the quality of the air is deemed ‘very poor’ or worse, we are keeping all children inside. This monitoring happens every day and will continue to do so until Canberra air quality has returned to normal, probably after the fires have been extinguished by heavy rain.
Welcome New Families and Kinder
I would like to welcome everyone back from the holidays but especially our 12 new families.
Of course, greetings would not be complete without a special welcome to Kinder! I was in the Kinder classroom this week and they seem to have adapted very well to the rigors of bells, uniforms and ‘jobs’ that their teacher asks them to do. It has been wonderful that parents have already organised a time for their child to complete vital testing during their Wednesday ‘break’.
The Uniform Shop will be open once per week on Wednesday mornings between 8:30-9:30am. Mrs. So, one of our Kinder mums has kindly volunteered to run the Uniform Shop. The school would appreciate anyone else who has mentioned an interest to put their name forward as an extra support person.
Welcome New Staff
Welcome to Mrs. Leia Mackenzie (3/4CA), Mr. Wayne Young (Yr. 1JB), Mrs. Laura Matchett (Yr. 5/6J) and Mrs. Cathy Shepherd (Learning Support). If you see any of these staff members or of course our existing staff members, say hello to make them feel welcome for the new school year.
Meet and Greets
‘Meet and Greets’ will occur on Monday to Friday afternoon next week depending on teacher’s availability. These sessions only go for 10 minutes and are an ideal time for you to touch base with the teachers and raise any concerns or set goals that you have for your child/ren. Booking information has been sent out via hard copy and email. This information contains everything needed to register your appointment.
Staff Professional Development
Staff returned to work last week to complete three days of professional learning. Of course, I saw many members of staff working at school through the holiday period, ensuring that all was in readiness for the students’ first day on Monday.
The major focus for our Professional Learning was unpacking the Australian Curriculum and developing teachers as writers and the subsequent impact that this can have on our students. There was also a focus on our personal faith and how this relates to the staff as educators as well as a mandatory Senior First Aid course. This study will be used as a focus to develop the talents and skills of the SJV students throughout 2020.
I would like to welcome our new counselor Ms. Mercedes Pasco. Mercedes brings a wealth experience to the role and is very much looking forward to meeting all our children. Our school is fortunate enough to have extra counselling hours this year and as such, we are hoping for Mercedes to spend time with the Year 3-6 cohort discussing relationships and resilience.
If you feel that your child needs someone to talk to regarding anything from friendship issues to anxiety, please do not hesitate to contact the front office for a referral form to see Mercedes.
Claim the Date – Term 1 Working Bee – March 7th 9am-12noon
Please make yourself available for the first of our two working bees this year. The focus of this Bee will be our environment. I have listed the jobs below which will be all completed if we have plenty of people to help out
- Completion of new chicken run
- Completion of screening in the Environment Centre
- Emptying of rubbish into skip
- Assembly of scrap metal for pick up
- Emptying of shipping container
- Pruning of trees
- Extra soft fall for our playground
God bless you and your families
with Nina De Rosa
A huge welcome back to all families including new children and parents across the school. It has definitely been an interesting start to 2020 in many ways. I am pleased we have all returned and ready to beginning another exciting school year at SJV!
For those new to SJV’s you will see me pop up all over the place. As well as the Assistant Principal I work in the Learning Support Team. This year I will also be teaching the Italian program. Therefore Signora De Rosa will also become a familiar title. Children may be talking about Signora Howard teaching Italian for the next few weeks. I am having a gradual return to work for a few weeks. My father is not well at the moment and I need to support my family during this time. I would appreciate prayers for him and my family as we process the changes that are occurring.
This week I hope the whole school will practise the Italian Prayer which we say each Friday at morning assembly. It includes the Sign of the Cross at the beginning and the end.
Nel nome del Padre e del Figlio e dello Spirito Santo. Amen
ci benedici oggi,
mi aiuta ascoltare,
mi aiuta agiocare tranquillamente,
San Giovanni Vianney prega per noi
Nel nome del Padre e del Figlio e dello Spirito Santo. Amen
The Prayer translates to:
(Sign of the Cross)
Bless us today,
Help us to listen,
Help us to play peacefully,
St John Vianney, Pray for us.
