Dear Parents and Carers,
Last Friday (26th July) was the feast of St Anne and St Joachim. St Anne and St Joachim were the parents of Mary and grandparents of Jesus. With such amazing offspring, Joachim and Anne must share an extraordinary love. They have long been held up as exemplars for married couples, and in fact, they are one of the few married couple saints cannonised in the Catholic Church.
We know very few facts about Sts. Anne and Joachim, the only recorded stories of them are from an apocryphal gospel dating from the 4th Century AD called the Protoevangelium of James. The legend told in this document says that after years of childlessness, an angel appeared to tell Anne and Joachim that they would have a child. Whatever their names or the facts of their lives, we can assume that Mary was raised in a Jewish family home faithful to God and to the religious traditions of her day. As such, she was led to respond wholeheartedly to God’s request with faith, “Let it be done to me as you will.”
Talk about being blessed!
Not only did Joachim and Anne raise a sinless daughter, they also scored a perfect grandson! With such holiness among their offspring, they could be forgiven for having a spiritual inferiority complex. Yet, by all accounts, Joachim and Anne performed their parenting responsibilities with grace. Their feast day on July 26th is a day to honour them and all grandparents for their contribution to our lives. This Friday we will honour our wonderful Grandparents and Grand Friends through our Mass, morning tea and classroom visits.
We’ve all heard about the importance of positive parent-child relationships in the social and emotional development of children. There are countless research studies and supporting statistics that highlight the many benefits that come from strong parent-child bonds. What isn’t always recognised, however, is the positive impact that a close relationship between a grandparent and grandchild can have on the happiness and wellbeing of the entire family. Simply put, having grandparents around is good for everyone. A healthy connection between a grandchild and his or her grandparent is beneficial to both sides of the relationship, and here’s why:
Grandparents truly impact their grandchildren’s lives.
Studies show that as many as 9 out of 10 adult grandchildren feel that their grandparents influenced their beliefs and values. A child’s perspective of what constitutes a healthy, normal relationship is shaped by the relationship that he or she holds with a grandparent. Through regular contact, a sense of emotional intimacy, and unwavering support, children can experience what a true, positive relationship should look like.
Grandparents can greatly reduce household stress.
A study at Boston College found that “an emotionally close relationship between grandparent and grandchild is associated with fewer symptoms of depression for both generations.” For kids, having grandparents around means having the perfect companions to play with and have fun. Grandparents are some of the best partners when it comes to using creativity and imagination to discover the wonders of life. And in turn, most grandparents truly love their role.
Grandparents have a great amount of experience.
Grandparents are a valuable resource because they have so many stories and experiences from their own lives to share. Often times children will listen to grandparents even when they are not listening to their parents or other adults. Grandparents also offer a link to a child’s cultural heritage and family history. Children understand more of who they are and where they come from through their connection with their grandparents.
Grandparents provide a sense of security.
Especially during tough times, having an extra layer of support can make a big difference in a child’s life. Studies have shown that close grandparent-grandchild relationships during the teenage years are associated with less behavioural and emotional problems and fewer social difficulties with peers. Grandparents offer an extra ear when kids need someone to talk to, because sometimes children just find it easier to open up and share their difficulties and problems with their grandparents.
Grandparents offer an affordable childcare option.
With both parents in many families working outside of the home, it is oftentimes the grandparents that play a vital role in raising today’s youth. According to statistics, roughly 2.7 million grandparents provide for the basic needs of a grandchild, while even more take care of their grandchildren on a regular basis. If they are willing and able, having a grandparent act as either an occasional babysitter or a paid childcare provider gives many parents a great sense of comfort knowing that they are leaving their children in capable and caring hands.
Happy Grandparents and Grand Friends day!
Annual Satisfaction Survey
An annual satisfaction survey of parents, students and staff is being conducted on behalf of all Catholic schools in the Diocese this term. The surveys are designed to gather feedback from parents, staff and students about our school and will be used to inform school improvement. Responses are confidential and individuals can not be identified.
