Welcome to Week 7.
In these uncertain times, I think the power of prayer is important. As such, you will find in Mrs. De Rosa’s section, a prayer from the Archbishop. It would be wonderful if our whole community could get behind this, as I believe it is better to focus on the things that can bring us together at times like this.
As everyone in our community is aware, there have been major changes to the way that schools provide education given the current health crisis. Cancelling assemblies and excursions, deep cleaning of school premises and social distancing are the new normal. SJV, with the help of Catholic Education, are constantly looking to keep abreast of the issue and use this information to provide the highest standard of care for the SJV community.
During this week, I have sent home a list of measures that the school has already undertaken to ensure the students are safe and discussions points for parents to use when talking with their children.
I realise that many people have discussed what would happen if schools were closed in the ACT. This is something that has been discussed at a CE and school level. SJV is committed to provide the best possible learning for your child either at school or remotely.
Tomorrow I will send a brief newsletter home as to how remote learning could function, what you would need to have in place to make this work and how the school could offer assistance.
I ask for patience from all our families during this trying time. As new facts become known, I will make sure that our community receives that information as soon as possible.
If you have any concerns or worries, please don’t hesitate to call me to see how the school is handling this constantly changing issue.
Community Consultation – the Provision of Catholic Education for Molonglo and Weston Creek Parent Meeting Wednesday 11 March 2020
Please find below a letter from Angus Tulley, Deputy Director CE
Firstly on behalf of the Working Group I would like to thank those that were able to come along to the community meeting held last Wednesday night. The meeting was well attended with over 180 people from both school communities and the Parish and from the conversation on the night there is definitely passion for the provision of Catholic Education in your communities and the Molonglo and Weston Creek corridor. I hope this meeting together with the surveys has provided enough opportunities to provide input. I committed to providing this communique to you and the following outlines the next steps currently being undertaking for consideration of the long term schooling provision.
Urbis is currently collating the feedback from the evening in addition to the staff engagement sessions and surveys. This will inform the Engagement Report currently being prepared by Urbis. There have been 210 responses to the survey and the percentage of responses from each school reflect the student populations at each school. Parents from each school are proud of what their schools provide and wanted that to be known. It is important to note that the volume of surveys is not critical. The process was designed to understand all issues, challenges and ideas.
The next steps will include the completion of the draft Engagement Report that will completed by the end of this month. This will then be shared with the school and parish communities for feedback. Please note the purpose of the report is to bring together the key engagement findings to support the Catholic Education Commission discernment. The final report is due to go to the Catholic Education Commission Executive by the end of April so that if there are changes to Priority Enrolments Areas or school contexts, decisions can be made prior to the 2021 enrolment period. It is also possible that there are recommendations made to address immediate, medium term and long term needs. The Working Group acknowledges the interest of the communities in continued engagement as the work progresses through the decision making process.
We are committed to supporting your school communities as we plan for the future of Catholic education.
Angus Tulley Deputy Director Catholic Education Office
Dominic Braybon Performance Improvement Leader Catholic Education Office
Julie Saunders Urbis Consulting
Michael Avery Educational Consultant, former Director of Catholic Education, Northern Territory
CE Consultation Group
You will have noted in last week’s Newsletter that I asked our community if there was a person from each class to form part of a consultative committee. The purpose of this committee would be to hear from parents and make sure that CE are hearing the voice of the community in regards to future direction. Currently I have representation from three classes; Year 2, Kindergarten and 5/6 St Joseph. It would be wonderful if I could be contacted by interested parents from our Year 1, two 3/4's and 5/6 St Paul to be on this committee.
SJC Playgroup Postponed
Unfortunately, we have made the hard decision to close our Wednesday Playgroup at SJV. We feel that for the safety of the children, parents and carers and our own community this is the wisest decision. When the health crisis is over, we will reopen our playgroup and welcome everyone back.
A big thank you to Josie Lopez and the Year 3/4 classes who put together a great ‘Sunshine Disco’. The kids looked fantastic and had lots of fun. I believe I even saw Mrs Mullamphy and Mrs Stilling cutting a few moves. Great job everyone.
