- Principals Report Week 2 Term 1
- Religious Education News
- Parish News - Farewell Events for Father Kieran / Bushfire Fundraiser
- Dates for Your Diary
- Veritas Awards
- 2020 Student Residential Address and Other Information collection notice
- Community Council Noticeboard
- Rosary Community Council Chair Contact Details
- Library News
- Chess News
- Parent Questionaire 2020
- French/Italian/Mandarin @ Rosary
- Dancecore @ Rosary
- Transport Canberra Back to School Travel Advice
- SZapp Download Instructions
Dear Parents and Friends,
The Opening School Mass, which took place last Friday, celebrated a wonderful start to the school year. The students sang beautifully and participated with great reverence. Thank you to the many parents and other family members who came along to celebrate this special Mass with us and thank you to Father Kieran and Father Mannes for welcoming and blessing us all.
Parent Information Night and Welcome BBQ
Thank you to all the parents who came along on Tuesday evening to hear all about what the children will be learning this year in the various classes. If you were not able to be present to see the Term Overview, it can be accessed on the school website. I take this opportunity to thank the teachers for the hard work they have already put in to preparing for the year’s learning and for their enthusiasm for teaching and commitment to the profession. From all accounts, it has been a very smooth and happy start to the year for the students, staff and families.
Special thanks to Libby Reardon and the team of Year 6 parents and helpers as well as the Community Council for hosting the Welcome BBQ. It was wonderful to see so many people enjoying the mild evening weather. The occasion had a relaxed and happy feel to it.
Medication at School
Should your child require medication to be administered during the day, a written note with instructions for dispensing must accompany the medication and these must be taken to the front office. The central storage area for medications is in the sick bay where there is a fridge and a medicine dispensing register that must be filled out by the appropriate staff member whenever medication is administered. The only medication that may be kept with the child is an asthma inhaler.
Allergies and Anaphylaxis
As there are children enrolled at Rosary who have allergies to a variety of substances, we ask that children do not share food or buy food for one another at school. We appreciate your support in especially avoiding sending any foods that contain nuts. A few children may experience very serious and even life threatening symptoms if exposed to certain foods.
Car Park Safety
Please be aware that the speed limit in the car park is 5k/ph. Students who leave vehicles which are parked in marked bays need to be accompanied across the car park by an adult to enter through the gates to be supervised in the quad in the morning. Likewise, students need to be collected by an adult from inside the quad and then supervised all the way to parked vehicles at dismissal time in the afternoon.
I ask that drivers also resist the temptation to park alongside the kerb in front of the gates on the basketball court as this is a drop off zone only in the morning. Parking is not permitted along this kerb in the afternoon unless there is a medical reason or there is a baby asleep in the vehicle.
I ask all drivers to be mindful of the car park rules and to adhere to them on every occasion for the safety of the children and all others in our community.
Keeping safe online is a very important and highly relevant topic for all of us in the digitally connected world in which we now live. At Rosary, the teachers are always looking for ways to instruct students about cybersafety and there are many worthwhile digital resources available to them. The ones we have used at Rosary include ‘thinkuknow’ and the Alannah and Madeline Foundation’s digital licence. We have also had the AFP come in and address the students. We will be hosting the AFP session again this year. Year 5 will be completing digital licensing as part of their homework so that parents can be involved. Each Yr 5 cohort completes this on entry to the ipad program. At the beginning of each year, students sign an acceptable use agreement for ICT which is discussed with their parents and discussed in class. Students are trained to shut down their screens and report anything that may appear that makes them feel uncomfortable or that they know to be inappropriate. Our internet is filtered by the Catholic Education Office which provides an added level of security for students using technology at school.
Year 5 and 6 Camps
Our Year 5 and 6 students are getting very excited about their upcoming camps. They will enjoy a few days of fun and exciting challenges as part of this leadership development experience. Yr 6 students will be attending Camp at Berry from 19th to 21st February and the Year 5 students will be attending Camp at Jindabyne from 4th to 6th March. The Year 6 class teachers, Mrs Hanratty and I will accompany the Yr 6 students on their Camp. The Year 5 teachers will accompany the students on the Yr 5 Camp. An additional staff member will also attend – yet to be decided. I take this opportunity to wish all the campers a happy, safe and enjoyable time. I am sure the teachers will have a wonderful time getting to know the students better in a completely different environment. I am certainly looking forward to the opportunity to learn a little bit more about each child and to participating in some special, adventurous activities. During my absence, Mr O’Brien will be leading the school with the support of Mrs Higgins and Mrs Godfrey. I’m confident that all who remain at school will also enjoy a wonderful few days in their very capable hands.
