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Dear Parents and Friends,
School will recommence on Monday next week for all students except those in special circumstances. Please contact me as a matter of urgency if there are special circumstances surrounding your child and he/she will not be returning to school as yet. Thank you to those parents who have already been in contact with me.
Whilst school will resume, not all things will return to ‘normal’. We will continue to practice physical distancing amongst adults – staff and parents alike – and the additional sanitation processes will remain in place. I ask parents to observe the following to maximise the safety and wellbeing of all members of the school community:
- Ensure your child brings a water bottle to school each day to minimise the need to use the bubblers.
- No child is to attend school if they are showing any cold or flu-like symptoms. They must remain at home, and stay away from school until they are no longer showing symptoms or have attended a GP who has instructed that they are fit and safe to return.
- If your child, or family members or other close contacts are tested for COVID-19, your child is not to attend school until the results of those tests are known and are negative. Please advise the school if this situation occurs.
- We are attempting to minimise the number of adults coming onto the premises to reduce the possible risk of COVID-19 transmission. Please use telephone or email as the preferred method of contacting the school or your child’s teacher.
- If you are collecting your child from school during the day, please remain at the front office and we will send for your child to come to you.
- Parents are asked not to stay longer than necessary during drop off and pick up times and ensure physical distancing is maintained between adults. The ‘drop and go’ and ‘pick up and go’ method is the safest and preferred option.
- From 18 May, the students will assemble in their designated, separated areas when the bell sounds at 9am. The teachers will greet the students and take them into class. Parents are asked to say their ‘goodbyes’ outside and not enter the building with the students. Once all students are inside their classrooms, the formal assembly will be conducted over the PA system. If you have children in the junior classes, it is advised that you prepare them for this procedure. I realise that this will be difficult for some students but we will have staff available to help parents and children and to accompany the students into the classroom.
- Please send your child back to school with their physical resource pack and their library resource pack. For grade levels where whiteboards, markers and wiping cloths, readers and Sounds-Write readers were sent home, please also send these back with your child.
After 18 May, if a situation arises where it is deemed unsafe by health authorities for students or staff to be on site, we will return to our comprehensive remote learning program. I again thank you for your ongoing support of our school. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like further clarification on any of these matters.
Further information for parents regarding school resumption and activities:
When students return on Monday, the winter uniform is to be worn. Please refer to the website for the days that your child’s grade wears the sports uniform. This term, the days are the same as they were for Term One.
The uniform hat also needs to be worn. If your child particularly feels the cold, the uniform beanie can be worn this term – plain navy blue acrylic/woollen beanie. If your child is not wearing a uniform hat or beanie, he/she will be directed to play in the shade. All other accessories such as gloves and scarves need to be in school colours and plain – not a mixture of the colours.
ROSACS is open for before and after school care for students with current bookings. If you wish to enrol your child, please go to the YWCA website for enrolment information.
The canteen is open for business as usual from Tuesday to Friday for lunch orders and counter service and the home catering service is also available.
Chess Club, Musicorp, piano tuition, the language and art lessons will resume very soon and these providers will be in touch with parents with the details regarding re-commencement.
Semester One Reports
Semester One Reports will look different this year due to the change in the way teaching and learning has been conducted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our Catholic system has modified the format for the Student Reports from Kindergarten to Year 6 to provide parents with specific information about their child’s achievement and progress which I have detailed below:
- The report covers work completed in both Term 1 and Term 2.
- Student achievement will be reported as an A-E grade for the three main core areas: Religious Education, English and Mathematics.
- Other subjects may receive a grade if the teacher has sufficient evidence of learning. In subjects where a grade is not possible, ‘Not assessed’ will be displayed. This means that, although the learning throughout the semester has been rigorous, it is not possible to make an overall judgement about the student’s achievement in relation to the reporting Outcomes or Achievement Standards against the Grade Descriptors.
- A new section ‘Engagement with Learning’ has been developed to replace the ‘Personal and Social Capabilities’. The new statements are based on the Australian Curriculum: General capabilities, and target four key areas of learning engagement: Thinking, Communication, Responsibility, Collaboration.
- The inclusion of the ‘Engagement with Learning’ statements means that the General Comment section of the report is no longer required; the statements give detailed information on your child’s approach to learning.
The Semester One Student Report will be made available to parents before the end of Term 2. Parent/Teacher Learning Conversations will be offered during the first part of Term 3. Specific dates detailing the availability of the Report and the scheduling of Parent/Teacher Learning Conversations will be notified soon.
This is a reminder to all our parents with siblings who are of school age next year, to lodge enrolment forms at the front office as soon as possible. Numbers need to be known as a matter of urgency for planning purposes. The enrolment period ends next Friday 22nd May.
I extend sincere condolences to Ms Hanratty and Mrs Gordon on the loss of their dearly beloved mother, Maureen Vera Hanratty, who passed away last Sunday. I ask for God’s strength and comfort for the family at this time. May Maureen rest in eternal peace in the loving arms of our dear Lord.
