Welcome to the end of Week 7
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.” John 3:16
It is a profound act of love for the Father to give us His Son. The Son meant everything to the Father, and the gift of the Son to us means that the Father gives us everything. He gives His very life to us in the Person of Jesus.
Lent for me, is not so much a time of giving something up as it was when I was at primary school, but a time of giving.
If you find an opportunity, please see what you can do to help your neighbour.
Yesterday you will have received a digital flyer for our Easter Working Bee, a hard copy will be sent home with all children today. This will be the a wonderful opportunity to really spruce up our school up and make it look as appealing as it can before the holidays and our enrolment period in Term 2.
There are planned activities for the children (Easter Movie, Art and craft, Easter egg hunt etc) and a sausage sizzle for everyone. If you could please donate 1-3 hrs of your time it can make an enormous difference to how our school looks.
Playgroup – Odd Weeks
Playgroup is officially back on, beginning at 9:30am on Wednesday in Wk 9. The program will continue as a supervised program on every odd Wednesday for the remainder of the year. The room will still be available for parents to use in even weeks as well. Normal school practices will apply with parents needing to sign in and observe Covid safe rules.
Pupil Free Day (No students) Term 2 – Monday 19th April
This is a reminder that the first Monday of Term 2 will be a Pupil Free Day. This has been designated by the Catholic Education Office to help with the rollout of the Catalyst Professional Learning Agenda that CE is implementing in all Canberra Goulburn Catholic schools.
Entertainment Book – Let’s Celebrate 2021
Don’t forget one of our school fundraiser’s is the Entertainment Book. This is a win/win, as parents receive great local discounts and the school receives a donation for every book sold.
Please buy a book if you dine local and support our school. You can sign up for a great discount using the hyperlink below. – www.entbook.com.au/2323g4
Easter hat Parade – Thursday 1st April 3:00pm
To finish the term with a fun event the children will be showing off their Easter Hats in a fabulous parade at the end of the day outside at our assembly area.
This means that you be able to spend some quality time over the next two weeks coming up with a great idea for an Easter Hat. Recycling is totally allowed, so hopefully every child in the school will be able to show off their fine "fez".
Every 5 years non-government schools go through an extensive registration process to ensure quality education is being delivered to the community. This process delivers commendations and recommendations and is a great way for a school to set future goals so they can continue to deliver quality results.
St John Vianney's will undergo this process Monday of Wk 9 through to Wednesday of Week 9. There are seven panel members who will visit every classroom and rigorously view all documentation connected with teaching and learning and administration. I will be asking some parents to come in and meet the panel so the panel members can hear from family representatives.
We are looking forward to this review so we can continue to move forward as an educational community.
God bless you and your families
Spotlight: The SJV Library and important role of reading
St John Vianney’s library plays a significant role in the life of students. Amongst the comfy coloured cushions and soft carpets, students of all ages can be found with their eyeballs glued to the pages of the various novels that fill the bookshelves around them. It gives them the unique opportunity of being transported to another world, one filled with magic and imagination, one that doesn’t involve the blue light of a screen.
However, in the age of digital media, sometimes this enrichment ends outside of school time hours. Many children have become physically attached to their tablet, laptop, or home television from the moment they leave the school yards. St John Vianney’s are committed to ensuring our students do not fall into the trap of the increasingly enticing and under stimulating content that may regress both their education and emotional sensitivity.
International studies conducted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have concluded that children who spent two hours on non-educational screen time scored significantly lower in both language and thinking tests. Contrastingly, those who spent the same time reading, scored astoundingly higher in cognitive development, social and cultural perception, and growth of empathetic and emotional aptitude.
Our library offers a safe and comfortable space for students to develop these lifelong skills. Outside of the teaching staff, parents too are in a great position to encourage reading habits in their children. For our younger students, stories read at bedtime by parents may include ‘The Velveteen Rabbit’, ‘Just So Stories’, ‘The Tale of Peter Rabbit’, and ‘The Giving Tree’ – all of which are wonderfully sweet stories that include values such as friendship and kindness. For our older students, authors such as Roald Dahl, Lewis Carroll, C. S. Lewis, and Jeff Kinney are highly recommended for their exciting imagery and inventiveness that will take our children on an immersive and enchanting adventure.