The surveys were sent via email on 29 July and close on 9 August 2019 using the email addresses supplied to the school. If you did not receive an email with a link to the survey, you can access and complete the survey at the following link.
Though it’s still cold, the UV is on the increase so we remind you of the School policy regarding exposure to the sun: Simply stated, from August until May, there is a ‘No Hat – No Play’ policy. Therefore, from next Monday (5th August) all children must wear their school uniform hats while outside during recess and lunch.
Missing the start of the school day has a real impact on a child. The morning gathering enables us to greet each other as a community and celebrate our efforts and special occasions. However, we work hard to have the classes inside and learning quickly after the bell rings. Classes are usually inside and ready for learning 5 minutes after the bell rings. Those children who are at school before the bell rings (at 8.50am) are usually more settled and focussed in their learning.
On Friday last week Catholic Schools from across the archdiocese gathered at St Christopher's Cathedral in Manuka, to celebrate NAIDOC Week. Year 6 and Indigenous students represented St Benedict’s. Thanks to Mrs Quirk and Mrs Tomadini for organising our attendance at the Mass and also thanks to Mrs Basedow for taking the students. A small selection of photos is available on the Catholic Education Office website.
Signing In and Signing Out
A reminder to parents and carers if children are arriving late or departing early from school. All students must be signed in or out by their parent or guardian at the office.
Confirmation Parish Preparation
Date & time
Confirmation Retreat, afternoon tea, followed by Vigil Mass
St Benedict’s school library and Church
Candidates and at least one parent/carer
Celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation
followed by celebration in the Parish Centre
St Benedict’s Church and Parish Centre
Candidates and their families and guests
This Friday (2nd August) Year 1/2 Gold will lead our school community in celebrating our Grandparent and Grand friend Day Mass. Mass is held in the St Benedict’s Church from 10:00am. Families are warmly invited to join us for this liturgical celebration. Morning tea will be provided by the families of students in Years 1/2 Gold. Parents are invited to stay after Mass for morning tea and a chat with in the Library. Parents of the hosting class are welcome to bring their child along to the morning tea.
St Mary of the Cross MacKillop Feast Day Mass
On Thursday 8th August 10am our school community will be attending Mass to celebrate the Feast Day of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop led by Year 5/6. All families are warmly welcomed to join us for this special occasion.
“Never see a need without doing something about it” Mary MacKillop
2 Aug Grandparents’ & Grand Friends Day 1/2Gold
6 Aug Parents & Friends Meeting, 6.30pm
8 Aug Feast of St Mary MacKillop, Mass, 10:00am
12 Aug Science Week begins
13 Aug Science Fair, Kinder to Year 2
13 Aug School Board Meeting
15 Aug Feast of the Assumption, Mass, 10.00am
17 Aug Confirmation Retreat, 3.30pm—7.00pm
18 Aug Y3/4 Gold Family Mass, 9am
19 Aug Book Week begins
30 Aug Fathers’ Day Stall
1 Sep Fathers’ Day
3 Sep Parents & Friends Meeting, 6.30pm
4 Sep Indigenous Literacy day
6 Sep Kindergarten’s Fathers’ Day Mass, 10am
10 Sep School Board Meeting
15 Sep Year 5/6 Family Mass, 9am
17 Sep Catholic Schools’ Week Begins
19 Sep Learning Showcase, 2pm
19 Sep Year 3/4 Mountain View visit
20 Sep Colour Run
22 Sep Sacrament of Confirmation, Mass, 9.00am
25 Sep School Performance, 6pm
26 Sep Mindfulness Day
27 Sep Last day of Term 3
27 Sep 5 Ways of Being Award Ceremony, 2.30pm
- Laura Jean Fundraising Pamphlet
- Boorowa Pen Pals (Yr3/4 Gold)
- First Friday Mass & Morning Tea (Guided by 1/2 Gold)
- After School Care note from Principal
Commonwealth School Banking News - Plastic Tokens
Dear School Bankers
From Term 3, week 4 2019, the School Banking team at St Benedict’s Primary School will no longer be giving out plastic tokens when you make a deposit through school banking. However, you will definitely still earn a token every time you deposit into your bank account each Wednesday – and you will be able to see how many tokens you have at any time by using the Commonwealth Bank Youth app. The number of tokens displayed on this app will always be correct. The app also has some other features and information, which you can read about here: https://www.commbank.com.au/digital-banking/youth-app.html
You will also still be able to order a reward through us once you have made the ten deposits. A rewards form will be forwarded to you via your bank book when you are due to receive a reward. (This has always been the case)
If you have any questions or concerns about this change, please include a note with your bank deposit book next time you deposit through the school.
