- Principals Report Week 1 Term 3
- Religious Education News
- Dates for Your Diary
- Veritas Awards
- Crazy Sock, Hair and Hat/Beanie Day - Monday 5th August
- Year 4 Camp To Birrigai
- Rosary Sporting News - Swimming
- Rosary Sporting News - Soccer
- Library News
- Word Wall
- Chess Club
- Canteen Operating Hours
- Rosary Rugby Newsletter
- Languages at Rosary
- Woden Valley Youth Choir
- Brick Expo
- Tennis Coaching
- Saver Plus
- SZapp Download Instructions
Dear Parents and Friends,
We are looking forward to celebrating St Dominic’s Feast Day tomorrow. We will attend Mass as a whole school at 10am in Rosary Church and the afternoon will be filled with activities at school centred on our teaching and learning philosophy: Together we do our BEST.
The performance of our Year 5 students at the Wakakirri story and dance festival last night was a truly awesome! Their item, Mowgli, based on the story of The Jungle Book, was visually and aurally spectacular! It was a very polished production in every sense. The costumes, props and backdrops were magnificent, the hair and make-up artistry was superb, the scene changes were seamless and the music and moves were captivating. It was a joy to watch and I did so with a feeling of great pride. I congratulate the children for the wonderful way in which they engaged with Wakakirri – for their team work, dedication to rehearsals, assistance and cooperation and for their remarkable performance. I extend a huge thank you to the teachers, Mr O’Brien, Mrs Hinds and Miss Rich for the enormous amount of work they put into preparing for this major Arts event on our school calendar. For Mr O’Brien, it was his 11th year of dedicated directorship! I also extend a very hearty thanks to the Yr 5 parents and other staff members who supported the event by helping with props, costumes, transporting items and a myriad of other jobs. We are very grateful for all the assistance. We are now waiting on the results to see if we have made it to the finals. This should be announced in early September. However, we have discussed with the students that making it to the finals is not the important part – what they put into it and what they get out of it and the way that they participate and represent our school are the most important things. Congratulations Year 5 – we are all very proud of you!
Congratulations to Isabella Willshire for making it to the Rostrum Public Speaking Competition Semi-Final as the school representative. Isabella presented her speech to a new audience at Radford last night and, though she did not progress through to the final, represented Rosary School with great skill and pride. Isabella sacrificed being part of the Wakakirri performance due to this clash in commitments which is truly admirable. Well done Isabella – we are all very proud of you!
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 cannot be identified.
The surveys were launched via email on July 29 and close on August 9 using the email addresses supplied to the school. If you do not receive an email with a link to the survey, you can access and complete the survey at the following link: https://www.research.net/r/rosarypsparent2019
Hats on again!
August is ‘hats on again’ time in accordance with our Sun Smart School’s Policy. From the start of next week (Week 3), students will be expected to wear either the uniform school hat or beanie. Should students not be wearing either of these when outside, they will be directed to play in shaded areas.
To assist in preventing the spread of illness, we seek your co-operation in regularly reminding the children about basic hygiene practices including:
Hand Hygiene: frequent washing of hands with soap and water.
Coughing/Sneezing Etiquette: covering of the mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, disposing of the tissue in the bin and washing hands. Alternatively, coughing into the elbow.
The students are not the only ones affected by illness, especially at this time of year. Staff members may also require leave to recover from illness. When a staff member is absent, for whatever reason, we do make every attempt to secure a relief teacher. Sometimes, relief teachers can be in very short supply and it can be difficult to secure a replacement – especially over consecutive days. Relief staff may also be booked elsewhere or experiencing illness themselves which means they are not available to our school. If a relief teacher cannot be found, it becomes necessary to ‘split’ a class. This means that students from the one class are divided in small groups or pairs amongst the remaining classes in the school for the day. In this instance, students take ‘day away’ activities with them and work on these as well as joining in with the class group they are visiting when the activities are suited to their level. As far as possible, the regular teaching program is followed when relief teachers are employed.
The school’s Annual Report for the 2018 school year is now available on the school website for the information of parents and the wider community. It can be located under the Policies and Publications tab.
Athlete’s Foot School Rewards Program
On Tuesday this week, I was visited by Bec Bennett who is a representative of Athlete’s Foot Canberra who presented me with an $800 cheque for the school. This is a result of their School Rewards Program where $5 from every pair of school shoes purchased from The Athlete’s Foot for a Rosary student is donated to the school. Over the past few years, the Program has earned us around $4000. Thank you to all families who contributed to this program.
Thought for the Week:
“It’s not what you do but how much love you put into what you do that matters.”
Vicky van der Sanden
Confirmation Preparation Evening and Commitment Mass - Thank you!
Thank you to everyone who was able to attend both the Preparation Evening and Commitment Mass. A friendly reminder that the resource fee is due. Please forward this to the Front Office.
Enrolment in the Sacramental Program for Confirmation
This is the final weekend for enrolment into the program to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. If you were not able to attend Mass last weekend and still wish your child to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation, please attend a Mass this weekend. Please hand the Commitment Card to the priest after Mass.
Holy Rosary Mass times: Saturday 5pm or Sunday 8am, 10am and 5pm.
St Dominic’s Feast Day Mass
St Dominic’s Feast Day Mass is on tomorrow - Friday 2 August @ 10am, Holy Rosary Church. All welcome!
All students are asked to wear their Black and White Sport Uniform in honour of St Dominic.
