Dear Parents and Carers
Welcome to the end of Wk 5.
In our staffroom, we often finish our prayers with - ‘for those prayers spoken and for the ones that remain in our heart, St Jude and St John Vianney, pray for us.’
Perhaps sometime over the weekend you can pray as a family for someone you know who needs your prayers, vocalise it and be a role model for you children. Prayers are important not only for us but for our world.
SJV Mega Raffle
Well done to Zoe Bufalo who received $50 worth of Athlete’s Foot vouchers and a $10 MacDonald’s Voucher for selling raffle tickets to raise money for our school. I think Zoe is up to book number 6!!! A great reminder to us all of what a dedicated little girl can do to help raise funds for our school.
The raffle is our one and only fundraiser for the year, so it would be great if you can get behind it and sell your allocated book. If however, you can sell more, please do so. It would be wonderful to recognise more families with some shoe vouchers to recognise all the hard yards that must have been travelled.
End of School Year Event
This has been a very hectic year with the school often not able to celebrate or to meet as a community. Current restrictions have changed and the SCC are hoping that this will allow an end of year BBQ for our whole community with some fun activities planned for our students. Hopefully we will have more information for you next week.
A reminder that the Parish BBQ will be on the 4th December at St Jude’s Primary School beginning at 6pm. This is a fun affair with the parish putting on the meat and drinks for all our Parish families. If you are attending, could you please contact the Parish for RSVP purposes.
New Lunch Hours
The new break times have been a great success so far. The children are receiving their lunch orders on time and there is more time for organisation in the Canteen. There has been little or no disruption to the children, so our new schedule is here to stay. We still need more volunteers for the Canteen to run successfully. In this week’s newsletter is the Canteen roster, can you please look at this and see where you can help to make our Canteen a success.
Year 5 Parents – Graduation Help Needed
Thank you to those parents who have already made contact with Karen Wilder. If you have not done so yet and you are a Year 5 parent, could you please contact Karen to see if you can help in some way or another?
Karen’s email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Friendship 5 – Class Placement 2021
The system for class placements for students is currently under review. In the past students moving into 3/4 or 5/6 would select 5 friends and they would be placed with at least one of these friends.
A new process is being discussed with staff. This would place the onus of classroom selection solely on the teacher, who has worked with the cohort for the entire year. Teachers are well aware of who the children associate with and what environment best supports their learning. Under this model, there would still be an opportunity to meet with the school Principal to raise concerns parents might have. I will keep you informed of the outcome.
Kinder 2021 Sentiments
I have copied and pasted some kind words from two of our new Kinder families for 2021. It is always nice to receive positive feedback.
Dear Peter and Sharee,
I just wanted to say a huge thank you to you both and the team at SJV for the Kindergarten orientation on Tuesday.
The information was really well presented and so useful, and made my husband and I feel even more confident in our decision to send our daughter to SJV in 2021.
Thank you both for making her feel so welcome. She loved making the monkey picture, Sharee, and the show bag has been a real hit too! So thoughtful of you. It’s made her feel so very excited about “Big School”. She took her drink bottle to bed last night, lol.
I just wanted to say a big thank you for today’s orientation. It was so good, helpful and informative. My son had such a great time. We’re both really looking forward to him starting at St John Vianney’s. I feel so lucky to have him going there. I've subscribed to the weekly newsletters and had a read of the last one. It's so great seeing the teachers get so involved, and it looks like a lot of fun.
My son and I are so lucky to be part of this community.
Stay safe and God bless.
With Sharee Thomas
Again, the story is presented as a parable of the Kingdom – a glimpse into the right order of things in the realised Kingdom. A very wealthy master entrusts his considerable assets to his servants to manage in his absence. The three servants were allocated money, ‘each in proportion to his ability’. The emphasis of the parable is on what each servant did with the funds they were allotted. They were charged with managing the money in the place of their master; acting in their master’s place to further develop his wealth.
