Dear Parents and Friends,
On Saturday 16 November, a number of our students will be singing as part of a Rosary School Choir at the Holy Cross Fete – just across the road from us. I encourage families to attend if possible. We enjoy a wonderful and close relationship with Holy Cross Church and thank Pastor Tim Watson and his wife Catherine, who are parents in our community, for their kind invitation to be part of the festivities.
Assessment / Reports
Teachers are beginning the process of report writing by finalising and moderating pieces of assessment. It is important that children are at school and on time in the mornings to complete tasks, especially during this period. Following receipt of the school report, parents can make an appointment to see the class teacher if desired. Parent/Teacher interviews are not compulsory at the end of the school year.
Kindergarten Orientation Day
The Orientation Day for students coming to Kindergarten in 2020 will be held next Wednesday 20th November from 9.15 to 11.00am. The pre-schoolers will spend time in the classrooms and be introduced to the environment and some routines of ‘big school’. Their parents will meet in the library for an information session and a morning tea. Coming to primary school is a really important event in the lives of the children and their parents and we are looking forward to making families feel very welcome at Rosary. If you are a parent of a child currently enrolled in Kindergarten and you have the time to spare, we would love to have your company. It’s always nice for the incoming families to meet existing ones and to hear ‘how it all works’ from other parents. I look forward to welcoming everyone at this special event next week.
Total School Fees including School-based Levies 2020
A couple of weeks ago I advised that the tuition fees for 2020 will be as follows and that the school-based levies would increase by 3%. To be clear about the increase to school-based levies, I have included the following table:
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
ROSARY SCHOOL RESOURCE FEE: (covers the operating costs which include utilities, cleaning, telephone and loan repayment etc.)
In 2020 this levy will be $344.50 per student per term.
ROSARY SCHOOL STUDENT RESOURCE FEE: (covers the costs associated with student learning including books, class materials, excursions and incursions etc. and which covers most of the materials students need for their learning and work at school.)
In 2020 this levy will be $126.00 per student per term.
The preferred method for the payment of school fees is by fortnightly direct debit. Cash, cheque, BPay or credit card may also be used to pay fees. If you are having any difficulty paying school fees, please make an appointment to see me. All matters will be handled in complete confidentiality. Please note that it is not our policy to exclude children whose parents have genuine difficulty meeting costs.
2020 Start of School Date
The 2020 school year will begin on Monday 3rd February for all students, Kindergarten to Year 6. The school day will start at 9.00am for students in Years 1 to 6. Kindergarten students will start at 9.30am. The day will end at 3.00pm for students who catch a bus to rural destinations and at 3.10pm for all others. Kindergarten students will have a rest day at home for the first 3 Wednesdays of the term before starting full weeks at school in Week 4 (starting Monday 24th February).
Remembrance Day Ceremony
The Remembrance Day Ceremony which took place on Monday at the Lone Pine Memorial Garden was a very moving occasion. I especially thank our special guests, Captain Charles Stephenson and Fr Kieran for their involvement in the ceremony. Thanks also to our other guests from the school and parish community who joined us on this occasion. Special thanks to Mrs Hinds and her Yr 5 class for organising and leading the event and to Mrs Vincent for supporting them. Thanks to Miss McKerrow and the choir for their singing accompaniment and to Mr Graham Hannaford and Ms Farzano for contributing their musical talents in respectively playing the bagpipes and the bugle. Thanks must also go to Mr Ederle for tending carefully to the garden and preparing the space for the ceremony. Thanks to the teachers and classes who made beautiful wreaths to lay at the foot of the Lone Pine. The day marked 101 years since the end of the First World War and provided an opportunity for us to remember and honour those who served to maintain our freedom. It also provided an opportunity for us to pray for continuing peace in our world.
Camp Quality Puppet Show
The Camp Quality Puppet Show took place yesterday. The purpose of the puppet show was to teach students about cancer; to learn that it is not contagious and to learn about how people with cancer might look and feel and how best to support them through their illness. The students received the messages with open minds and hearts and our hope is that they will continue to grow in compassion for those who suffer from this terrible affliction and understand how they can be of assistance.
Thought for the Week:
“The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face towards you and give you peace.”
(Numbers 6: 25-26)
Classes for 2020
The process of allocating children to classes for 2020 has started. 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 a total of 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.
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.
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.
Year 1/2Prayer celebration – thank you!
Year 1/2 participated in their Prayer celebration today. They all participated and sang beautifully! Thank you to Elisa Pavlic, Sharon Stiffle and Diandra Blom for their wonderful preparation. Thank you also to Fr Kieran and to all the family members who were able to attend.
Year 6 Grade Mass
The Year 6 Mass is on next Thursday 21 November @ 10am, ACU Chapel. All welcome!
St Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal
Our local Conference is hoping that we can assist in the creation of about 30 food hampers to help families in need in our area. To prevent collecting too much, or not enough, of certain items, we are trialling allocating specific items to each grade. These items will be collected in class and then sent to the parish for sorting and distribution. Please see the following flyer!
ROSARY COMMUNITY FAMILY MASS
All Rosary families are invited to attend the Rosary Community Family Mass next Sunday!
When: Sunday 24 November @ 10am
Where: Holy Rosary Church
Who: All welcome!
The parish provide a free sausage sizzle and treats after Mass especially for us. This is always popular with the children and provides a great opportunity for families to have a chat.
Come along and be part of your parish community!
Peace and best wishes
Religious Education Coordinator
- 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 - School Hall 2:30pm
- Swimming Program - Monday 25th November - Friday 6th December
- End of Year Mass - Tuesday 17th December - Holy Rosary
- Year 6 Graduation Dinner - Tuesday 17th December
- Final Assembly - Thursday 19th December - School Hall 2:30pm
- Term 4 ends - Thursday 19th December
Congratulations to the following students who received a VERITAS award in Week 4 Term 4:
We would like to remind all families that we are gearing up for our end of year Stocktake in Weeks 9 and 10. This is a gentle reminder that borrowing will cease at the end of this week, and we require all books to be returned as soon as possible to allow for Stocktake to run smoothly. If there are any parents who could assist us in the preparation of Stocktake i.e shelf-reading (putting non-fiction books in order), that would be greatly appreciated. It is a time consuming job but any spare time you have in the coming weeks would be greatly appreciated. Additionally, we currently have six bags of books to be covered. If you are available to cover books before the end of term or, alternatively, are able to cover over the holidays, we would love your assistance. Thanking you in advance!
Sandy Vincent and Jodie Dawson
The Community Council Executive is seeking new Parent Representatives as a few members are coming to the end of their two-year term. Roles are decided internally once all members are in office. The Council urges parents to seriously consider being part of the Executive. Nominations, of self or of others, can be lodged via the Community Council email account: email@example.com
Should the Council be overwhelmed with nominations, a formal election of candidates will need to be held.
Isobel Olivier 6 Cairo
It was a mainly wet, windy and cold Australian Show Jumping Championships held down at Boneo Park Victoria. After four days of competition, Izzy and Solo qualified for Sunday’s final where they placed 13th overall in the Ivory height series.
School families are invited to bring a picnic dinner and join in the 75th Canberra Carols by Candlelight, to be held at Stage 88, Commonwealth Park, on Saturday, December 14 from 7pm.
Organised by the Woden Valley Youth Choir, this event is the second longest-running city community carols in Australia (Melbourne is the longest).
Come and join us for a night of song and celebration. It's a great way to begin the Christmas season.
We'll also be collecting donations for this year's charity.
Find us on Facebook ("75th Carols by Candlelight") for more details.