Dear Parents and Carers
"When the heart is pure and simple it cannot help loving, because it has discovered the source of love which is God"- St John Maria Vianney
John Maria Vianney, patron saint of priests, someone who inspired others through his life, commitment, simplicity, humility, generosity and especially through his devotion to the Eucharist. On Tuesday, we celebrated his feast day, which was very apt, as Year 4 also celebrated their First Eucharist in a beautiful, spiritual ceremony.
May SJV's pastoral zeal inspire our modern-day shepherds to walk the way and talk the truth. May he inspire each one of us to be Eucharistic people. Especially during this pandemic let us create and nurture the kingdom of God in our family, parish family and the wider community.
Update for Families on COVID-19
I would like to remind all families that Catholic Education is committed to continuing financial assistance into Term 3 to support families who have been financially impacted because of the COVID–19 pandemic. The position of Catholic Education is that no child will be denied a Catholic education due to financial circumstances. If you have been adversely impacted by the pandemic and need support, please contact me directly.
St John Vianney’s and Catholic Education continue to take advice from health authorities in relation to COVID-19. The Catholic Education Office has a team that is actively monitoring the COVID-19 situation as it develops, paying particular attention to local hotspots and organising support for schools where required. SJV is practising safe hygiene practices in line with government advice. We understand that the situation is fluid and we will communicate directly with you should there be any important changes in relation to our school operations in the coming weeks.
Year 6 Graduation
I have had a parent volunteer to coordinate the Yr. 6 Graduation. If there is, anyone else interested in coordinating or co-coordinating the role, please let me know within the next 1-2 weeks, as planning needs to begin ASAP.
When this role has been finalised I am sure that the Coordinator will be calling for volunteers from the Year 5 parent cohort.
Working Bee - TBA
This is a small advert for our one and only Working Bee to be held towards the end of term. A date will be set by the next newsletter, but if people can try and put Sunday mornings aside towards the end of term, that would be wonderful. Details will be given in the next newsletter. This ‘Bee’ will target the outside school environment.
Raffle for Term 4 – Coordinator Needed
Currently we are exploring our Fete Raffle to make sure that if we can sell tickets to the public, that this is done in a Covid approved fashion. If selling tickets is allowed, we will need a Raffle Coordinator. The role of this person would be to organise parent and student volunteers for our local shops. If this is not allowed the council is currently exploring online alternatives. If you feel you could help with this job please email me.
Refurbishing of Student Toilets and School Hall
Currently plans for a student bathroom refurbishment are sitting with CE architects who have called for builders to put tenders in for this work. I hope that the work will start and finish in the Term 3 holidays.
We are also trying to have our school hall re-sanded and refinished in the same school holidays. This project is being supported by CE and will free up our Walkathon funds for book purchases.
CECG Review into Student Counselling and Wellbeing Services
In 2019, Catholic Education Canberra Goulburn (CECG) engaged Integroe Partners to conduct an independent review into student counselling and wellbeing services in CECG schools. As part of this review, Integroe Partners conducted online surveys of parents, Principals, students and school staff. They also conducted individual interviews and face-to-face consultation forums with parents, Principals, teachers and CECG staff. Integroe Partners also conducted face-to-face and online consultations with CECG’s primary provider of student counselling services, Catholic Care.
CECG would like to thank all those who participated in the review, especially those who travelled to Canberra for the face-to-face meetings as well as those who participated in the online surveys and forums. The information gained from the review enabled Integroe Partners to deliver an evaluation of existing programs, structures, systems and processes. Integroe Partners identified a diversity of challenges across the schools in the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn, requiring a model of counselling and wellbeing service delivery that is flexible and responsive to the student wellbeing priorities of individual schools and their communities. Integroe Partners were also able to propose structures and systems aimed at delivering services to schools that reflect best contemporary practice, optimising resource efficiency into the future.
As part of its initial response to the findings and recommendations of the review, CECG have increased the school counsellor allocation for each of its schools for 2020 and have appointed a full time Student Counselling and Welfare Manager. The Student Counselling and Welfare Manager will now look to work closely with schools, Principals and CECG staff to respond more fully to the review and to develop appropriate policies, procedures, frameworks and best practice to support high quality school counselling practice and service delivery in our schools now and in to the future.