Like all of Jesus’ parables, this one has a sting in the tail. Although the third servant has done nothing illegal or corrupt, he is very harshly dealt with. His crime is laziness! He was given a great opportunity to demonstrate his abilities and yet he shied away and returned to his master exactly what had been entrusted to him, unimproved. The author of Matthew’s gospel uses this parable to shock the audience out of complacency. They cannot rely solely on the promised return of the Lord, they must continue to act on Jesus’ message and work to bring about the Kingdom in their own lives. Those who fail to act, leaving everything to the work of God, are as bad as the lazy servant who failed to grasp an extraordinary opportunity.
This week as a family talk about how you use your talents that have been given to you. Are you using your talents to bring about the Kingdom of God?
Always Was, Always Will Be.
Always Was, Always Will Be recognises that First Nations people have occupied and cared for this continent for over 65,000 years.
We are spiritually and culturally connected to this country.
This country was criss-crossed by generations of brilliant Nations.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were Australia’s first explorers, first navigators, first engineers, first farmers, first botanists, first scientists, first diplomats, first astronomers and first artists.
Australia has the world’s oldest oral stories. The First Peoples engraved the world’s first maps, made the earliest paintings of ceremony and invented unique technologies. We built and engineered structures - structures on Earth - predating well-known sites such as the Egyptian Pyramids and Stonehenge.
NAIDOC 2020 invites all Australians to embrace the history of this country – a history which dates back thousands of generations.
It’s about seeing, hearing and learning the First Nations’ 65,000+ year history of this country - which is Australian history. We want all Australians to celebrate that we have the oldest continuing cultures on the planet and to recognise that our sovereignty was never ceded.
Go to https://www.naidoc.org.au/ for more information and events being held in our local areas this week.
Have a great week!
Mrs Egan's ‘Thought of the Week….’
Hello everyone and thank you for the warm welcome to St John Vianney's School. This is a beautiful school with a wonderful and professional staff team.
I've been enjoying getting to know the children via Italian, Learning support and in the Assistant Principal role.
I am truly impressed with the way the children at SJV show care and support for each other, it speaks volumes for the community.
Many blessings - Judy Egan.
Please note - Merit Awards will be handed out at NEXT Friday's morning assembly.
Our media Moguls this week - Isla and Abigail interviewed the wonderful Mrs MacKenzie for this week's "Meet the Staff Member"
Hello Mrs MacKenzie can you tell us a bit about yourself please?
What is your favourite sport? I'm a mad keen Canberra Raiders Fan.
Do you have a favourite band? I enjoy all kinds of music.
What are some of your hobbies? Exercising, reading, gardening & knitting.
Do you have any pets? Yes, a Chocolate Labrador, her name is Sally and a tabby cat called Bender.
What is your favourite food? Hot chips with too much salt.
Where did you go to primary school and what subject did you enjoy the most? I went to a little rural school called Redland Bay State School. My favourite subjects was art, music and P.E.
Why did you become a teacher? I enjoy being with children and watching them grow, learn and have fun with them.
What inspires you and why? My faith and my family. I love learning & gleaning from others. Trying to find things to be grateful and thankful for.
Give us a joke!
Knock Knock! Who's there?
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 13 Nov
Wednesday 18 Nov
Friday 20 Nov
Please remember to bring your WWVP card with you.
Tuckshop Volunteers Needed
The tuckshop is always grateful for volunteers to help out each Wednesday and Friday.
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 Volunteer tuck shop form to let us know you are able to help and when.
This week the Turtles and Stingrays walked to the post office to post the pictures they had created for their grandparents/special people. Their letters have gone global with a few venturing to Ireland and Europe. The Lobster class plan to post their pictures next week. We hope it doesn’t take too long for the letters to reach our special people. Following the journey of the nest in our lemon tree last term, we look forward to watching the hatching and growth of chicks with the Hatching Chicks Program. We will host the Hatching Chicks Program for the next two weeks and look forward to their arrival on Monday.
Fifth Lane photography
$20 from each photo package purchased by families from our community will go towards ELC resources. If you are due for family photos or looking for a special Christmas gift check out their website and the great deal.
ELC Fees for weeks 7 and 8 were emailed today. It is important that you check your account balance to ensure you are paying the correct amount. As it is the last term of preschool, we appreciate your efforts to ensure accounts are up to date. As we approach the end of the year, please remember to cancel automatic payments to avoid overpayment of your account.
Gabrielle Adams - St Jude's ELC