Dear Parents and Friends,
Can you please keep Mr Rodda and his family in your thoughts and prayers this week. His brother in-law sadly passed away early this week.
He will attend the interstate funeral and will return to school later next week.
An Irish Blessing
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
Assistant Principal (Acting)
Dear Parents and Friends,
“Resurrection is another word for change, but particularly positive change – which we tend to see only in the long run.”
What signs of new life, positive change, or resurrection are you witnessing in your life at this time?
Fr Richard Rohr
I hope that you have had a restful and refreshing break.
WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL FOR TERM 2
On Monday it was business as usual for all of the St John Vianney's Staff as we unpacked the Science of Learning and Rosenshine’s Principles. Throughout the day we were able to build a shared knowledge and understanding of the theory underpinning the High Impact Teaching Practice program. The session excited and empowered all staff to commence our Catalyst journey and program elements. A program supported by the Catholic Education Office, we will have a number of Catalyst Champions from COGlearn working hand in hand with the staff to coach, mentor and continue to develop capacity which will improve student outcomes. Today, Michael Roberts from COGlearn visited St John Vianney’s. He was extremely impressed with student learning and engagement, the optional learning and breakout spaces and our gorgeous school grounds. We look forward to our journey with Michael and his team from COGlearn.
It was lovely to see all of our students skipping into the school grounds with big smiles of their faces on Tuesday morning. They were full of stories to share with their teachers after the break and now have settled very well back into the new school term.
MAJOR EXTERNAL UPGRADES TO SJV
You may have noticed some major positive changes in and around our school. We are very pleased with the new glamorous blue that adorns our gutters and fascias. Our students have given the colour a thumbs up. We will look to extend this to the rest of the building in the near future. The car park driveway has also had a huge makeover. The new bitumen was laid just in time to welcome all of our community back to school for Term 2. We will soon have our black top car park and driveway marked with fresh new lines.
Our grounds continue to shine, thanks to our working bee parent helpers with the lovely Peta Corby mapping out plans for an amazing garden for the front car park WATCH THIS SPACE!!! The Gardening Club students, under the expertise and guidance of Mrs Malpas have brightened up the court yard. They continue to learn about our environment through biodiversity. The students are currently toiling and preparing the rich soil, organising our new garden beds and selecting seeds. If you have some time, one lunchtime a week and would like to help with this club, please contact Mrs Malpas.
We are moving into our enrolment period for 2022. If you would like to enrol your son or daughter into St John Vianney’s, please contact Mrs Jeanette Simpson in our Front Office for more information, to arrange for a tour and receive the prospectus. School Tours and Information Sessions will be held in May, the times and dates will be available on our Website soon.
Our ANZAC Ceremony will be hosted by 3/4P at 2.30pm in our Hall. Anzac Day, 25 April, is one of Australia's most important national occasions. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War and is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand that broadly commemorates all Australians and New Zealanders "who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations" and "the contribution and suffering of all those who have served".
Our teachers have been gently discussing the story of ANZAC Day, ANZAC biscuits and why this day is commemorated with a public holiday. I was fortunate to visit an ANZAC Cove in 2013 and experience the ANZAC Dawn Service followed by the Lone Pine Services. I could only imagine what my great grandfather endured whilst at Gallipoli. Our prayers are with all Service Personal past, present and future and also with their families. We hope you can join us for our ANZAC Ceremony this coming Friday.
We are pleased to announce Laura Matchett as Religious Education Coordinator (Acting) and Wayne Young as Learning Coordinator for Early Childhood, for the remainder of the year. They are both excited to be part of the School Executive Team and serve the St John Vianney’s community.
Can you please keep Mr Rodda and his family in your prayers for the sudden passing of his beloved brother-in-law earlier this week. Mr Rodda will be with his family during this sad time and will return to school later next week. In his absence, if you have any queries or concerns please feel free to contact me, my door is always open.
Blessing on your family and enjoy the long weekend.
Assistant Principal (Acting)
Gospel Reflection John 10:11-18
This week’s Gospel is the story of the Good Shepherd. Jesus talks about the difference between a good shepherd who knows his sheep, cares for and is familiar with them, and a hired hand who does not have the same connection with the flock. The Gospel explains how just as the sheep know the voice of their shepherd, and will go to him when he calls, so too Jesus calls us. This story serves as a cautionary tale about being aware of the ‘shepherds’ we are listening to in our own lives, and a reminder that listening and responding to Jesus’ call will lead to a closer relationship with God.
