- Principals Report Week 3 Term 4
- Religious Education News
- Dates for Your Diary
- BEST Awards
- Veritas Awards
- Ride or Walk to School Day - Friday November 1st 2019
- Swimming Program
- Remembrance Day Service Monday 11th November 10:30am
- Library News
- Boorowa Touch/Netball Carnival
- Weet-Bix TRYathlon
- Oztag Report
- Catholic Schools Netball Carnival - Sponsorship Thank You
- Lifeline Bootcamp
- SZapp Download Instructions
Dear Parents and Friends,
Please pray for the students from our school and parish who are preparing to make the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time next Monday evening. The Sacrament will take place in Rosary Church at 5.30pm. Everyone is welcome to attend and, if they wish, receive the Sacrament after the children have been to see one of a number of priests who will be present to confer the Sacrament. It would be wonderful to have many from our community there to support the children and to pray for them on this special occasion in their spiritual lives.
‘Thank you’ Treat Day
On Monday next week, we will be holding a Treat Day for the students to thank them for their involvement in the Catholic Schools Netball Carnival. The students will receive a sausage sandwich (or two) and a lolly bag. If any parents will be available to help us with cooking the BBQ, it will be much appreciated – please let the front office know if you can help.
Tuition Fees 2020
We have been advised by Catholic Education that the tuition fee structure will be as follows for the 2020 school year:
Tuition Fees 2020
ACT Systemic Primary Schools as set by the Catholic Education Commission
Per Term Per Annum
1st child $400 $1,600
2nd child – 70% discount $120 $480
3rd child – 80% discount $80 $320
4th child – no charge $0 $0
A 20% discount applies to the first child fee where there is a sibling in an
Archdiocesan Secondary College.
CCSBF Contribution 2020
Per Term Per Annum
Per family $178 $713
In addition, School Based Levies will increase by 3% as they do each year.
In order to provide our Catholic schools with the resources required and to continue to meet parent expectations for a high quality education, it is important that income keeps pace with increasing education costs. Fees are set after careful consideration of the needs of Catholic schools in the Archdiocese and the resources needed to maintain and enhance quality education. We are focussed on developing great teachers and supporting them to create respectful learning environments that enable all of our students to flourish because they feel safe, happy and motivated to learn and grow. This is an increase of $119 on 2019. This equates to around $2.50 a week. A rise of $2.50 per student per week in tuition fees will help to ensure our schools can maintain the resources to deliver high quality education.
As always, if fees create financial concern for you, I encourage you to make an appointment with me to discuss how we can help. It is a policy in the Archdiocese that no student is to be refused enrolment, excluded or disadvantaged because their family is unable to afford fees. Any discussion on fees would be strictly confidential.
Classes for 2020
The process of allocating children to classes for 2020 starts now. The allocations are based on the following considerations:
- Learning abilities
- Balance of gender
- Behavioural considerations
- Religion – so that a balance of Catholic and non-Catholic children is achieved especially in Sacramental years.
As part of the process of allocating children to classes, the children are given the opportunity to nominate 5 friends with whom they would like to share a class next year. They are guaranteed to have at least one of these friends with them. These nominations are based purely on friendship and not on any other factors and are the child’s decision to make. The ‘Friendship 5’ lists will be completed by the children at a suitable time, in class, in the next few weeks.
My firm belief is that teachers are in the best position to decide a child’s placement because they know all the children in their classes and have a view of the ‘big picture’. However, I invite parents to inform me of anything that you feel needs to be considered, for your own child’s well-being or development. I have allowed 3 weeks’ time in which to notify me of your concerns, in writing. After the cut-off date of Friday 21stNovember, it will not be possible to take further wishes into account.
Information needs to be provided each year as circumstances can change. I will do my best to accommodate your wishes but will not promise anything! Please be aware that requests for particular teachers will NOT be considered.
Class Structure 2020
Rosary has seen a rise in enrolments over the past year with many families expressing a desire to become part of our community. This is a wonderful affirmation for our school and we have been pleased to welcome so many newcomers this year. However, it has put some pressure on the school in terms of determining the class structure for 2020.
