- Principals Report Week 6 Term 1
- Religious Education News
- Dates for Your Diary
- Veritas Awards
- School Photo Day - Thursday March 19th
- School Disco
- Hand Washing Poster
- Coughing and Sneezing Etiquette Poster
- Matt Giteau Cup
- Oztag Results
- Rosary Netball
- Rosary Netball Club Training - Carpark Reminder
- St John Paul College Try High School Days - 18 & 19 March 2020
- Enrollment Information - Merici College
- SZapp Download Instructions
Dear Parents and Friends,
This week is Wellbeing Week at school. During this week, we focus on physical and mental good health practices. Students are not given homework tasks and it is a meeting-free week for staff. Staff members were also treated to a special lunch today. Wellbeing week is a good time to focus on family time and self-care and to spend some time enjoying the wonderful natural world that God created for us.
Hygienic Practices and Sickness
Given the current status of the Coronavirus across the world, the school is being hypervigilant in terms of sending students home should they present with any cold and flu-like symptoms.
If your child is not well in the morning, please do not send them to school. We are also regularly reminding the students about good hygienic practices, especially thorough hand washing with soap and coughing/sneezing etiquette to help prevent the spread of germs. I ask parents to reinforce these messages at home and to spend time practising thorough hand washing with soap for at least 20 seconds each time and practising how to cough/sneeze to minimise the spread of germs as per the two attached posters.
Please also speak with your child about how to use the toilet properly and to flush, wash hands well, dry hands and then leave the space. Your assistance will be greatly appreciated.
Please remember 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) tonight 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. If you require child-minding, some teachers will be supervising students in the Kindergarten classrooms. We hope to see you there!
School Photo Day
The school photographer will be here on Thursday 19th March. Please ensure that your child is dressed in the full regular uniform and not the sports uniform on that day. Parents should have received an envelope regarding photo selections and payment by now but if by chance you did not receive one, please contact the front office.
Harmony Day and Ride/Walk to School Day
Next Friday, 20th March, we will be celebrating Harmony Day at school to celebrate Australia’s cultural diversity. Harmony Week is about inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone. It’s a time to reflect on the importance of respecting each other and our differences. Our shared Australian values of respect, equality and freedom go beyond our different cultures, and are what make Australia such a great place to live. Of course, the message of respect and belonging can be lived by each of us, every day, not just during Harmony Week.
Students may wear an orange coloured item of clothing to school – not the whole outfit but a T-shirt, shorts or accessory to share the message that ‘everyone belongs’.
Parents are invited to a ‘catch up with a cuppa and croissant’ between 8.30 and 9.00am outside the Peace Gates. Please be aware that this is an event for parents and carers only – students need to stay inside the quad where they are supervised by a teacher on duty.
It is also Ride or Walk to School Day next Friday. Students may walk, cycle or scoot to school together after meeting supervising teachers at the Watson Shops at 8.30am. Parents are most welcome to accompany the students and teachers.
Gelato Day Thank You
Thank you to Mellita Bingley and her wonderful team of helpers for organising Gelato Day this year. It was a huge success and there were lots of ice-cream smiles on the day.
Morning and Afternoon Supervision
Please remember that, for safety reasons, no child should be on the premises before 8.30am at which time supervision commences. If you start work extra early, please arrange to have your child enrolled in the ROSACS before school service or supervised by a family member, friend or neighbour until the start of the school day.
At the end of the school day, a teacher is on duty until 3.30pm in the quad. After this time, any students who have not been collected wait in the front office area but no formal supervision is provided. Please be prompt in picking up your child at the end of the day as teachers often have after school meetings and other work-related commitments to attend.
Sports Equipment from Home
Please ensure that your child does not bring his/her own sports equipment to school – with the exception of the little rubber bouncing balls and tennis balls that are used for playing handball before school. Please ensure these are labelled with your child’s name. The school has a generous supply of sports equipment for the children to use during the breaks. When children bring their own things, it creates problems on the playground with regard to issues of property going missing or being damaged and of ownership/power e.g. ‘I own the basketball, therefore I’m the boss of the game’.
Catholic Schools Enrolment Period For All Catholic Schools
The Catholic Schools Enrolment Period is from Monday 4 May – Friday 22 May (Weeks 2 – 4 inclusive, Term 2) for students commencing in 2021. If you know of anyone outside of our school community who has a child at a Pre-school or Early Learning Centre, please notify them of the opportunity to enrol at Rosary Primary School during the above period.
St Patrick’s Day
St Patrick is honoured with a Feast Day on 17th March – next Tuesday. Patrick was born in England and was kidnapped by Irish pirates at the age of sixteen. He was brought to Ireland where he was held captive for six years. In his Confession, Patrick writes that the time he spent in captivity was critical to his spiritual development. During this period, Patrick worked as a shepherd and strengthened his relationship with God through prayer eventually leading him to convert to Christianity. St Patrick is credited with teaching about the Trinity using a clover leaf, a shamrock, to illustrate three persons in one God. St Patrick’s Breastplate is known throughout the Christian world:
Christ be with me, Christ within me
Christ behind me, Christ before me
Christ beside me, Christ to win me
Christ to comfort me and restore me.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger
Christ in hearts of all that love me
Christ in mouth of friend or stranger.
Vicky van der Sanden
Year 1 Prayer Celebration - thank you!
Year 1 participated beautifully in a Prayer Celebration at ACU Chapel today. Thank you to Diandra Blom, Donna Gordon and Beverley Clarke for all their preparation. Welcome and thank you to Fr Mannes for leading us in prayer. A special thank you to all the family members who were able to attend.
Year 3/4 Mass
Year 3/4 will participate in Mass at ACU Chapel on Thursday 26 March @ 10am. All welcome!
Every class has a Project Compassion box for donations.
Please give generously.
Peace and best wishes
Religious Education Coordinator
- 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
School Photo envelopes were sent home last 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.
The Rosary Year 5/6 rugby team played in the Matt Giteau Cup, which is a school based rugby tournament, on Tuesday 10 March. The boys performed admirably both on and off the field. The results, (1 win, 3 losses) on the day don’t really speak to how the boys performed over the day. There was constant improvement through the day which culminated in a win in the last game. The highlights of the day were:
- The overall performances of all the players against generally older and more experienced children
- The introduction to Rosary Rugby of several new students; some trying rugby for the first time.
- The behaviour of the players both on and off the field where they had fun but were respectful and courteous.
Thanks to Miss McKerrow and the parents who assisted over the day.
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