Tomorrow the schools Homework Policy will be emailed out to all families for your reference. It is an expectation that homework is completed at SJV unless otherwise negotiated with your classroom teacher.
I am sure that this policy will make clear the expectations of the school and the role that both parents and teachers play in developing the children’s learning.
Chickens – Holiday Care
Mrs Stilling is wondering who may be interested in looking after our two chickens over the upcoming holiday period. This usually means coming through the external side gate of the Environment Centre to make sure they are well fed and watered and of course collecting the free eggs to enjoy over the holiday period. If this is something that you are interested in, please contact the front office.
School Community Council Treasurer
Where are all the accountants? Honestly, you do not need qualifications, just an interest in school finance and a willingness to work on the council, please apply.
Year 6 Leaders and Yr 5 Heart Space Leaders Ceremony
I wanted to thank all the parents and carers who were able to attend our Leadership Ceremony last week. It was wonderful to see the children step up and take on these roles with enthusiasm. The children are very aware that this is a way they can give back to the school.
We were also fortunate to have our local MLA Guila Jones attend to talk to the students about what leadership means to her and how that relates to everyone.
God bless you and your families
with Samantha Heath
Scholastic Book Club Issue 2, 2020
Last week Scholastic Book Club Issue 2 was sent home and orders are now open, closing on Wednesday 25 March 2020 (week 8).
The easiest and preferred way for families to order and pay for Book Club is to use the online LOOP platform. This will ensure that students get their orders, which are delivered to school for free, and that the correct payment is received.
Please use the link to register and start your order www.scholastic.com.au/loop
LOOP is also available as an app, for both apple and Android devices.
All Book Club orders earn Scholastic rewards for SJV which are redeemed for new resources for our students. Thank you in advance for your ongoing support. Any queries, please contact:
with Nina De Rosa
A PRAYER AT A TIME OF THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC (COVID 19) ARCHBISHOP CHRISTOPHER PROWSE
CATHOLIC ARCHBISHOP OF CANBERRA GOULBURN
Heavenly Father, We praise and thank you for your loving presence, especially in the Lent/Easter season. We offer heartfelt thanks, dear Lord, particularly for our recent rains. Once again, we come to you in our need.
As your children we are in need of your healing and protection. Just as we have been recovering from our dangerous bushfire summer, we have now been thrown into a fearful coronavirus (COVID-19) autumn. We are tired and frightened. We feel a sense of panic and future uncertainty on a global scale.
Be with us now, Loving Master. Without you all is nothing – only empty hearts and a total reliance on our own feeble resources. But with you “there is mercy and fullness of Redemption” (Psalm 130/7). With you there is “the loving mercy of the heart of our God (who) will give light to those who sit in darkness, those who dwell in the shadow of death, and guide our feet into the way of peace” (Luke 1/79).
It seems that so many public gatherings are now postponed or cancelled. There is virus death, the sick, and the anxious. We are spending more time on our own, or with family or friends. We pray for the sick and those looking after them. Help us to offer practical help to those who struggle.
Let us use these times, O Lord, for your greater glory, especially during Lent and Easter. Let us pray more, and truly listen to you more in loving silence, stillness and simplicity. Almighty Father, you always journey with us in life’s challenges. Help us to meet you often in the scriptures and our sacraments. Increase in us faith, hope and trust. Protect us from this coronavirus.
Remove it from our common home. Heal those who are sick and dying. Mary, Help of Christians, as always we fly to you in our need. Be close to us and point out your Son, Jesus, to us in this pandemic. St Therese of Lisieux and her parents, Saints Louis and Zelie Martin, pray for us.
We make this and all our prayers through Jesus, Our Lord and Saviour, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever, AMEN
With Sharee Thomas
The story of the man born blind is a perfect choice for the Lenten season. During this season we are invited once again to open our eyes to Jesus; to step out of darkness and into the light; to look towards the future with hope and not despair. When we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus at the Easter vigil, we celebrate the coming of the Light of the World into our lives. This annual call to turn away from darkness and walk in the light is a powerful call to focus our lives on the way of Jesus.