Peace and best wishes
Religious Education Co-ordinator
- St Dominics Mass - Friday 2nd August - Holy Rosary Church 10.00am
- Year 5 and 6 Internet Safety Program - Monday 5th August - 9.30am - 11.00am
- Crazy Sock, Hair and Hat / Beanie Walkathon Reward Day - Monday 5th August
- Catholic Schools Netball Carnival Meeting - Wednesday 7th August - School Library 6.00pm
- Year 4 Athens Assembly - Friday 9th August - School Hall 2.30pm
- Open Community Council Meeting - Wednesday 14th August - School Library 6.00pm
- Feast of the Assumption Mass - Thursday 15th August - Holy Rosary Church 10.00am
- Kinder Dublin Assembly - Friday 16th August - School Hall 2.30pm
Congratulations to the following students who received a VERITAS award in Week 1 Term 3:
Ryan Dahal, Pema Rabsel, Charles Peake, Mason Mullens, Pema Choden, William Pochi, Therese Brooker, Rebecca Flowers, Serena Tran, Hugo Pochi, Cherry Parker, Tayliah Baekalia, Shinay Buckley, Jayden Byrne and Matthew Choundary.
Alex Bui from Year 6 Bangkok has been in squad swimming training for over a year at Ginnindera Swim Club. He loves sports generally, but recently Alex has been selected with qualifying times to compete at School Sport Australia 2019 in Melbourne this week. This is an extension of his success at the school swimming carnival! Congratulations Alex. Rosary wishes you well!
Vanna McAlister from Year 6 Bangkok is raising funds to get to Italy this October and train with Juventus.
Vanna has a crowdfunding site and would love the support of the school community should folks be interested.
There are signed Tim Cahill ‘Tiny Timmy’ books and soccer merchandise to win!
Please go to the link below if you would like to support Vanna.
Even Tim Cahill is supporting Vanna!
A reminder that students are required to have a clean library bag when borrowing books to take home- children know their set library days for this semester. With over 29,000 resources available for loan, we very much appreciate the appropriate care that is given to them when they leave the library space!
This year's theme is Reading is my Super Power. We conduct a Scholastic Bookfair in the Library as part of Bookweek (August 19-23). The Bookfair will be in lieu of Bookclub for the first half of the term. Bookclub will resume as normal in the second half of the term. Students and families can purchase books from the Bookfair during that week (week 5), with 50% of all sales returned to the school in free books!! Additionally, as mentioned in last term's week 10 newsletter, there will be a dress-up day on Friday, August 23. We will discuss this with the children during Library times. Please know that this event can be as simple as dressing up as a 'normal' character from a fiction book or as detailed as having your child dressed in a costume character from a book. There is no competition...it is merely a day to celebrate all that is wonderful about BOOKS! Our only requirement is that each child needs to have the book their dress-up relates to. Please see either Jodie or myself if you are having trouble securing a book that relates to your child's dress-up character.
Mrs Sandy Vincent
To promote Literacy in our school community, Rosary students will be creating a school word wall during weeks 3-6 this term. All students will have the opportunity to write an adjective for display on the word wall (located next to the Peace Gates). We encourage you to peruse the wall with your child, as a way of developing valuable school-home connections.
Julie Godfrey and Fron Garrett.
Rosary Chess Club has changed its provider after 17 years, as of this semester. After extensive consultation, it was decided that the new coaching program will better suit the needs of our students. Canberra-based Jenny, Jo and Stu have co-ordinated chess clubs in other schools in the past and offer a more varied and engaging tutoring style. The students know these coaches from previous work at Rosary. I'm confident that they will provide a high level of coaching, further enhancing chess tuition at Rosary! Cost and supervision conditions are the same as it has been the past 17 years!
Tuition is $90 for weeks 1-9 (inclusive)
Held in the Library on Tuesdays from 3.10-4.30pm
Parents to collect students via Egypt external courtyard door, near front office.
It is not too late if any parent/child is interested in joining our after school club for this term. Please contact me through the school front office for further details.
The Rosary Canteen Operating Hours are:
Monday - Closed for Canteen Service - Open for Home Cooking Food Tastings from 3.10pm
On Monday afternoons at school pick up, Melissa will be providing Home Cooking Tastings for parents to try her wonderful home cooked meals. If you are considering using the home cooking service (you deserve a night off!) please drop in to to see Melissa outside the canteen and try before you buy! You won't be disappointed.
Tuesday - Open for Recess Service and Lunch Orders / Service
Wednesday - Open for Recess Service and Lunch Orders / Service
Thursday - Open for Before School Service from 8.30am, Recess Service and Lunch Orders / Service
Friday - Open for Before School Service from 8.30am, Recess Service and Lunch Orders / Service
Alpha Catering is also available for home cooking.
Orders placed by 4pm Friday will be available for pickup the following Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.
Orders can be made using Flexischools or through the canteen. Business cards are available from the Front Office.
Thank you for supporting our canteen.
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 email@example.com 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 CONCERT
If 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.
The Tennis Canberra Spring Coaching Season starts August 26th. In preparation, we are inviting our Rosary Primary School students to play the rest of the current Winter Tennis Season for free.
Free Tennis Coaching at Majura Tennis Club, Dickson
- Monday 5pm (Year 3-6)
- Wednesday 5pm (Year K-2) at Reid Tennis Club**
- Thursday 4pm (Year K-6)
- Saturday 8am (Year K-2), 9am & 10am (Year 3-6)
*New students can attend one class for free and able to continue to participate for free for the rest of the Winter Season (ending August 25th) if registered for the upcoming Spring Season.
To book your free session please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your child's - Full name, age and which session you wish to attend. For more information about our programs please visit www.tenniscanberra.com.au