- Principals Report Week 5 Term 1
- Religious Education News
- Dates for Your Diary
- Veritas Awards
- BEST Awards
- School Banking Reminder
- School Disco
- School Photo Day - Thursday March 19th
- Enrollment Information - Merici College
- St John Paul College Try High School Days - 18 & 19 March 2020
- Monaro Folk Society Bush Dance - Free Event
- SZapp Download Instructions
Dear Parents and Friends,
My section of the Newsletter this week is mostly about safety in different aspects of school life. Rosary School is part of a system of Catholic schools that work hard to provide the safest possible environment for all our students and staff. The safety and welfare of students remains our absolute top priority. The child safety approaches administered by our dedicated staff assures we are held to the highest professional and regulatory standards. They are embedded in organisational governance, policy, procedures, practice and culture. It is a key responsibility for everyone who works or volunteers in Catholic education.
Our system undertakes training on a regular basis in areas of child protection such as reportable conduct, mandatory reporting, privacy and confidentiality, detecting and responding to trauma, conducting investigations and how to identify signs of harm and facilitate child-friendly ways for children to express their views, participate in decision-making and raise their concerns.
The existence of the Child Safety Advocate role supporting every systemic Catholic school in the Archdiocese, consolidates the commitment to child safety and protection from all sources of abuse. This commitment to child safety in every aspect of school life will continue in 2020.
Car Park Safety
Please be aware that the speed limit in the car park is 5k/ph. If you do not plan to accompany your child into the school quad in the morning, please use the drop off zone. The purpose of the drop off zone is to allow students to alight safely from vehicles directly onto school grounds without having to cross the car park. In the afternoon, the drop off zone is not in use as it impedes pedestrian safety as parents and students make their way to parked vehicles on the asphalt.
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 the supervised space in the morning. Likewise, when parents park in marked bays in the afternoon, students need to be collected from inside the quad and accompanied by an adult to 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. Please take note of the sign which is located on either side of the entry to the courts and which I have copied for you here. There is also a stop sign at the exit gate to remind drivers to stop and look out for persons who may be crossing there.
Please ensure, for your child’s safety, that a bicycle helmet is worn – and buckled up – to and from school if he or she cycles. Please speak to your child about bicycle safety and making sure their bike is in good working order before they start their ride. They may need some instruction to show them what to check and how to perform basic maintenance.
This is just a gentle reminder to parents to be aware of, and to check in with, what your children are doing in the online environment and to have regular conversations with them about safe and respectful use of online technologies. Please be aware that no child under the age of 13 should have a social media account. If you need some support and advice regarding cyber safety, a good place to start is the following government website: www.esafety.gov.au
Please be aware that James Lyra will present an information session for parents on the Sounds-Write Program that has been implemented in the junior classes (K-2) this year on Thursday 12th March from 6-7pm in the school library. This session is especially helpful for parents of students in the lower grades but everyone is most welcome to attend. We hope to see you there.
I hope that everyone will enjoy a wonderful, restful and refreshing long weekend celebrating Canberra Day!
Thought for the week:
“In everything, do to others as you would have them do to you.”
Vicky van der Sanden
The theme for Project Compassion 2020 is ‘Go Further Together.’
‘Go Further Together’ is about how we can only succeed when everyone is looked after. We should work together as one human family so our sisters and brothers around the world don’t have to live in poverty.
By donating to Project Compassion, you will be helping empower our world’s most vulnerable communities to grow stronger and share their strengths with their communities to lift themselves out of poverty.
Taken from: www.caritas.org.au/projectcompassion 5.3.20
Every class has a Project Compassion box for donations.
Please give generously.
Year 1 Prayer Celebration
Year 1 will be participating in a Prayer Celebration at ACU Chapel next Thursday 12 March @ 10am. All welcome!
Peace and best wishes
Religious Education Coordinator
- Year 5 Camp - Wednesday 4th - Friday 6th March
- Gelato Day - Tuesday 10th March
- Year 1 Prayer Celebration - Thursday 12 March - ACU Chapel 10.00am
- Year 5 Washington Assembly - Friday 13th March - School Hall 2.30pm
- School Photos - Thursday 19th March - Full School Uniform to be worn (Not Sport)
- Year 3/4 Grade Mass - Thursday 26th March - ACU Chapel 10.00am
- School Disco - Friday 27th March - School Hall (5.45-7.00pm Kinder-Y3 session, 7.00-7.30pm dinner session, 7.30-8.45pm Y3-Y6 session)
- Year 5 Grade Mass - Thursday 2nd April - ACU Chapel 10.00am
- Year 2 Barcelona Assembly - Friday 3rd April - School Hall 2.30pm
Congratulations to the following students who receivced a BEST Award this week:
Alessandro Di Zillo
School Photo envelopes were sent home this week. If your child did not recieve their photo envelope you can collect one from the front office. Envelopes, including payment, are to be returned to the school prior to photo day.
Sibling photo envelopes are available from the front office should you wish to have your children photographed together.
Children are asked to wear their full school uniform (not sport uniform) on photo day.
If your child will be absent on the day, a make up day will be held later in the term. Details will be provided once a date has been set.
A wonderful opportunity for prospective families to see the College in action, meet our
students and attend the Principal’s Address, Year 7 and 11 Information Evenings and lots more.
We are enrolling now for 2021 and beyond!
Please visit www.merici.college for all dates and information for our Open Day, Be a Merici Girl Days and Talk and Tours. Register online now!
Open Day and Year 7 2021 Information Night: 7 May
Be a Merici Girl Days: 30 Apr, 4, 5, 12 May
Talk and Tours: 22 Feb, 4 Apr, 9 May, 15 Aug, 24 Oct