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- Rosary Community Council 2021
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- 2021 Term Dates
- National Aboriginal and Torres strait Islander Children's Day Celebration
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- Girls Programming Network - Sunday 15 August
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Dear Parents and Friends,
I am very pleased to welcome Mr Greg Walker as the newly-appointed Principal of Rosary Primary School from the beginning of the 2022 school year. Greg is an experienced leader in Catholic Education. He is a dedicated professional with a genuine passion for education who also possesses a strong commitment to developing community relationships. Greg is also a person of great integrity and strong faith, a dedicated family man and a true gentleman. Greg was the Assistant Principal at Rosary in years gone by and I had the pleasure of working with him as a member of the Executive Team. I was appointed to the Assistant Principal role at Rosary when Greg departed to accept a Principal role at St Clare of Assisi in Conder. I take this opportunity to heartily welcome Greg back to the Rosary family and to wish him every success and happiness as Principal in the years to come. I am confident that the school and parish community will join me in welcoming Greg and am sure that he will feel ‘right at home’ in no time at all. I know that the school will be in very good hands with Greg leading it into the future and congratulate him on his appointment.
Last week I congratulated the Wakakirri team of parents, staff and students on securing Awards for Best Backstage Crew, Best Individual Hair and Make-up and Best Costume Design. We have now also received the Outstanding Adapted Story Award! The schools that received an Outstanding Story Award are invited back to perform at the Wakakirri Story Awards Night at the Canberra Theatre on 30th August where these schools’ excellent efforts are showcased. The following is feedback from the judge, Will Tran:
“You could be forgiven for thinking that this piece was running in Sydney or London. It was sensational! Absolutely loved the set pieces (that were seamlessly transitioned), make-up and costumes. Choreography was on point. It was sharp and succinct and very much distilled the well-known story. The audience adored the performance and it was riveting!"
Following are the performance and production awards highlighting the top 5 areas of Rosary’s entry;
- Excellent lead cast
- Well-rehearsed performance
- Excellent set movement and staging
- Excellent overall costume design
- Best direction: Overall
CONGRATULATIONS! We can’t wait to see Year 5 perform again at the Canberra Theatre and wish the students every success.
It is disappointing that we cannot hold the Athletics Carnival in the usual way this year – and not because of COVID but because of the grounds closures and the poor weather we are experiencing at the moment! As a result, we are holding the carnival in stages today and tomorrow on our own school oval and students from Year 2 to Year 6 have been asked to wear their sports uniform on both days. We would much rather have held the carnival on one day at a designated sports field as it is certainly easier to host with everyone there together and it provides a great experience for the students. However, as this is not possible, the alternative arrangement is our best option and I thank the teachers for their commitment to this event so that the students do not miss out and can still have the chance to place for the regional carnival. Special thanks to Mrs Godfrey and her team of helpers for the hard work that has gone into ensuring the students can participate. Sincere thanks is extended to all parents who had volunteered their time to help out – many on both dates that we had previously scheduled. Let’s hope we have better luck next year!
School Concert and Carols Evening
In alternate years, the school produces a Concert and a Carols event. This year, we were due to hold a concert which is always scheduled for a time toward the end of third term. It is not included on the school calendar as we always need to await the date for the Sacrament of Confirmation from the Bishop’s Office. This information is needed in order to prevent calendar clashes and the concert taking over from the importance of the Sacrament if the events are too closely timed.
This year, given the restrictions on gatherings still in place and having to comply with the 2 persons per 1 square metre rule, we are unable to host a concert. Dickson College Hall had been booked but the area is too small to hold the number of people in the audience, as well as the students and staff, to comply with the regulations. In order to accommodate everyone, we would need to hold several performances and this just isn’t possible. Instead, we will host a Carols Evening again this year in Term 4 – closer to the end of the year (date to be confirmed) with parents in attendance. We can go ahead with this event as it is possible to comply with the persons per square metre ruling due to the fact that it is held outdoors. I thank parents for understanding that these are extraordinary times and adjustments need to be made accordingly to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the whole community.
St Mary MacKillop Feast Day
The Feast Day of Australia’s first saint, Mary of the Cross (MacKillop) is celebrated on 8 August – this coming Sunday. On this day, we recall and give thanks for the great work of this wonderful lady; especially with respect to her promotion of education in the faith throughout Australia.
Thought for the Week:
Find happiness in making others happy.
Saint Mary MacKillop
SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION
Please return the following by 27 August:
- Resource fee
- Registration Card and copy of Baptism certificate
- Parent and Sponsor letters
COMMITMENT MASS REMINDER
Candidates, please ensure that you attend a Mass throughout the month of August. Introduce yourself and hand your signed Commitment Card to Fr Mannes or Fr Raf after Mass.
Holy Rosary Mass times: Saturday 5pm or Sunday 8am, 10am and 5pm.
ST DOMINIC’S FEAST DAY – thank you!
