Here we are again at the end of a term! I take this opportunity to thank the staff for their enthusiasm and their dedication to the students and the teaching profession and I thank all our parents for the many ways in which assistance and support have been provided to the school.
In the lead up to Easter, tomorrow we will participate in liturgies commemorating the events of Holy Week. I thank all the teachers involved in the preparations for their efforts in making these meaningful for the children. I hope that parents will take the opportunity to attend the Easter Ceremonies with the children, over the middle weekend of the school holidays, so that they can make the connection between what they have participated in at school and the events of Holy Week as they are commemorated in the Church. Easter is the high point on the liturgical calendar in our Catholic Tradition. “The resurrection was intended to be given to all the living, to be carried out in the world, to all the dark places where people need the reassuring presence of the risen Christ embodied in a caring, loving, compassionate person. Easter is a beautiful day to ground ourselves in the message and power of the resurrection and recommit ourselves to the endless task of renewing God’s creation and a broken, fragile humanity. The living one is not in our churches but in the hearts of all believers.” (From: Mindful Meditations for Every Day of Lent and Easter. Savage and McSweeny.)
Enrolling for 2020 Catholic Education has developed a new online platform for parents to enrol children into our systemic schools. The online application form will go live on April 26 and can be accessed via the website of the preferred school. All students enrolling at Rosary for the 2020 school year will need to apply via this method. Additional information will be available in packs from the front office next term.
Emergency Evacuation Drill The emergency evacuation drill that was conducted on Friday last week ran very smoothly. All students, staff and visitors were assembled on the oval meeting point within just over 5 minutes of the alarm sounding which was an excellent result. The students were very responsive to teacher instructions and moved calmly and quietly to the assembly point. Thank you to everyone involved for your cooperation with this drill.
Catholic Schools’ Soccer Carnival Thank you to St Clare of Assisi Primary School for the great work they put in to hosting the Catholic Schools Soccer Carnival this year. I was unable to attend the Carnival but have heard from many sources that the children conducted themselves beautifully throughout the carnival and I thank them for representing our school so well. Thanks to the many parents who were there and who assisted the teams and to Mrs Godfrey, Mrs Stiffle and Mrs Pavlic for doing such a wonderful job of organising our school entries and preparing the teams for the day.
Parent/Teacher Learning Conversations From my perspective, the Parent/Teacher Learning Conversations went very well. Thank you to the many parents who took this opportunity to discuss their child’s progress and set goals for future learning. If you missed the chance and would still like to see your child’s teacher, please make an appointment through the front office for a meeting next term.
Lost Clothing Please check the lost property boxes in the area next to the door that leads from the quad into the foyer for any missing items of clothing, lunchboxes and drink bottles. The containers are overflowing!
Cyber Safety With the holidays upon us, it is timely to think about cyber safety for your children. Parents need to be aware that ‘facebook’ and other social networking sites recommend that users be over the age of 13 years placing users in the secondary age group or older. Do you know if your child is on ‘facebook’ (or part of some other internet group) or has been invited to be a member of someone else’s facebook site? There is the potential for online sites to promote bullying and create child protection issues if used inappropriately and without adult supervision. I strongly recommend you speak with your child if they are in Year 4 or above to find out what they are ‘up to’ in the digital world. Students should never give their name, address, age, photo or personal details to anyone online and should not accept invitations to join online sites without your knowledge. More information can be accessed at www.staysmartonline.gov.au
Disco Thanks My apologies – this notice was inadvertently missed when publishing the newsletter last week: All the children had a wonderful time at the Disco and were beautifully behaved. They loved the food, the lights and music and the DJ who was an ex-Rosary student! Thank you so much to the many volunteer parents who were there to supervise, serve in the canteen and set up and pack up. Thanks also to the many parents who came along and stayed to watch their little ones having a lovely time. Special thanks to Angela Clark and her organising team for all the hard work that went into ensuring the success of the Disco and to Melissa Thornton in the canteen for all the preparation and hard work that went into food service on the night.
I wish everyone a truly happy and holy Easter and an enjoyable, restful break with loved ones. Stay safe and well. I look forward to seeing everyone again when I return from leave on 11th June.
