Dear Parents and Carers
Welcome back to Term 4. This year has gone extremely quickly and in just 9 weeks’ time, we will be preparing for Christmas. I would like to welcome aboard Mrs Judy Egan for Term 4. She is a highly experienced Assistant Principal and will add much value to our Leadership Team.
At the end of the Newsletter, you will find a letter from the CE Director concerning the ACT Elections. Could I please ask you to look at this carefully.
The Rosary is my favourite prayer. St. Pope John Paul II
The above quote sums up how I feel about the Rosary. As it is the month of the Rosary, see if you can find some time to say a decade with your family.
Mrs Nina and Claude De Rosa are the proud parents of a beautiful baby boy. The whole family is doing well, if not a little sleep deprived.
Break times at SJV
In our school, we hold our lunch at first break and our recess at second break. The school would like to trial a change to these timings and what the children eat at the respective breaks, this would take place from the beginning of Wk 3 and should mean no change for parents. Children will eat their recess at first break and their lunch at second break.
The canteen can have between 40-80 orders on any given day and sometimes there can be a limited amount of volunteers, this is especially true since Covid started. This change will mean that the canteen has far more time to get lunch orders out to children, so no playtime is missed. The secondary benefit is that their can be dedicated over-the-counter service at first break.
The canteen would still love to have volunteers come in to help. It may mean that you come in for 1hr but could stay for 4 hrs starting at 9am, 10am,11am or 12:00. The canteen is flexible and can work around your availability. Any help offered in the canteen is always appreciated.
Covid 19 – Term 4 – Updates
There have been changes issued to all CE schools around Covid 19 for Term 4. One important area that has not changed is if your child is ill that s/he need to stay home.
Parent visitors are allowed on site and can attend scheduled school events, like the Book Week Parade below. This means that our Year 6 Graduation will occur this year along with fun activities like 'Side Show Alley' (a fundraiser for the missions) and Yr 6 Fun Day. We will still keep our morning assemblies short but will resume handing out our Assembly Awards on Friday morning on the playground. Parents may be inside the fence to celebrate their child's achievement. More information will be sent out later this term.
Book Week Parade Wednesday, October 21st – Curious creatures, Wild Minds
All children will be encouraged to participate in an outdoors Book Parade. We are strongly encouraging children to choose a character from a favourite book rather than a character from a movie or a sporting hero. If your child would like to dress up on the day, we ask that they wear closed-toe shoes, remember their school hat, and ensure that they wear something that covers their shoulders. I know these days can inspire fear and terror into those parents who don’t regard themselves as being particularly creative. In a year where parents have been regularly disappointed when they have been unable to attend school functions, this might provide some relief and consolation!
Parents can watch the children from the inside of our fence and the artificial turf area as the children parade around our blacktop area. Parents need to remember to socially distance correctly. Could I also ask parents to let their classroom teachers know through Class Dojo if they intend to attend.
School Raffle – 2020 Major Fundraiser/Shoe Vouchers
Unfortunately, we have not had our Fete this year, which is normally our major fundraiser for the school, we still however will be holding our annual raffle. One ticket book will be sent out tomorrow to all families.
The goal for this year’s raffle is that at least one book per family will be sold. The funds raised from these type of activities have in the past gone towards such projects as our Sensory Garden, Playground Shade Covering and the Artificial Turf Project, just to name a few.
As an incentive, any family that sells three booklets will receive a $25 shoe voucher and anyone who sells four or more will receive a $50 voucher. We are currently looking at some other great weekly incentives for the children. Your support with the Raffle would be greatly appreciated.
Message from the Director, Ross Fox
Over the past few months, Catholic school communities have worked hard to ensure that all candidates in the 2020 ACT Election understand our policy priorities. Thank you for supporting this effort and thank you to all candidates who were willing to engage with us.
You will be aware that our priorities for the next ACT Government are:
- Equitable School Funding
- Fund Catholic schools at 25% of the per-student cost of education in an ACT Government school.
- Make land available for new Catholic schools.