Yesterday, the whole school celebrated St Dominic’s Feast Day by attending Mass at Holy Rosary Church. The students sang and participated wonderfully. Thank you to all parents and grandparents who were able to attend.
In the afternoon our Year 6 leaders led a fact-finding treasure hunt based on facts about the life and qualities of St Dominic. Thank you, Year 6. A fun time was had by all!
Saint Mary of the Cross – 8 August 2021 - Year B
“Don’t worry about tomorrow.”
Click on the link below to go to the readings and activities for this Sunday.
Peace and best wishes
Religious Education Coordinator
It is astonishing to us both that we are coming up to the middle of term three - where are the weeks going?!! This week has been super busy for both the library staff and students, as we finalise the Chief Minister's Reading Challenge (CMRC) for 2021. Starting in March, ALL students committed to reading 30 age-and-reading levelled-appropriate books by August 6. With two days left, we are heading to a 100% completion rate for the Challenge!!! A huge achievement for our senior students who now read from a variety of sources including our online eBook platform, SORA. CMRC ACT Education Directorate will notify us of our success with a presentation of certificates and book prizes, held at the National Library of Australia, next term.
As previously mentioned, Australia's Children's Bookweek is in week seven. Therefore, our annual Bookweek Character Parade is less than three weeks away! We remind all families that children need to have a book with their dressup/costume/clothing attire representing their character, organised before week seven. We would be devastated if a child were to come to school in their school uniform, without their book, when all other students are dressed-up for the day! Reminder alerts will be sent through the school app closer to the day. The date and Scholastic Bookfair dates will be confirmed next week. If the weather is kind to us, parents will be invited to see our students parade out in the quad as per Covid guidelines. More to come next week!!
Sandy and Jodie
In addition to the regular reports from the Parish, Principal and Treasurer, the following matters were discussed at the Community Council Executive Meeting last week:
- Carols Evening in place of a school concert this year
- Plans for remedial works to the oval
- Plans for junior playground initiative
- Progress of the building works – connected outdoor learning spaces
- Supporting Local flier
- Plans for St Dominic’s Feast Day, Athletics Carnival and the Fathers’ Day Stall
- Success of the BIG Challenge fundraising event
- Wakakirri congratulations
- Enrolments and Catholic Schools funding (standing items)
Congratulations to the following students who received a Veritas Award :
We have been able to reinstate most of our events for the 2021 calendar year. However, due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation, some events may need to change or be conducted differently. If there are changes, we will advise you as soon as practicable.
- Year 6 London Assembly - Friday 6th August 2:30pm
- BIG Challenge Superhero Fun Day - Monday 9th August
The school counsellor, Jessica O'Rourke, is available every Monday and until 1pm on Tuesdays.
You can refer your child for counselling by filling in a referral form available on Catholic Care’s website or follow this link: https://catholiccare.force.com/housing/s/school-referral-form
After you have filled out the referral form you will automatically be sent an email requesting your consent for your child to access the service. In the case of families where parents are separated, consent of both parents is normally required. If this is difficult for you please feel free to discuss with Jessica.
The Rosary Clothing Pool is open to families to purchase second hand uniform items for $5 per piece. Please note that currently only one family is allowed in the room at any one time and hand sanitisation is required upon entry and exit. A key is available from the front office to access the room during school hours for your convenience.
All new uniform items can be purchased from Personally Yours. They are located at 218 Gladstone St, Fyshwick ACT 2609 and can be contacted on 6280 4166.
The Rosary Community Council Representatives for 2021 are:
Should you wish to contact the council please email: email@example.com
There are many extracurricular activities available onsite for our Rosary Students. Please note all of these activities attract a fee and are delivered by external providers. Please see the timetable below for details:
- French Lessons - Monday 3.10pm - 4.25pm
- Tae Kwon-Do - Monday 6.30pm Children class / 7:30pm Adult class
- Mandarin Lessons - Tuesday 3.10pm - 4.25pm
- Chess Club - Tuesday 3.10pm - 4.30pm (Weeks 1 - 9)
- Zanshin Martial Arts - Tuesday 6.30pm Junior class / 7:30pm Senior class
- Artkids - Thursday 3.15pm - 5.15pm
- Italian Lessons - Friday 8:00am - 9:00am (beginner) and 3.10pm - 4.25pm
- Musicorp (various instruments) / Piano Lessons - Friday 8:20am and during class time throughout the day
Please contact the school if you require further information.
The school year is divided into four terms. Term dates for the year 2021 are as follows:
Term 1 (9 weeks) Monday 1 February - Thursday 1 April
Term 2 (10 weeks) Tuesday 20 April - Friday 25 June (Monday 19 April is a system wide Pupil Free Day)
Term 3 (10 weeks) Tuesday 13 July - Friday 17 September (Monday 12 July is a system wide Pupil Free Day)
Term 4 (11 weeks) Tuesday 5 October – Friday 17 December