The Catholic Education Office allocates a certain number of classes based on enrolment numbers overall. Prior to finalising class configurations for 2020, I had consulted with the Catholic Education Office with regard to enrolment numbers and staffing. I submitted an application for an additional class but, given our enrolment numbers for next year and the capacity to maintain multi-age classes, the application was declined. However, the Catholic Education Office will monitor the enrolment situation over the coming year and consider the class allocation accordingly for the year 2021.
The enrolment numbers for next year, should the structure remain the same as for 2019 with 3 x Year 1/2 multi-age classes, would be 30 students per class. This number is not tenable as it prevents the opportunity for future growth of the school in those year levels. Therefore, we will be reverting to single level classes in Years One and Two next year with an average class size of 22. However, the multi-age structure will need to continue and be applied to the Year 3 and 4 classes in 2020. This means that there will be three Year 3/4 multi-age classes with an enrolment of 26 in each class given current projections. This arrangement will be in place for next year but beyond that it is not possible, at this stage, to determine whether it will continue as it is so difficult to predict enrolment trends given the many influencing factors involved. We need to change our class structures because of our enrolment numbers. However, we also believe, and have shown, that multi-age classes are successful.
Therefore, the structure of classes across the school will be as follows for the 2020 school year:
2 x Kindergarten classes
2 x Year One classes
2 x Year Two classes
3 x Year Three/Four classes
2 x Year Five classes
2 x Year Six classes
This is a total of 13 classes and the average class size will be 23 students which is the same as it has been this year. Parents of students in Kindergarten, Years 1, 2 and 3 were informed of this change to the structure yesterday.
Students leaving Rosary at the end of the year
Please ensure that you have informed me, in writing, if your child will not be returning to Rosary in 2020. Obviously, this does not apply to students in Year 6. It is imperative, for planning purposes, that I have accurate information with regard to enrolment numbers. I also need to know the destination school as part of system accountability requirements. Thank you to those who have already provided this information.
Miss Tess Harveyson has secured a position as an infants’ teacher at Orana Steiner School effective from the start of the 2020 school year. I take this opportunity to congratulate Miss Harveyson on her appointment and thank her for the wonderful contribution she has made to the life of Rosary School over the past two years. Miss Harveyson has been an enthusiastic and nurturing support to her class and a positive influence on the development and independence of her students. I am sure you will join me in wishing Miss Harveyson all the very best with her future career in teaching.
Safe Travel to and from School
Earlier this week, on the way to school in the morning, there was an accident involving a Rosary student and a bus. The student’s foot was injured and he was cared for by paramedics at the scene and taken to hospital for further assessment. We are very grateful and blessed that this injury was not more significant and we wish the student all the very best with the recovery process. This incident serves as a timely reminder to speak with all students about safe travel to and from school. Please discuss safe travel practices with your children; especially in terms of standing back from public transport until completely stationary before alighting, remaining seated until stationary before disembarking and remaining seated and forward-facing during transit.
Netball posts for sale and some free to a good home
Following the Netball Carnival, we have some new netball posts for sale and some old ones to give away. We had to purchase a few more to cover the courts on the day but, as this was the final carnival, the posts are no longer required. We will be keeping 2 of the black, plastic netball posts for school use but will be selling the other two as well as the four metal ones pictured below at cost price - $120. There are several older, metal posts without stands available as well and these are being offered for free. If you are interested in purchasing a post or taking home one of the older ‘freebies’, please let the front office know.
Thought for the Week:
“If we open ourselves to God’s forgiveness,
we make something strong out of weakness.”
Fr Tony Percy
Day of Many Colours Fundraiser – thank you!
Yesterday, students came to school dressed in the colours of the World Mission Rosary to raise money for Catholic Mission. We raised $494.20 – a terrific effort!
Our fundraising efforts will go to the Nazareth Home for God’s Children, run by Sister Stan, in the Diocese of Yendi in Ghana, which currently cares for 78 boys and girls, providing them with safety, nutritious meals, healthcare and education. If you would like to learn more about the work of Catholic Mission, please go to: https://www.catholicmission.org.au/our-work/see-our-work-in-action/2019-world-mission-month-schools-appeal
Year 4 Grade Mass – thank you!
Today, Year 4 participated in Mass at ACU Chapel. The theme of their Mass focused on Jesus’ teachings about being people of mission and the students prayed for the work of Catholic Mission. Fr Kieran commented on how beautifully prepared the students were. A special thank you to Kath Watson and Rachel McKerrow for all their work behind the scenes.