Thought for the week: “God loved the world so much that He gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him may not be lost but may have eternal life.” John 3:16
Start of Term Two
Term Two begins on Monday 29th April. When students return to school, it is time for them to be wearing the winter uniform. However, there is a period of two week’s grace when either the summer or winter uniform can be worn to accommodate fluctuating weather conditions at this time of the year. Please see the tables below which detail uniform requirements:
Girls’ Winter Uniform:
Tunic/Slacks Standard Catholic Tunic; or Navy slacks (no jeans or cords) Blouse Sky blue with Peter Pan collar Jumper V-neck maroon sweatshirt with school crest Vest Maroon polar fleece with school crest (optional) Tie Rosary black and white stripe tie Tights Navy Socks Navy above ankle length socks Shoes Black school shoes (not boots)
Boys’ Winter Uniform:
Trousers Navy long (no jeans or cords) Shirt Sky blue long sleeved Jumper Maroon school jumper/sweat shirt Vest Maroon polar fleece with school crest (optional) Tie Rosary black and white stripe tie Socks Black above ankle length socks Shoes Black school shoes (not boots)
Catholic Schools 2019 Enrolment Period For All Catholic Schools
The Catholic Schools Enrolment Period is from Monday 6 May – Friday 24 May (Weeks 2 – 4 inclusive, Term 2) for students commencing in 2020. If you know of anyone outside of our school community who has a child at a Pre-school or Early Learning Centre, please notify them of the opportunity to enrol at Rosary Primary School during the above period.
Next term, we will host the school’s Open Day on Wednesday 8th May. Visitors will be welcome to come and have a look around the school at any time during the day between the hours of 9am and 1pm. Enrolment Packs are available from the Front Office. If you have a younger child who is commencing school in 2020, please collect an information pack from the Front Office. If you have friends whom you know are interested in enrolling at Rosary, please let them know about the enrolment period and Open Day and inform them that packs are available from the school. Your help in spreading the word is greatly appreciated.
Holy Week Liturgies will take place on Friday 12 April. Throughout the day, the students will be re-enacting Jesus’ journey through a series of liturgies. Each year level plays an important role in bringing the story to life for us.
Palm Sunday Kinder/Year 6 9:30 am Last Supper Year 3 10:30 am The Garden of Gethsemane Year 4 11:40 am The Trial and Crucifixion Year 5 12:30pm At the Tomb Year 2 2:00 pm The Resurrection Year 1 2:15pm
All parents and friends are most welcome to come along and watch as the story unfolds.
Sacrament of First Eucharist
If you wish for your child to receive the Sacrament of First Eucharist, please give the following dates priority in your calendar.
Preparation Session Thursday 2 May @ 5:30pm, Holy Rosary Church Commitment Mass Sunday 5 May @ 10am, Holy Rosary Church Retreat Day Friday 21 June (school hours) First Eucharist Mass Saturday 22 June @ 5pm or Sunday 3 June @ 10am
Fundraising for Project Compassion
Thank you to the many families for your generosity and a special thank you to the students who have done something extra at home (or gone without a treat) to raise money for this appeal. We will continue this appeal until the end of term.
Easter Egg Guessing Competition for Project Compassion
The Easter Egg Guessing Competion is providing to be very popular! Guesses are 50 cents each or 3 for $1. The competition will be notified on Friday Afternoon. Please be aware that if more than one students guesses the exact number, the prize will be shared.
I would like to thank the Rosary Community for the support of the School Canteen this term. The Canteen menu is being updated for Term 2 2019.
Please check the prices and the days that menu items are available - as this may have changed.
PLASTIC UTENSILS - as per the accreditation for waste and recylcing, Rosary Canteen has been providing coloured forks and spoons for the children who have forgotten their eating utensils. The children go to the canteen and get a fork or spoon to eat their lunch. These utensils are not disposable/one off use and some may have arrived home in your child's lunch box. If you have any of these coloured eating utensils, it would be appreciated that they be returned to the school canteen.
I look forward to serving you next term - happy holidays.
Aero Club has been in full swing this term under the guidance and patience of Mr Peter Ederle. Library lunchtimes have been busy with the six new recruit students honing their skills using the flight simulator computer programs. Their commitment to giving up 50 minutes of their lunchtime break, three times a week has paid off. These new recruits received their Aero Club certificates of completion; they are all very proud of their successes. Congratulations to Lara Hannaford, Aiden Harper, Grace Tansley, Daniel Watson, Gemma McClory and Harley Reid. Mr Ederle also awarded two hand-created 'prop' trophies to Aiden Harper and Harley Reid for their continued enthusiasm and commitment to Aero Club training sessions- well done children!!!
Four students from last year also came along to support the training program. Their generosity was rewarded with the presentation of Teacher Award certificates at assembly: thank you Joseph Garreffa, Matthew Clark, James Curran and Oliver Stephensen.
It has been decided that we will open Aero Club up to another batch of keen participants next term in week 6. This gives this term's graduates an opportunity to refine their skills and practice before the 'newbies' start!