Dear Parents and Carers
May of course is the month of Mary and this brings a quote from Saint Mother Teresa to mind "If you ever feel distressed during your day — call upon our Lady — just say this simple prayer: 'Mary, Mother of Jesus, please be a mother to me now.' I must admit — this prayer has never failed me." I think that in times of trouble, we often turn to our mothers. May is a special time to keep our mothers in our thoughts. If you get the chance, try to do something special for our mums as they are always doing great things for us.
May is a very appropriate month to announce that Mrs Nina De Rosa and Mr Claude de Rosa will be expecting their first child in October of this year. Nina is very happy to share this news with our community and is overjoyed about the prospect of being a mum. I know that our whole community will be very pleased for Nina and her husband. As with all families who are expecting, if we keep Nina and Claude in our prayers, I am sure they would appreciate it.
Back to Normal
What is normal now? Tomorrow we will begin to hold our morning assemblies outside again. The school has welcomed volunteers back as well as health professionals, and independent contractors (eg music) will start next week. We are now able to hold a Walkathon and begin preparing for our school musical. All of these allowances are under the guidelines of ‘social distancing’ rules. We are not yet able to welcome parents into our school as before, but we’re hoping that this will be something that is possible in term three.
Please find attached to this week’s Newsletter the SJV Homework Policy. This policy has been formulated after much discussion amongst staff and input from parents. It will not necessarily please everyone. Parent’s views on Homework ranged from having no homework to a substantial load. From complicated, open ended tasks to straight drill and practice. The perceived input by teachers from the community ran from teacher acknowledgements to teachers running detention classes for children who failed to hand homework in. Given the diverse viewpoints and responses, the school believes that the attached policy best reflects community expectations.
SJV and ELC Enrolment
Currently I am meeting with all families from our catchment area (including Weston) who are looking to enrol their child into our shared ELC. This helps set a clear expectation that children who are enrolled at the ELC from the SJV catchment will come to our school when they are of Kindergarten age.
Molonglo & Weston Creek Strategic Direction
The consultants have finished their report and have handed this to the CEC (Catholic Education Commission) for review. The decisions on how our region can move forward and cater for all families’ education into the future should be reported to both the SJV and St Jude’s community in the next one to two weeks.
Prayers for the Mogensen Family
I would like to ask our community to keep the Mogensen family in our prayers. Sadly, last week, Nick’s mother passed away. I know that the family would appreciate your prayers and thoughts at this time.
God bless everyone and stay safe
With Sharee Thomas
Pentecost is sometimes called the birthday of the Church. The Gospel for Pentecost reminds us that the Church begins with the command to forgive. Within the family, the domestic Church, we learn how to forgive and how to accept forgiveness. The gift of the Holy Spirit enables us to do both. As we are currently unable to attend Mass and other Sacraments as a large community, this weekend is a fitting time to share a family celebration of reconciliation.
As you gather together as a family, sit quietly for a few minutes, inviting everyone to reflect upon their need to forgive and to receive forgiveness. If there is a situation or an issue within the family that needs attention, spend some time reflecting on how your family might address it. Read together today’s Gospel, John 20:19-23. Talk together about how Jesus gave us the gift of the Holy Spirit to help us in the work of forgiveness and to bring us peace.
Have a wonderful week!
Please note - Merit Awards will be handed out at NEXT Friday's morning assembly.
|Farrah Van Duren|
with Samantha Heath
Scholastic Book Club Issue 4 went home this week.
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National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.
The dates for NRW remain the same each year; 27 May to 3 June. These dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey— the successful 1967 referendum, and the High Court Mabo decision respectively.
In 2020 Reconciliation Australia marks twenty years of shaping Australia’s journey towards a more just, equitable and reconciled nation. Much has happened since the early days of the people’s movement for reconciliation, including greater acknowledgement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights to land and sea; understanding of the impact of government policies and frontier conflicts; and an embracing of stories of Indigenous success and contribution.
2020 also marks the twentieth anniversary of the reconciliation walks of 2000, when people came together to walk on bridges and roads across the nation and show their support for a more reconciled Australia.
As always, we stand on the shoulders of those who came before us, and Australians now benefit from the efforts and contributions of people committed to reconciliation in the past.
Reconciliation is a journey for all Australians – as individuals, families, communities, organisations and importantly as a nation. At the heart of this journey are relationships between the broader Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
We strive towards a more just, equitable nation by championing unity and mutual respect as we come together and connect with one another.
On this journey, Australians are all In This Together; every one of us has a role to play when it comes to reconciliation, and in playing our part we collectively build relationships and communities that value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, histories and cultures.
National Reconciliation Week (NRW) 2020 will be celebrated entirely online, a way of life we have all become very familiar with in the past couple of months. If you would like to connect, share, and learn more please visit nrw.reconciliation.org.au
The ELC have had a week of celebrations. On Monday, we celebrated World Turtle Day with activities, dress ups and thanks to parents of the children in the Turtle class, we were introduced to two turtles who were purchased for the class. The children are still working on finding a name to suit each of them. On Wednesday, the children joined with thousands of children around the country for Simultaneous Story Time. This year’s story was Whitney and Britney Chicken Divas, written and Illustrated by Australian Lucinda Gifford. The children created headdresses, bow ties and other accessories, before listening to the story being read by Denis Scott online and by Mrs Comley during their library session. For the remainder of the week and until next Wednesday we will focus on Reconciliation Week.
Unwell Children – Unwell children are require to stay at home.
Birthdays and Celebrations - If you are sending food in for the class to help celebrate an occasion, it needs to be pre-packaged and have ingredients listed.
Immunisations Updates – Please send your updated Immunisation Record to the ELC if you have not already done so.
Vacation Program bookings- We will accept bookings for our vacation care form next week.
ELC Fees - Due to the Australian Government's Early Childhood Education and Care Relief Package, no 'gap fees' will be charged from 6 April (Term 1, Week 10) until 28 June. If you have any queries in relation to your account, please phone or email the ELC.
gabrielle Adams - St Jude's Early Learning Centre
Dates for the following fortnight
|Wednesday 26th May||National Sorry Day|
|Wednesday 26th May - Wed 3rd June||Reconciliation Week|
|Monday 1st June||Reconciliation Day
|Monday 8th June||Queens Birthday
|Wednesday 10th June||AP Network Meeting|
|Thursday 11th June
||Principal's Association Meeting|
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 TUCKSHOP ROSTER
Wednesday 3rd June
Friday 5th June
Please remember to bring your WWVP card with you.
Tuckshop Volunteers Needed
The tuckshop is in desperate need of some volunteers, in particular on Wednesday'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.