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Please keep the Year 2 students in your prayers as they prepare to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation on Monday 4 November @ 5:30pm.
Kinder Prayer Celebration
Next Thursday, 7 November @ 10am, Kindergarten will participate in a prayer celebration in the ACU chapel. All welcome!
Peace and best wishes
Religious Education Coordinator
- Year 4 Grade Mass - Thursday 31st October - ACU Chapel 10:00am
- All Saints Day - Friday 1st November
- All Souls Day - Saturday 2nd November
- Sacrament of Reconciliation - Monday 4th November - Holy Rosary Church 5:30pm
- Kinder Prayer Celebration - Thursday 7th November - ACU Chapel 10.00am
- Remembrance Day Ceremony - Monday 11th November - Remembrance Garden 10.30am
- Year 1/2 Prayer Celebration - Thursday 14th November - ACU Chapel 10.00am
- Kindergarten 2020 Orientation Day - Wednesday 20th November - 9.15am - 11.00am
- Year 6 Grade Mass - Thursday 21st November - ACU Chapel 10.00am
- Year 3 Osaka Assembly - Friday 22nd November - Scool Hall 2:30pm
- Swimming Program - Monday 25th November - Friday 6th December
Congratulations to the following students who received a VERITAS award in Week 2 Term 4:
Friday November 1
Rosary has been an active participant in the program for many years. This term we will continue to participate by walking to school together. We will meet at the Watson shops and depart at 8:30am on November 1st. Students, parents, carers and siblings are welcome to join us.
REMEMBRANCE DAY SERVICE
On Monday 11th November (Week 5) at 10:30am, we will come together to remember our Service personnel - both past and present.
The ceremony will take place in our beautiful Remembrance Garden, adjacent to the courts, and will be followed by a light morning tea for staff and members of our community in the staff room.
Any enquiries regarding the service please contact the front office or email Ann-Maree Hinds (firstname.lastname@example.org)
We are very proud to announce that our Rosary Primary School students have won the Chief Ministers Reading Challenge in the three categories we entered- K-2, 3/4 and 5/6. This year's challenge has been particularly demanding as it meant every child had to read 20 or more books from March to September. Our students have logged all their reading and feel very proud of their achievements. Grace Tansley, William Suitor, Charles Peake and Tearia Teaiwa-Mortimer accompanied me to the award's ceremony today. They loved representing their fellow students; bringing the certificates and book prizes back to school!!
There was also another exciting element to the ceremony. We got to talk with Tania McCartney, an author/illustrator who is world famous and lives in Camberra! She showed us her soon to be published new book 'Fauna'. No one else apart from her family and publishers has seen the printed hardcover book- it was a truly 'oh my gosh' moment!!!
Thanks to Sandy Bigna, the last Bookclub issue will be sent out in a couple of weeks. She is more than happy to pack your order for a parent pickup at the office or Library. That way, any Christmas gifts won't be delivered to the classroom for little people to see!!! Mark any of these orders clearly saying 'parent pick-up only'.
Our students had a fabulous time at Boorowa on Friday. They played well and were great ambassadors for Rosary. A big thank you is extended to all the family members who volunteered their time to assist with coaching, managing and refereeing on the day.
Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon
On Monday, two representatives from Weet-Bix TRYathlon spoke to our students about the upcoming kids triathlon and what it takes to be a good sportsperson. They covered topics including perseverance and positive thinking. After the talk, many students were inspired to register for the event in February. If your child is interested they can register here:
The Eagles Under 9’s kicked off the summer 19/20 season last Wednesday with a brilliant defensive display from the whole team. Tries to Thomas Bodganoski, Josh Lopilato, Jenson Hon, Rafe Mooney - great defence and passing from Jake Harmer, Ethan Pyne, William Pochi, Bobby Monahan & Kobi Johnston. Great start to the season. (16-0)
Physical health and mental health go hand in hand, why not start your weekend off with some exercise as a family at our Family Bootcamp?!
Lifeline Canberra has another fundraising event coming up this weekend – our 2019 Bootcamp!
Please see information below – a wonderful way to start the weekend, we would appreciate any support from your local school community.
Please CLICK HERE to register
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