Dear Parents and Carers
Next week many of our students will participate in a Eucharist Retreat Experience, this is one of the steps of initiation for our student’s to become full members of the Catholic church. It has dictated my quote for the start of term.
"I wish not merely to be called Christian, but also to be Christian."
—St. Ignatius of Antioch
When I meet with new families, I talk about the meaning of ‘catholic’ as universal which is how our school accepts all its members. In the same way, Ignatius’ quote reminds us that the important part of our faith is to be Christian.
Australia is still experiencing wide outbreaks of Covid 19 with a substantial hot spot on our doorstep of Batemans Bay. Catholic Education (CE) have modified their road map of return from a version 3.0 to a 2.2 version. As the name suggests this is more in line with what was occurring in Term 2 as opposed to what we had hoped would happen in Term 3. As such, the following events/activities are modified in line with ACT guidelines and what was occurring last term.
Outside assemblies – Are to be kept to five minutes or less.
Friday Awards Assembly – Will occur virtually over our PA system so as not to extend our morning assemblies.
Adults on School Site – At this point in time we have been advised that only adults who are necessary for the running of the school (e. canteen, reading volunteers, health professionals etc) should be onsite.
Semester One Award Assembly – Will be held virtually next Friday from 12:15pm to celebrate the student’s achievements. Unfortunately, we will not be able to assemble as a whole school nor will we be able to have parents onsite. We will either stream or invite families to a teams/zoom event which will record this important celebration.
Playgroup – Due to the above guidelines, the restarting of Playgroup, which was to happen this term will be postponed until further notice.
Parent/Carers Pick up & drop off – Social Distancing rules apply. As mentioned last term, it makes sense to spread out from our boundary fence into the new turf area, parents please do not congregate together and make sure you keep 1.5m-2m distance from other families.
Walkathon – Whilst we could continue with this event as scheduled (as long as we walk in groups of less than a 100, that are socially distanced), we are postponing this event till later in the term
SJV Feast day – Will be postponed as we cannot gather in our school hall. This event will be TBA at the moment.
Walkathon Fundraiser - Walking for Books and School Hall Mural
Whilst the start day of the walkathon has been postponed the event and the fundraising still continues.
As you can tell from the title we are wishing to put the funds raised towards the school hall mural and the purchasing of new sets of readers, targeted at years 3-6.
Fortunately it looks very likely that CE will be giving the school funds for the school hall floor, freeing funds from our Walkathon for book purchases.
Therefore, the money for the hall floor can now be used to update our reading room, which needs reinvigorating. A wonderful way to use our donations.
New families and family additions
Congratulations to Awa and Armahli Rameka whose baby sister Tiein was born at the end of last term.
Further congratulations to Elio and Ailah Buenaventura on the birth of their baby sister Amara in the school holidays.
We wish both families well and their respective parents as much sleep as they can get.
Environment Centre and Large Garden Shed
We are selling two compost bins that normally go for $275. We are selling these for $75 with a lid and $25 without lid. If you or anyone are interested, please contact the Front Office or Mrs Malpas. All proceeds will go to the Environment centre and our chickens.
We also have a very large garden shed that use to house our sports equipment. Unfortunately the shed was constantly broken into and so we are looking to find a new owner for it If you need a shed (I believe it is priced new at around $3500-$4000) and would like such a shed, please contact the Front Office. Any offer over $200 will be accepted.
Below I have placed a selection of some fine rhyming couplets by some of our Year 2 students.
I have a friend called Ruby, everything she wears is groovy.
She is very nice, And doesn’t like mice! By Sabina 2JB
Once there was a hole underneath a pole.
Someone got a fright, but they will be alright. By Hayden 2JB
WWVP – Parent helpers
This is a reminder that all parent helpers who come into the school to work with children, especially now as Covid Restrictions are easing need to have an up to date WWVP Card. This is free for volunteers and can be accessed by following the link below.
We have been advised that school banking can begin again in Term 3 on Thursdays. If you would like to continue to participate in this program, just follow the regular procedures. If you would like to join school banking then please contact the Front Office.
Parent Teacher Interviews.
Thank-you to all parents who have made appointment with their class teachers. It is always vital that we have a strong partnership between school and home. These interviews are a vital link in that chain of communication.