There are many wonderful sources of education that can be found online and on television and children, like ourselves, sometimes need to switch off for a bit and have some downtime. Outside of this time, St John Vianney’s encourages us all to continue our lifelong learning through the wondrous joys of reading.
Joanne Reed/ Assistant Principal
Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer,
Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
To you God entrusted his only Son;
in you Mary placed her trust;
with you Christ became man.
Blessed Joseph, to us too,
show yourself a father
and guide us in the path of life.
Obtain for us grace, mercy and courage,
and defend us from every evil. Amen.
FORMATION EVENING and COMMITMENT MASSES
A reminder that tonight between 6-7pm in the SJV Church, Father Michael will be presenting the 2nd of 3 Formation Evenings for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist. Children and an adult must attend all 3 evenings in order to meet preparation requirements for the Sacrament.
Thank you to all those families who attended Mass over last weekend and handed in their commitment cards. You will still need to register on the QkR! app at the school where your child will be receiving their Sacrament.
Have a great week!
Please note - Merit Awards will be handed out at NEXT Friday's morning assembly.
What's coming up and when:
|Thursday 18th March||Reconciliation and Eucharist Formation Evening 2 (SJV Church)|
|Friday 19th March||
Journeying with Jesus Retreat (Year 5/6)
|Tuesday 23rd March||
|Thursday 25th March||
12:15pm - Feast of the Annunciation Mass
5:30-6:00pm - K-6 Coeducational Pathways for Boys Meeting (SJV Library)
6:00pm-7:00pm - Reconciliation and Eucharist Formation Evening 3 (SJV Church)
Saturday 27th &
Sunday 28th March
Reconciliation and Eucharist Commitment Masses
Sunday 28th March
9:00am - 12:00pm Working Bee
|Monday 29th March - Wednesday 31st March||
|Monday 29th March||
9:30am - Palm Sunday Prayer Celebration led by Year 1
|Tuesday 30th March||
|Thursday 1st April||
9:30am - Holy Thursday and Good Friday Prayer Celebration led by Year 5/6
2:45pm - Easter Hat Parade (on Blacktop)
Last Day of Term 1
|Friday 2nd April||
|Sunday 4th April||
|Monday 18th April||
Pupil Free Day - Professional Learning for Staff
|Tuesday 19th April||
First Day Term 3, (all students)
Scholastic Book Club Issue 2 went home last week and orders are now open. Please place all orders by 4pm this Friday 19th March 2021 (week 7). This is a shorter timeframe to order due to Term 1 being 9 weeks.
A digital copy of Book Club Issue 2 can be found at:
Chief Minister’s Reading Challenge 2021
SJV has registered to join tens of thousands of students across the ACT to participate in the 2021 Chief Minister’s Reading Challenge.
The Chief Minister's Reading Challenge commenced on 24th February and will conclude in Term 3 with students required to read 30 books in that time. Books can be novels, non-fiction, poetry, or books in a language other than English including bilingual texts.
To simplify things, students’ reading records will be kept and signed by Ms Heath in the SJV Library. There is no need to maintain a reading record at home.
Please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
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.
Friday 19 March
Karli World (9:00-10:00)
Wednesday 24 March
Friday 26 March
Tracy Mogensen (9:00-10:00)
Please remember to bring your WWVP card with you.
Tuckshop Volunteers Needed
Karen has received many offers for assistance in the Tuckshop and she is extremely grateful, many of these offers are for the early morning time slots. If, however you are able to spend the day in the Tuckshop or a later session (ie 12:00-1:30pm) that would be of great benefit to Karen as well. if you have little ones, they are very welcome to come along. Many thanks.
Please contact the front office or fill in the tuckshop volunteer form to let us know you are able to help and when.