Believe Explore Strive Triumph (BEST)
Tomorrow, the students will gather in ‘vertical groups’ (mixed ages across the school) in various classrooms to complete special activities related to our first element of our school-wide Vision for Teaching and Learning – ‘Believe’. BEST stands for: Believe, Explore, Strive, Triumph. At the beginning of each term, we explore the respective element to help embed it into the culture of the school, refresh the Vision and keep it uppermost in our minds as we work towards doing our BEST together as a community of learners.
Congratulations to the Thompson family on the birth of a little sister for Rafael. Rafael is very excited about being a big brother to little Noél and we wish the family every blessing as she is welcomed home by her parents, Troy and Rachel, and their three other little ones. May the Lord send abundant blessings upon them.
With every best wish for a lovely St Valentine’s Day tomorrow,
Vicky van der Sanden
All you need is love.
But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt.
Charles M. Schulz
At Rosary, students receive the Sacraments in the following grades:
Year 2 Reconciliation
Year 3 Eucharist
Year 6 Confirmation
As part of the preparation for any Sacrament, the candidate and his/her parent/s are expected to attend all sessions. Please prioritise the following dates on your calendar.
30 April 5:30pm
23 July 5:30pm
10 September 5:30pm
3 May 10am (correct date)
20 September 10am
27 June 5pm or 28 June 10am
18 September 6pm
9 November 5:30pm
If any students (Baptised Catholic) have come to Rosary in the higher grades not receiving these Sacraments, and wish to do so, please let me know.
Opening School Mass – thank you!
Thank you to all families who attended the Opening School Mass. It is always a beautiful way to come together as a community to pray and it was lovely to see you there.
Rosary Community Family Masses
Rosary Community Family Masses aim to promote a sense of belonging within our parish community. There are four Rosary Community Family Masses throughout the year. On each of these Sundays, the parish will organise a free sausage sizzle after Mass, especially for us. This is always popular with the children and provides a great opportunity for families to catch up. It would be lovely to see as many people as possible being active in our faith and participating in community building opportunities.
Sunday 23 February
Fr Kieran’s Farewell Mass
Holy Rosary Church
Sunday 7 June
Sunday 23 August
Sunday 29 November
Peace and best wishes
Religious Education Co-ordinator
- Kinder Rest Day - Wednesday 19th February
- Year 6 Camp - Berry Sport and Recreation Centre - Wednesday 19th - Friday 21st February
- Rosary Community Family Mass - Holy Rosary Church - Sunday 23rd February - 10.00am
- Swimming Carnival (Years 2-6) - Dickson Pool - Monday 24th February
- Gelato Day - Tuesday 25th February - Year 1 Parents to Organise
- Ash Wednesday Mass - Wednesday 26th February - Holy Rosary Church 10.00am
- Rosary Rugby Come and Try Session - Rosary Oval - Wednesday 26th February - 3.15pm
- Year 6 Grade Mass - Thursday 27th February - ACU Chapel 10.00am
The first meeting of the Community Council Executive took place last night. Office Bearers were elected at this meeting and are as follows:
|Council Chair :||Jackie Brady|
|Deputy Chair :||Libby Reardon|
|Treasurer :||May Kain|
|Secretary :||Elaina Lobendahn|
|Parent Representative :||Lucy Steen|
|Parent Representative :||Kate Roggeveen|
|Parent Representative :||Raphaela Higginbotham|
|Parent Representative :||Rachael Moore|
|Staff Representative :||Rachel McKerrow|
|Ex Officio :||Parish Priest|
|Executive Officer :||Principal/Assistant Principal|
The Council takes this opportunity to welcome the new members and thank the outgoing members for their hard work and dedication to the Rosary School community in their respective roles: Matt Kelly - Chair, Jasmin Moktan – Parent Representative, and Sandra Flynn – earlier Treasurer.
Please be aware that the Community Council can be contacted via a direct email address:
French on Mondays; 10th Feb to 6th Apr $144.00 for 8 lessons
Mandarin on Tuesdays; 11th Feb to 7th Apr $162.00 for 9 lessons
Italian on Fridays; 14th Feb to 3rd Apr $144.00 for 8 lessons
Time: 3.10 to 4.25 p.m.
Dancecore is Canberra's only mobile dance service providing creative, fun and energetic dance programs, teachers and classes. Offering Street Funk, Hip Hop and Breakdancing, students will be learning the latest dance moves to funky music at school, and will get the opportunity to learn dance and performance techniques. There will also be performance opportunities for students to show off the skills they have learnt throughout the term.
When: Monday Lunchtimes
Where : School Hall
Who: Kindergarten - Year 6
Cost: $80 for an 8 week program
Notes and registration forms complete with payment can be returned to the front office.
Dancecore is proudly brought to you by PLAY the Dance Agency.