As per my email earlier this week, due to the recommendations and restrictions by the Government and Catholic Education on preventive measures of the spread of Covid 19 virus in our schools and worshipping community, the Archdiocese has suspended all Sacramental programs until further notice. The Faith and Life Centre will still conduct lessons as these are seen like a 'school' and as we are still 'business as usual' they will also continue. The Children's Sacramental formation that was already happening during school time will, of course, continue.
Project Compassion 2020
A reminder that the annual Caritas Australia Project Compassion Appeal is now on. Donations to Project Compassion allow Caritas Australia, the Catholic Agency for International Aid and Development, to work with local communities around the world to alleviate poverty, hunger, oppression and injustice.
Have a great week!
Please note - Merit Awards will be handed out next Friday at school.
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|Monday 23rd March||
Naplan Test Practice
|Tuesday 24th March||
SCC Meeting 6pm -7.30pm
|Wednesday 1st April|
|Thursday 9th April||
Last Day of Term 1
|Friday 10th April||
|Saturday 11th April||
|Sunday 12th April||
|Monday 27th April||
School Resumes Term 2
On Wednesday the ELC was as green as an Irish field with children and staff wearing green as part of our St Patrick’s Day celebration. A special thank you to Eila in the Stingray class and her mother Debbie who worked with the ELC team to create a day filled with authentic festive activities. Outside the children went on a shamrock search, inside there was Irish music playing, children painting shamrocks while others created hats and badges. The ELC children shared some Irish cheer with the primary school as they paraded their creations for all to enjoy. If your family has an occasion or special day that you celebrate we would love to incorporate it into our preschool programs. Next week will have photos to share of our Harmony Day celebrations.
ELC Holiday Program - We are taking bookings for our ELC Holiday Program for current ELC children. Booking forms are available at the ELC office.
Changes and adaptions - Thank you for the positive feedback we have received in relation to the measures the ELC has put into place this week to aid social distancing. The side gate will remain the main entry and exit point to the ELC and the IPads for signing in/out will remain the sun rooms until further notice.
Cancellations - We will not be doing our Fruit Shop, buddies or afternoon community music until further notice.
Seahorse programs - After you have signed your child in/out please ensure a staff member is aware your child has arrived or is leaving. This is as simple as saying hello.
Unwell children - Thank you for doing your part in helping to keep others in our community healthy by ensuring that your child does not attend preschool if they are unwell.
Gabrielle Adams - St Jude's ELC
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.
NEXT WEEKS CANTEEN ROSTER
Wednesday March 25
Cheryl Hughes (10.30-12.30)
Please remember to bring your WWVP card with you.
Canteen Volunteers Needed
The tuckshop is in desperate need of some volunteers, in particular on Friday's for this term.
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 tuckshop volunteer form to let us know you are able to help and when.
Due to advice from the Department of Health, Friday morning Playgroup has been cancelled for the rest of the term.
Regional and ACT Sport
As you are all aware the Federal Government declared that all non-essential organised gatherings of 500+ people should be cancelled/postponed and social distancing measures should be implemented in an effort to slow down the spread of COVID 19.
Some of you might have seen our FB post on Saturday anticipating the Education Directorate response. This came yesterday with the information that all school excursions, camps, sport, band etc. are to be cancelled from today. This means that no School Sport ACT Calendar events will be taking place until the restrictive measures are lifted, at this stage no one is certain of that date.
The Calendar is a very busy place and there will be no opportunity to postpone SSACT Term 1 events into Term 2 or 3. State Sporting/Community Organisations might try to postpone their events to a later date, (and we will) need to confirm with them directly (at the appropriate time.)
Regarding trials for state representative teams, we have been advised this morning that these, even though out of school time, are to be cancelled/postponed to keep in alignment with social distancing measures and not encouraging students from different schools to be in contact with each other.
On a national scale, the School Sport Australia Board are meeting today and should be able to advise shortly of the future of the National Championships as they are based on state selections that are currently not taking place. I will keep our community informed as information comes to hand.
If the circumstances change to where we can hold selection events we will keep you all fully informed e.g. Perhaps a one day swim time trial to select a state swimming team if the Champs goes ahead in August.