(Sign of the Cross)
Mrs D’s ‘Thought of the Week….’
“Set aside the pains of the past, enjoy the blessings of the present, and look forward to the promises of the future.” - Unknown
With Sharee Thomas
Welcome to 2020! For those of you who don't know me, I am the REC here at SJV. I will soon be sending lots of information out to the parents of children in Years 3,4 and 6 about the Sacrament program this year, so keep a look out for that early next week.
Over the holidays there was a lot of tragedy and unrest with the devastating bushfires and then decimating hail storms and I know, like some of you, I was feeling anxious about sending my little person back to school with a new teacher. I then came across this poem that describes exactly what I want as a parent and how I feel as a teacher so I thought I would share it with you...
We love them too.
We know it’s taken you mountains of strength to lift your heavy feet to walk away from your baby while you leave them in our classroom. To thrust them into this new world of cohorts and competition, a world you feel they will have to navigate themselves without you beside them. But, please know, they won’t be alone, they are with us.
We love them too.
From their very first day, beaming with pride in their freshly ironed uniform, we fall a little bit in love with their wide eyed excitement and their timid, sweet charm, their need to tell us all about their family holiday to the coast and their subtle nod to the squeaky new shoes on their feet.
Then as the weeks roll by, we fall a lot in love with their cheeky sense of humour and how they stutter when they get excited. We grow in awe of their gentleness to others and their wishes to make big changes with such small feet.
We love them too.
We get to know when they need their puffer, when they are about to burst into tears, when they need just a second longer to get their thoughts out.
We hug them in tight when they are sad, laugh along side them then they make a mistake, gloat with them when they nail a new skill and push them that bit harder when they aren’t believing in themselves.
We love them too.
We promise to keep them happy and safe, to build them up when they feel like they aren’t good enough, encourage them when we know they can do it and teach them all the new things.
But, please know, while we love them too, you will always be their number one. You are the ones they write about in their story books, the ones they paint pictures of, the ones they role play during free time. You are the ones they pray for in prayer time, the ones they talk about with their new friends and the ones they are counting down to see at 3pm.
So, trust us to guide, support and educate your babies and trust us to love them too.
Love teachers from all over the world.
Have a great week!
Please note - Merit Awards will be handed out at NEXT Friday's morning assembly.
LENTEN CONCERT - 'ASHES TO EASTER' with Peter Kearney.
Sunday 15th March, 2.00-3.15pm in St. John Vianney Church, 87 Namatjira Drive, Waramanga.
Peter Kearney is an Australian Catholic songwriter/singer and guitarist whose hymns and songs include ‘Fill My House’ and ‘The Beatitudes’. His ‘Ashes to Easter’ concert weaves songs and stories and reflections on Lenten themes and looks ahead to Holy Week and Easter. Mainly for adults though upper-primary and older students could also enjoy. Donations welcome.
Comment: “A beautiful Lenten reflection … prayerful and spiritual a worthwhile part of our Lenten journey”.
What is Prayer?: Fr Michael is proposing to hold a series of talks on prayer.
Beginning on Sunday 16 February 2020 after the 9.00am Mass at St John Vianney Church. It will run every week until 5 April and the topics will be:
16 February—What is prayer;
23 February—How to pray with the bible “Lectio Divina”;
1 March—Ignatian Contemplation;
8 March—How to pray the Rosary;
15 March—What is Sacrament?;
22 March—What is Eucharist?
29 March—What is Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick?;
5 April—What is Liturgy?
Everyone is invited to attend. Tea & coffee available.
Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)
Commences on Tuesday 28 January 2020 @ 7.00pm in St John Vianney Church Meeting Room. Those who are keen to further their knowledge of the faith or are enquiring about becoming a Catholic are welcome to join this weekly journey until the end of May 2020. Please contact the parish office to register your interest. Late comers are welcome.