School Banking Co-Ordinator
We are participating in Redgum Book Club this term and the catalogue has been sent home with your child. Every order will earn resources and books for our school.
To view the catalogue go to www.redgumbookclub.com.au . View in PDF file on the homepage or go to the left hand column and click on Current Catalogues.
Prices start from $2, with hundreds more books to order on their website.
The catalogue is now open and closes on Tuesday 6th August.
How to place an order
Order online and pay by credit card or Paypal www.redgumbookclub.com.au
If you have any questions, contact Lesley Kelly on email@example.com
Both Redgum and Scholastics Bookclub orders are due to school by Tuesday 6th August. Unfortunately due to the tight turn around time no late orders will be accepted at school after the 6th but you may still order online until the 14th August. Sorry for any inconvenience.
Catholic Schools NAIDOC Mass
On Friday 26 July 2019 our Indigenous and Year 6 students represented St Benedict's at the Catholic Schools NAIDOC Mass at the Cathedral. We started off with a smoking ceremony outside. During the Mass, Himiona, Amiah, Mia and Natalija led the Gospel Procession.
Afterwards we had students from St Patrick's School from Cooma and Saints Peter and Paul from Goulburn join us here in the Hall for the NAIDOC Youth Ministry Session. We played games, had a BBQ and created an artwork together.
We had a very fun day.
Emerson C - The Australian Internation Dance Team
During the school holidays Emersen competed as part of the Australian International Dance Team at the Commonwealth Cup 2019 at Sun City, South Africa. Not only was it an amazing experience for Emersen and her sisters, but they also came away with a silver medal for their Acro Dance Trio routine and 5th place for their Tap Trio routine. Congratulations Emersen on your amazing achievements.
Kinder: Nicolas C and Matilda B
Year 1/2B: Hunter R and Antoni T
Year 1/2G: Mackenzie J and Finn M
Year 3/4B: Mia T, Amelia J and Mia N
Year 3/4G: Miya H, Raphael D and George P
Year 5/6B: Shyla M and Himiona T
Year 5/6G: Claudia K and Arthur S
SCHOOL PARENTS & FRIENDS COMMITTEE MEETING
Dear St Benedict's Families
The School Parents & Friends committee will be meeting on Tuesday, 6th August for their term 3 meeting. It is never too late to join, new members are always welcome and the current committee is eager to have new ideas and suggestions. If you have been thinking about becoming involved in the school in some way, please join our next P&F meeting next Tuesday for an hour and join in as we begin to plan some fun end of year activities!
We hope to see you there!
From your 2019 Parents & Friends Committee
We are still selling the 2019-2020 Entertainment Book Membership for $60. You will receive hundreds of valuable offers for shopping, dining and accommodation. $12 of every membership sold will go towards our school. A sample copy is available for viewing at the Front Office.
Please make sure you buy a book through St Benedict’s School, and tell your family and friends about it too!
Entertainment Book using the link: https://www.entertainmentbook.com.au/orderbooks/23231n Then pickup your book from Belinda at the Front Office.
The Clothing Pool will be open each Tuesday and Thursday between 2.50pm to 3.15pm by appointment.
The Lost Property box will be emptied during the term and all named items will be returned to students via their class note bags.
The Lost Property Box is located in the canteen area. Please take some time to go through the box on a weekly basis as the lost property box is overflowing with jumpers and jackets. These are going to be essential items of your child/rens uniform as the days get colder.
PLEASE ENSURE YOUR CHILD/REN'S CLOTHING IS LABELLED WITH THEIR NAME.