This Sunday marks Good Shepherd Sunday, a day when we pray for the Priests in our parishes. The Archbishop has asked that we especially pray for those who are considering a vocation to the Priesthood, that they hear the call of the Holy Spirit to respond.
Easter Sunday Prayer Celebration
Thank you to Mrs Stilling and 2JB for presenting a joyous and prayerful celebration of Jesus’ resurrection this week. The beautiful singing and reverent acting out of the story, brought this Gospel to life for our community.
I’d like to thank everyone who has taken the time to wish me well as I commence my new position as Religious Education Coordinator (Acting) at SJV. My Catholic faith is an important part of both my professional and personal identity and I look forward to serving our community in this special role.
Please note - Merit Awards will be handed out at NEXT Friday's morning assembly.
What's coming up and when:
|Friday 23 April||
Anzac Day Prayer Celebration 2:30pm Parents and Carers
|Monday 26 April||Public Holiday|
|Tuesday 27 April||AFL Clinic Term 2|
|Wednesday 28 April||
ACT 12 & Under Swim Championships
|Wednesday 5 May||Playgroup 9:30am - 11:00am Fine Fingers|
Stunning Handball shot spins like a Warne leg break!
A big congratulations to Matheius B from 3/4 P for qualifying for the Handball Regional Championships held at St John Vianney’s. He will be competing for the title of Australia’s Handball Regional Champion and stake his claim to the $1000 in prizes on Sunday May 2nd. We all wish him the very best for his upcoming competition.
A Class Above the Rest!
A big St John Vianney’s welcome to Mrs. Charlotte Sloane who has taken up the position as our Kindergarten Teacher for the duration of the year. In terms of human development, the importance of early childhood education can’t be overstated. Well- established research states that a child’s early years are the foundation of his or her future development, providing a strong based for life-long learning abilities, including cognitive, spiritual and social development. Mrs Sloane comes with many valuable credentials including an Early Childhood Degree and has valuable experience teaching in such an important space, this also included leading an Early Childhood Centre. Please introduce yourself and welcome Mrs Sloane to our wonderful community.
Our media Moguls this week - Lina, Lara and Emily interviewed the wonderful Mrs Sloane to welcome her to our school.
Hello Mrs Sloane can you tell us a bit about yourself please?
- If you had a time machine, would you go back in time or visit the future? Back into the Past
- Would you rather have a home on the beach or in the mountains? Definitely the beach and I love to walk on the water’s edge
- What was your favourite game as a child? Skipping, hopscotch and netball
- What food do you crave most often? Chocolate
- If you could visit one place on Earth where would you go? Switzerland because I am half Swiss and it is a beautiful country and I could see the rest of my family
- What always brings a smile to your face? My husband, my kittens and a good book
Thanks Mrs Sloane, we really enjoyed interviewing you and finding out a little bit more about you.
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
Friday 23 April
Wednesday 28 April
Friday 30 April
Please remember to bring your WWVP card with you.
Tuckshop Volunteers Needed
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.
Eco Warrior is back for 2021
Happy Birthday Henryk K, Elijah C, Michael H and Dora S
We welcome Ethan and his family to St Jude's ELC.
The Stingray class noticed a change in their natural environment when they returned after the school holidays. Some of the leaves had changed colour. This discovery sparked a nature walk to collect Autumn leaves. The children discussed the colours they observed and noticed that not all trees had changed their leaves. The Stingrays strengthened their fine motor skills by threading the Autumn leaves to make a natural mobile.
Anzac Day Public Holiday
Monday 26 April is a Public holiday and the ELC will be closed.
Walk-a-thon and Meal Deal
The St Jude’s Walkathon will be held on Friday 30 April for Turtles and Lobsters and Wednesday 5 May for the Stingrays class. Please return your Meal Deal order by Tuesday 27 April.
Our gymnastics program at Woden Valley Gymnastics Club will begin next week. If you have not yet returned your permission note, please do so as soon as possible.
Please join us at the ELC for a working bee on Sunday 2 May from 9am to 12noon (please note the change of date). Children are welcome. Thank you in advance for your time in helping to maintain our environment. If you are attending, please add your name to the list in the ELC foyer.
The ELC open day is on Thursday 6 May from 9:30-11:30am and 4-6pm.
The Catholic schools enrolment period runs from 3 May to 28 May. ELC families who plan for their child to continue onto a catholic primary school are required to complete an enrolment application form. The link to the enrolment form is on the school website.
Thank you to all of our Term 1 mystery readers! Rosters are now up for Term 2 and we would love to see your name on it.
Gabrielle Adams - St Jude's ELC