Student Counselling and Welfare Manager
God bless everyone and stay safe
with Nina De Rosa
With Sharee Thomas
This week gather as a family and think about some special memories that your family recalls over and over again. Talk about why these moments are important to you. Remember that in the Bible we find many important stories about Jesus. They have been recorded so that we too can learn about him and his teachings, so that we too can come to know and love Jesus, God’s beloved Son. You might like to read today’s Gospel, Matthew 17:1–9. and discuss as a family how Jesus fulfills the promises that God made to Israel and how God glorified Jesus after the Resurrection. Share some of the promises you have made to one another.
Emma Battaglini Kira Lopez
Madeleine Bond Oliva McDonald
Myna Halatoa Elaine Ohlmus
Chloe Howarth Carl Thygesen
Ella Kim Torres Estelle Walsh
Ava Kennealey Kristen Young
Please note - Merit Awards will be handed out at NEXT Friday's morning assembly.
The SJV School Community Council is embracing and forging forward with what has become the new normal. The school community’s ability to bounce back after the challenges faced this year is a real testament to the resilience of the children and the broader school community. The support we have and continue to provide each other will ensure our ability to keep moving forward during these uncertain times.
The SCC convened this week are looking for further volunteers to fill a number of roles and contribute to the continued success of the school:
- SCC Treasurer: Do you love playing the banker in Monopoly? Are you great with budgets? Do you have financial/accounting experience? Duties include assisting with the annual budget along with reporting revenue and expenditures to the SCC.
- Events Coordinator: Do you love planning? Are you inspiring with fantastic interpersonal skills? This role includes the planning of the yearly events calendar as well as leading groups of volunteer parents with the planning and execution of a range of community and fundraising activities.
- Class contact: We still have a few classes who do not have a dedicated class contact. Tasks include collating/disseminating a class contact list, being a point of contact for any parent/class queries and organising class gatherings.
Please get in touch if you would like further information or are interested in filling any of the above roles.
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much” - Helen Keller
Rebecca McMahon - Chair
Year 2 have been writing various types of poems this term. Last week we wrote Limericks. Here is one from Andrew Doszpot.
Roblox is a game,
With a really good name.
Jailbreak is the best,
Better than all the rest.
And Fortnite is lame!
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 12th August
Friday 14th August
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.
Dates for the following week
|Monday 10th August||Book club orders due|
|Tuesday 11th August||Gymnastics|
|Monday 17th August||School Photos|
|Tuesday 25th August||100 Days of Kinder|
|Friday 21st August||QKR Registrations close for Sacrament of Confirmation|
|Wednesday 2nd Sept||Sacrament of Confirmation|
|Wednesday 9th Sept||WALKATHON|
Some of the children in the morning Seahorse Program have created a collaborative entry to the Koori Curriculum NAIDOC virtual art competition. The children talked about the colours of the Aboriginal flag that they chose to be the background of their creation. We all belong in Australia, our land. Children decided to include flowers with their faces as the centre. Tree bark was decorated with paint and represents the flower stem. After discussing the importance of symbols, the children decided to paint their own symbols around Australia telling each other of their meanings. Always was, always will be. It would be great if you can follow the link and give the Seahorse artwork a vote! https://kooricurriculum.com/pages/naidoc-virtual-art-competition#g843804
We look forward to seeing you this Sunday at our working bee!
Working bee this Sunday from 10-12. Jobs include weeding, tidying and cleaning sheds and spreading tanbark. We also have some broken bikes that require fixing. If you are able to have a go at fixing these please let us know. Please bring a wheelbarrow, shovel, rake, broom, gardening gloves (any other equipment that might be useful)
Family Reflection sheets: Thank you to all of the families who have returned a family reflection sheet. If you have not yet, it is never too late. In reflecting on the feedback on our changed 9am drop off, we will open a vote for families and children that will guide our ongoing 9am drop off routine.