- Improve planning policies to include new Catholic schools.
- Provide financial support to Catholic Education Early Learning Centres to support equitable access and construction of new centres.
The Canberra Liberals remain committed to supporting our funding and land release policy priorities. The Liberals plan supports families, while also committing to a review of the curriculum in the ACT. You can find information regarding the Canberra Liberals education policy commitments here.
Despite understanding the cost of living pressures facing all ACT families, both ACT Labor and the Greens have remained committed to planned cuts to funding for ACT Catholic schools. This policy approach will inevitably put upward pressure on school fees.
ACT Labor has committed to continue capital improvement grants to non-government schools, equity grants to support disadvantaged families, and grants for non-government school parent associations. You can find information regarding ACT Labor’s education policy commitments here.
The Greens also support proposed land release for non-government schools. The Greens have stated their priorities as providing ‘nature-based’ play spaces for older schools, and infrastructure available to all schools. You can find information regarding the ACT Greens education policy commitments here.
I am aware that there are candidates from all parties that support Catholic education and who actively advocate within their party for our needs. I encourage you to consider the education policy positions of both individual candidates and parties before voting as this will directly impact the affordability of non-government school options in the ACT.
Thank you again for your support of ACT Catholic schools.
Stay safe and God bless.
With Sharee ThomasIn Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus and the religious leaders in Jerusalem continue their tense exchange of questions and challenges. At this point the disciples of the Pharisees, together with the Herodians, try to entrap Jesus by their question about the payment of taxes.
Jesus’ response to this attempt to trap him exposes the guile of his questioners. From his first words to them, Jesus shows that he is very much aware of what they are trying to do. He asks to see a Roman coin, which is readily provided to him. It may have come from the hand of a Herodian, but the Pharisees show themselves to be quite willing to accept this compromise. Jesus has already exposed the Pharisees as hypocrites.
Jesus takes his response one step further. He asks that his questioners examine the coin. Agreeing that it is Caesar’s image on the coin, Jesus tells them that it must belong to Caesar. Avoiding the question of lawfulness altogether, Jesus answers their question with simple logic. Then, going further still, Jesus tells them that their obligation is to pay to God that which belongs to God.
Jesus’ response to the Herodians and Pharisees suggests the ethic that Christians ought to adopt. It reminds us of the importance of keeping things in their proper perspective. Do we attach ourselves to worldly things at the expense of the love and honor that we owe to God?
This week as a family talk about the activities we do that might cause an inbalance of family connectedness. Is there any changes that could be made to improve this and put life into a little more perpespective?
2020 Marian Procession
We encourage participants to gather online in hubs with members of their families, local parishes, friends, or just individually to pray the Rosary during the week leading up to the celebration of the live-streamed Multicultural Mass Sunday 25 October.
Find out more information and register for notifications at https://hozana.org/en/community/9352-marian-procession
Have a great week!
News from 5/6P they have been busy creating Fractured Faiytale opening paragraphs.......
The true story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs The Evil Queen
By Bronwyn Anderson
Hello, I'm the Evil Queen, or that's what they call me. But you're about to learn the real version of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. You'll discover I didn't poison Snow White, and that the evil old lady stuff was just a fun trick....
The Golden Goose
By Reyna Clarke
His axe raised above me, not even giving me the privilege of dying to a clean blade. My golden feathers dance beautifully as sunlight bounces off them. The rusty metal swings towards - wait, sorry this is no way to start a story.
Now, lets begin....
the mistaken story of Cinderella Drizella
By Nermeen Georges
Hi I'm Drizella, also known as one of Cinderella's ugly stepsisters. It's not fair do you hear me? The fake story of Cinderella is blowing up. 97% of people are believing it, and only 3% aren't, it's just not fair. This real story broke my heart and it is still shattered until this day. Now that I've introduced myself, let's hop into story land because today, I'm going to tell you the real story of Cinderella...
Please note - Merit Awards will be handed out at NEXT Friday's morning assembly.
We have created a new page for the newsletter that is going to have information about all things environment. Let us know what you think!!