Cathy Schneider & Marianne Forshaw
Our Lady of the Annunciation Parish
Weston Creek/South Molongo
87 Namatjira Drive
Waramanga ACT 2611
Phone: (02) 8331 7611
Taekwondo SJV Lunch Club Wednesday 11.25-11.50am
What a great year we had at Taekwondo in 2019! All the students passed to at least one grade higher and have learnt so many more techniques and patterns. I am very proud of them and am looking forward to teaching them again this year! As you know, we have cancelled the Friday morning club and changed it to Wednesday at lunch times. This will suit a few of you better and hopefully I'll be able to build up the numbers in the class.
If your children know anyone that might like to come and try the class, please spread the word. If you can get someone to join for the term, I will give you $20 off your fees for Term 2!!!
Lunch Club in 2020
I have attached a permission note for next year with all the details - if you can't scan/print and return, I will have hard copies to hand out to the kids next year, all good. This is the only permission I need for the entire year - yay! Students from this year are automatically enrolled for next year unless you tell me otherwise.
We will be returning to class on the first day back to school - in Week 1 - Wednesday 5 February 2020. The fees have increased slightly this year, to $100 per student. However, I am now offering a family discount for two or more students from the same family. For two family members, fees are $95 each and for three family members, fees are $90 each. Fees are always due by the end of Week 2 each term. The United Taekwondo bank account details remain the same as last year:
BSB: 032 713
Acc: 23 4321
Please use your child's name as reference.
Branch Instructor Sharon
0401 476 050
We acknowledge Penny Scholtens for doing an outstanding job organising the Year Six Graduation Dinner. Thank you Penny for all the preperations that made the event special for our graduates and their families.
Community Champion Nomination Form
A very warm welcome to all of our new and returning ELC families. The first week of Preschool is an exciting time for children, families and staff. All of 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 ELC classes had a visit from Will who read them a book about the importance of difference in our lives. The story generated discussion about things that make us look different, the different things we like, and how our families are different. On Thursday Ms Tee decorated they foyer to help celebrate Chinese New Year and is going to tell us more about this celebration throughout the week.
St Jude’s Welcome Picnic - ELC families are invited to the St Jude’s Welcome picnic which will be held on the school oval tomorrow evening from 6pm. Chairs with sea creature pictures will be placed as a possible gathering point for ELC families. BYO picnic and chairs or rugs.
Emails: If you have not received an email for your child’s teacher, please notify your child’s teacher ASAP.
ELC Parent Information Night – will held on Tuesday 11 Feb from 6pm. All ELC parents and carers are encouraged to attend.
Parent Sharing Meetings - will be held at the ELC in weeks 3 and 4. Booking sheets will be available from your child’s teacher next week (Week Two).
ELC Accounts – ELC accounts for weeks 3 and 4 were emailed this today. If you did not receive your account, please contact the ELC as soon as possible. If the Child Care Subsidy does not appear on your statement you may need to confirm your enrolment on My Gov and then let the ELC know. If you have any questions regarding fees, please do not hesitate to contact the ELC office.
Lunch Boxes- Please be mindful that your child will require a healthy lunch and a fruit or Vegetable snack. Due to a child having an allergy to fish, please do not include fish in your child’s lunch.
Gabrielle Adams - St Jude's ELC
Dates for Term 4
|Friday 7th February||
2020 School Launch and BBQ
|Monday 10th February - Friday 14th February||
Parent and Teacher Meet and Greets
|Wednesday 12th February||Kinder Rest Day|
|Friday 14th February||Writing Steering Commitee Meeting|
|Tuesday 18th February||Information Evening for all Sacraments
6.30-7.30pm @SJV Church
|Wednesday 19th February - Friday 21st February||5/6 Camp @ Cooba|
|Wednesday 19th February||
Kinder Rest Day
Professional Learning Series - Inquiry into Creation Writing
|Thursday 20th February||
REC Networking Day
|Wednesday 26th February||Ash Wednesday
Kinder Rest Day
|Thursday 27th February||Sacrament Retreat Experience Year 3 & $ SJV Hall 9.00-12.00pm|