Extra Lost Items
There are a number of personal items and cash that has been handed into the office during the term. If you are missing any jewellery or accessories please call in and see Mrs McRae at the Front Office.
Hello parents and friends,
Just a friendly reminder the canteen has moved to Mondays and Thursdays.
This week during recess, available are:
gluten and lactose free savoury muffins $1
pumpkin soup $2
cheese and herb pastry twists 10c
pizza slices 50c
delicious muffins of the day $1
fresh fruit $1 ea (Bananas, Apples and Pears)
whole carrots 50c
jelly and lactose free custard 50c
warm corn cobs 50c
seasonal fruit and custard $1
If your child forgets their morning munch and crunch, please see the front office.
The St Benedict’s canteen operates as a healthy canteen
as prescribed by the ACT Department of Education.
This does mean additional costs and the need for
more preparation. Mrs Cook continues to do a wonderful
job at limiting the cost and the work involved,
but unfortunately the canteen may be forced to close
without increased patronage and volunteer support.
This is something we are sure we do not want to happen.
Canteen Winter Menu 2019
Recess – Counter Sales only
Cheese Melts (can be GF and LF) $0.20c per triangle
Pizza Pinwheels $0.70
Nachos (can be LF) $2.00
Muffins of the Day $1.00 ea
Seasonal Stewed Fruit and Custard (LF & GF) $1.00
Corn Cob $0.50
Frozen Yoghurt $2.50
Lunch – Bag Orders
Pasta Bolognese (GF and can be LF) $5.50
Toastie (GF and LF options available) $3.70
Ham, Cheese & Tomato
Tuna & Cheese
Braised Eggs & Turkish Bread (GF & LF options available) $4.50
Fish and Chips with Veggies – an old favourite (LF) $5.00
House made Chicken Noodle Soup (LF & GF) $4.00
St Benedict’s homemade Sausage Rolls (LF) $3.00
Kids Meat Pie $3.40
Sauce Squeeze .20c
Juice – 200ml pure fruit juice $2.50
Nippy’s Milk – 200ml whole milk $2.50
THURSDAY 1st August
9am to 11.30am - Helpers Required - Over counter sales only
11.30am to 2pm - Helpers Required
MONDAY 5th August
9am to 11.30am - Helpers Required - Over counter sales only
11.30am to 2pm - Helpers Required
If you would like to touch base about volunteering please either drop in or contact me on Cara.Cook@cg.catholic.edu.au.
Yours in tongs,
Cara Cook, Canteen Manager
Weekend Mass Times
Youth Mass 6.00pm
Charismatic Mass 6.00pm (last Sunday of the Month)
Baptisms: 11.00am, 2nd and 4th Sundays of the Month
WODEN VALLEY YOUTH CHOIR
Woden Valley Youth Choir is an exciting and dynamic not-for-profit community choir for young people, with a strong emphasis on Music Education. We don’t just sing – we become musicians.
WVYC will have vacancies in all of its choirs for children entering year 3 next year through to young adults aged up to 25.
Rehearsals are held at Charles Weston School in Coombs on Tuesday evenings but the choir is open to people from all over the Canberra/Queanbeyan area.
Auditions for choristers wishing to commence in September 2019 will be held on Saturday 10 August.
For more information about the choir and the audition process and to download an application form go to wvyc.org.au
ROTARY CLUB OF HALL INDIGENOUS SCHOLARSHIP
WVYC welcomes enquiries from indigenous young people for the Rotary Club of Hall Indigenous Scholarship. Applicants should contact the administrator on firstname.lastname@example.org to request the guidelines for applying for a scholarship.
We are keen to grow our choir for young men aged 13 to 18 with changing or changed voices and are happy for interested young men to try out the choir before they commit to joining rather than auditioning. If you are interested in sitting in on a few rehearsals please email us or phone 1300 599 655.
WVYC 50TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERTIf you’d like to see the choir in action, come to the Woden Valley Youth Choir 50th Anniversary Concert on 24 August in Llewellyn Hall. Tickets available through Ticketek.