With all the wonderful rain we have had in the last couple of weeks, the school garden has bloomed!
We have an abundance of herbs and vegetables including baby spinach, rocket, leeks and parsley to sell. We also have worm tea for purchase which is a fabulous as well as organic fertiliser for your garden.
If you would like to purchase a bag or bottle of any of the above, please send in a gold coin donation with your child on Tuesday 27th October.
Our Media Moguls this week Hugh and Brodie interviewed the wonderful Mrs Nangle for this week's "Meet the Staff Member"
Hello Mrs Nangle can you tell us a bit about yourself please.
Who is your favourite sporting team? Collingwood AFL Magpies
Who is your favourite band and what song do you like the most that they sing?
"Love Shack" - B-52's
What are some of your hobbies? I love creating quilts on my sewing machine. I also enjoy working with wool and natural fibres.
Do you have any pets? No
What is your favourite food? and Why? I really enjoy Vietnamese food. I love the freshness and it tastes yummy.
Where did you go to primary school and what subject did you enjoy the most? Most of my primary school years was spent in a town called Coleambally in NSW. I loved Mathematics.
Why did you become a teacher? My mother tells everybody "I was a born-teacher from age 3"!! I would organise the neighbourhood children and play under a big tree in our front yard in Mildura Victoria.
What inspires you and why? My Year 5 teacher was a nun who would help me with my maths learning.
Give us your favourite joke!
What's your favourite colour? I love purple and pink.
Are you a "Sound of Music" Fan?!! Yes. I first saw "The Sound of Music" when I was very young. I also saw it on stage in Manila. It was wonderful.
Thanks Mrs Nangle, we really enjoyed interviewing you and finding out a little bit more about you.
Welcome to term 4!
I hope you all enjoyed some form of rest over the term break. Our two week Spring Holiday Program was enjoyed with gardening, Auslan (Australian Sign language), camping themed dramatic play, craft inspired by the children's favourite books and an exciting hunt for dinosaur eggs. Week one of the term has been one of the children in the Turtle's class' "best day ever". The children have all enjoyed participating in the gymnastic program. Thank you to Woden Valley Gymnastics Club for providing the ELC with such an engaging program!
This term, we welcome Jwan Gethya to our ELC team. Prior to joining our team, we knew Jwan as a mother of a child who attended St Jude's ELC.
Mrs Gethya will be joining us on Mondays, Tuesdays and odd week Wednesdays for term 4. Vivi Slatter has joined Mrs Lewis and the children in the Stingrays class. Mrs Slatter will continue her usual Preschool and Seahorses hours on even week Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
ELC Fees- Please check that all Term 3 and Holiday Care fees have been paid in full. Today you will receive an account statement for Weeks 3 and 4. These fees are due next Friday 23rd October. As it is the last term of preschool, we appreciate your efforts to ensure your accounts are up to date. Unfortunately, we cannot accept extra BSC, ASC or Holiday bookings if accounts are in arrears.
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.
Friday 16th October
Wednesday 21st October
Friday 23rd October
Please remember to bring your WWVP card with you.
The Tuckshop Crew are back on deck and excited about our Term 4 initiatives!
- Eco Warrior Round 2: Return and recycle your lunch order bag or bring in your bread bag tags and milk bottle lids for your chance to win a lunch order to the value of $10
- Milkshakes: A special offering coming soon to Recess
- Summer Sushi: Our Sushi trial has had a great response rate and we have decided to continue our Sushi service through to Summer.
- Rainbow Jelly: An oldy but a goody… and a lovely chilled snack in the warmer months, still just 80c a cup!
We’d love you to come spend some time with us! Opportunities are flagged in the attached Volunteer Roster. Please stay tuned for more exciting changes.
Dates for the following weeks
|Wednesday 21st October||Bookweek Parade - Parents invited, see Library News in this Newsletter for details|
|Monday 19th October||Year 6 School Leadership Photos. Please wear your Leadership red shirt for the photo.|
|Friday 30th October||World Teachers Day
Questacon Science Incursion