Thought for the week:
“Success is speaking words of praise
In cheering other people’s ways,
In doing just the best you can
With every task and every plan.”
(From A Canopy of Stars by Christopher Gleeson SJ)
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. Enrolment forms can be found online via the school website. At this time, school tours, the Open Day and enrolment interviews have been suspended until further notice.
Vicky van der Sanden
- Remote Learning to continue Week 3 - Monday 11th - Friday 15th May inclusive
- Book Club Issue 3 online orders due - Monday 18th May
- Return to Face to Face Teaching - All Students - Week 4 - Monday 18th May
A few things to remind all families of as we return to our much longed for face to face school routines!
- Scholastic Bookclub is due next Monday, May 18 with all orders being placed online for this term at this stage.
- Please find the Library Days for the term below:
Tuesday- Years 3/4 Casablanca, 3/4 Cairo, 2 Barcelona, 2 Osaka
Wednesday- Years 6 London, 6 Athens, Kinder Paris, Kinder Nagoya, 3/4 Bangkok
Thursday- Years 1 Vienna, 1 Hague, 5 Washington and 5 Panama
- PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE return all overdue Library books from last term. Additionally we really NEED all Library Remote Learning packs that were given to the Kinder to Year 3/4 classes. Our Library pack was contained in a separate plastic sleeve. We will be using all the contents for our continued Library Program this term. Mrs Chilver would also very much appreciate the return of the Indonesian booklets Kinder to Year 5. Thanking you all very much for your cooperation!!
- Please be aware as of next week (week four) we return to our normal teaching days ie Mrs Vincent Monday-Wednesday and Mrs Dawson Thursday.
Happy last days of home learning!! We can't wait to see all our fabulous students again!
As a result of Covid-19, from this term on all Book Club orders will be placed online by parents.
Please find below the link to the Virtual Book Club for Issue 3. The cut off for orders from this issue is May 18th 2020.
When ordering online on LOOP, you will need to look for your childs class and then their name. Should you require assistance with the online ordering process please use the link below to the Book Club ‘Tool Kit’ which includes LOOP instructions for parents.
Book Club orders will still be delivered to the school and sent home with your child if they are at school. Should your child be at home learning remotely, parents will be called to organise collection of their order.
Please note: we still have a few orders at the school from the last Book Club issue. If you have not collected or recieved your order, can you please stop by the front office to collect it (perhaps when you are at the school to collect your resource pack tomorrow).
The Rosary Clothing Pool is open to families to purchase second hand uniform items for $5 per piece. Please note that currently only one family is allowed in the room at any one time and hand sanitisation is required upon entry and exit. A key is available from the front office to access the room during school hours for your convenience.
All new uniform items can be purchased from Personally Yours. They are located at 218 Gladstone St, Fyshwick ACT 2609 and can be contacted on 6280 4166.
The Rosary Community Council Representatives for 2020 are:
|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|
Due to the Covid19 restrictions we were unable to conduct our Open Evening or Try Dara Days for prospective parents and students for Year 7 2021.
Now as some restrictions have been eased, we are in a position to offer a limited number of small group tours.
The tours will be limited to a maximum of 3 people from the one family and 10 people in total in a group. In fairness to students who have missed out on the Try Days and Open Evening we are only making the tours available to prospective students for Year 7, 2021.
Tours for other year groups, 8-12 2021, may be undertaken later in the year. For students in Year 7 2022 and beyond we hope that normal enrolment services, tours and Try Dara days will return to normal from 2021.
For current parents we ask that you do not take advantage of these tours at this time unless you are genuinely unsure of your student attending in 2021. There may be an opportunity for siblings of current students to view the school later in the year.
Tour dates and times available are listed below
Monday May 18 - 11am or 2pm
Tuesday May 12 & 19 - 11am or 4pm
Wednesday May 13 & 20 - 11am, 2pm or 4pm
Thursday May 14 & 21 - 11am or 2pm
Friday May 15 - 11am
Bookings are essential and can be made by emailing email@example.com by phone on 6245 6348.
School’s almost back and Qcity Transit and Transborder are working to keep you safe!
We hope you had a good week at home or at school... Just a quick reminder that we’re still here working to provide essential bus services to our community.
We’re loving all the friendly smiles and appreciation we’ve been getting from our passengers who are still travelling with us daily to get to work, appointments and school.
Our school buses are still operating to our regular timetable, and once your students are back on board we will continue to work to get them to and from school safely and on time. Below is some important information about what steps we are taking to keep our buses clean and COVID-19 free.
We miss you and look forward to seeing you again in the near future. Remember to stay safe and healthy.
COVID-19 bus cleaning
As an essential service, the safety and health of our staff, passengers and the community is our number one priority. In order to keep everyone safe during this time, Qcity Transit and Transborder have put in place a variety of extra safety measures at our depots, offices and onboard our buses.
This includes introducing mandatory temperature taking, conducting regular cleaning and routine sanitising and social distancing practices depot wide.
We are committed to supporting the community during this pandemic.
From all of us at Qcity Transit and Transborder, all the best for Term 2.