Funeral - Friday 11:30am
As mentioned in my email last week it would be nice if our community could keep Nina's father, Raffaelle Di Placido and Nina's family in our prayers tomorrow
God bless everyone and stay safe
With Sharee Thomas
By comparing this experience with the kingdom of Heaven, Jesus suggests that most of us can only ever catch glimpses of what it means to live in the kingdom. For most of us, only in the future reality of heaven will we ever fully come to understand the kingdom. However, those glimpses that we catch – those moments of inspiration and connection with God and with one another – are like the treasures of the parables. They are enough to inspire us to do what it takes to make sure that we will one day enter into that kingdom reality.
The third parable of this gospel passage reveals yet another truth about the kingdom. The dragnet thrown into the sea is like the message of Jesus – it is flung far and wide and does not discriminate about where it falls or on whom it falls. This parable rounds out the chapter that began with the parable of the sower and the image of casting the net is a neat parallel to the indiscriminate casting of seed. It is not up to the one who casts the net, the seed or the Word. Rather it is up to each individual to determine how they will respond to receiving the Word.
(Gospel Reflection by Greg Sunter)
This week as a family, talk about what your family values. Make a list together of those things that your family considers most important, such as family, friends, faith, trust, and love. Look at the list and talk about how these things are important to the kingdom of Heaven and what your family has given up to make these values important in your life?
Over the holidays, families received an email outlining the new way the Sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation would occur this term due to the restrictions of Covid-19.
ALL FAMILIES who wish for their child to receive either the Sacrament of Eucharist OR Confirmation MUST register their child via the QkR! App. Registrations for Eucharist close TOMORROW (Friday 24th July) while Confirmaiton registrations will remain open until Friday 21st August.
The dates for both Sacraments are below. if you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me here at school.
|Retreat Morning||Friday 31st July 9-11am||SJV School Hall and Church|
|Sacrament of Eucharist||Tuesday 4th August 5pm||SJV Church|
|Retreat Morning||Monday 31st August 9-11am||SJV School Hall and Church|
|Sacrament of Confirmation||Wednesday 2nd September 5pm||SJV Church|
Have a great week!
Please note - Merit Awards will be handed out at NEXT Friday's morning assembly.
Welcome to term 3!
Holiday program included opportunities of leisure as well as options to engage in structured activities and experiences. Mrs Bondoc reports that the most popular days included spy day, bring your wheels to preschool day, mini zoo virtual tour and the science day. Although NAIDOC Week dates changed, children engaged in traditional Aboriginal art, music and games. Together children and staff created three rain sticks that have been included in the classrooms. With the smaller group of children and a range from each of the preschool classes’ staff noticed many new friendships form, and a real sense of belonging was established. Staff enjoyed sharing an extended period with families at drop off and pick up that allowed for further connections to families. If you have any feedback about the holiday program please email the team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ELC Fees – The Childcare Subsidy (CSS) system has now resumed and normal ELC fees now apply. Statements for Weeks 1 and 2 were emailed during the holidays (and are now due) and statements for Weeks 3 and 4 were sent today. These fees are due next Friday 31 July. Please check that your Before and After School Care bookings are correct and let us know if you need any changes. It's also a good time to check your MyGov to make sure all of your details and income estimates are up to date so you receive the correct amount of CCS. As always, if you have any queries about your account or if you are experiencing difficulties due to Covid-19, please get in touch with the ELC office as soon as possible.
Email issue- Catholic Education has advised that there are two major issues currently affecting staff email. Catholic Education is working to correct the problems ASAP. We are sorry for the inconveniences this has caused. If you have sent a staff member of the ELC office an email that has not been address, please speak to the ELC office or re send the email.
Gymnastics- ELC children will participate in a gymnastic program during term 4. This was scheduled for term 2 however due to Covid it could not go ahead.
Covid adjustment and changes- Our current changes and adjustments including our gate pick up and drop off routines will remain in place until further notice. Thank you for continuing to follow ACT health’s advice. If your child is unwell they are not to attend preschool.
Family reflection sheets- Thank you for taking the time to complete the family reflection sheets that were in your child’s portfolios. Your feedback continues to inform our programs and practices.
Gabrielle Adams - st judes 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 TUCKSHOP ROSTER
Wednesday 29th July
Friday 31st July
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.