- Principals Report Week 4 Term 2
- Religious Education News
- Dates for Your Diary
- Library News
- Rosary Community Council 2020
- Clothing Pool Open during School Hours
- Important Message for Parents from ACT Health
- St Clare's Enrolment Period Ending
- St Joseph's Early Learning Centre - Enrolling Now
- Canberra Preschoolers Health and Nutrition Survey
- Qcity Transit Newsletter - May 2020
- Parentline ACT Telephone and Skype/Zoom Counselling Services
- Coughing and Sneezing Etiquette Poster
- Hand Washing Poster
- SZapp Download Instructions
Dear Parents and Friends,
I was delighted to hear the happy sounds of children’s voices in the school quadrangle on Monday morning. I may be showing my age but I was immediately reminded of the Cat Stevens’ song Remember the Days of the Old School Yard! The first verse is as follows:
Remember the days of the old schoolyard
We used to laugh a lot, oh don't you
Remember the days of the old schoolyard
When we had imaginings and we had
All kinds of things and we laughed
And needed love...yes, I do
Oh and I remember you.
These words ring so true! The classes all started the first day of our return to school with very social and reflective activities so that the children could re-connect with one another and with their teachers and celebrate the successes of remote learning and the joy of being back together. Every member of staff was so excited to see all the children return to school and the children certainly showed their appreciation at being back. Thank you again to all parents for the wonderful work you did in helping your children through the remote learning program – academically, emotionally and spiritually. We hope that you too are enjoying the return to relative normality.
Entrustment of Australia to Our Lady Help of Christians
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect Australians’ lives, including their worship, the Australian Catholic Bishops have entrusted the country to the care of Mary Help of Christians on her feast day. The motion was agreed to during the bishops' plenary last week and reads: “That the Australian Bishops entrust Australia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary under the title Our Lady Help of Christians, seeking her intercession for the safety of all our people especially in this time of COVID-19 pandemic.” Mary Help of Christians has been the official patroness of Australia since 1844. Her feast day is celebrated on May 24, which this year coincides with the Feast of the Ascension. The entrustment of Australia to Mary Help of Christians can therefore take place on 24 or 25 May. The Prayer of Entrustment can be accessed at the following address: https://ncec.schoolzineplus.com/_file/media/141/entrustment_prayer_card.pdf
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 official enrolment period ends tomorrow. However, we will continue to accept enrolment applications after this date.
Toys at school: We ask that children leave their toys at home and only play with equipment provided by the school; with the exception of hand balls that are labelled with a name. This is to ensure that ‘personal treasures’ do not become lost or damaged at school. It is also to keep everyone safe as some toys are not ‘playground friendly’.
Long hair: If a child’s hair is long enough to touch the shoulders, it needs to be tied back. This is to prevent the spread of head lice and to keep hair out of eyes as well as to ensure a neat and tidy appearance.
Hats: Please note that it is not yet time for ‘hats off’. Children still need to be wearing a uniform hat until the end of May. If it is particularly cold, the children may wear a beanie. However, the only beanie that is acceptable is the uniform one or a plain woollen or acrylic beanie in navy blue.
Allergies to Nuts
Please remember not to send nuts or products containing nuts to school. Several children are severely allergic to nuts and your cooperation in reducing risks to their health is greatly appreciated.
Please note that supervision of students at school commences at 8.30am and finishes at 3.30pm. No child should be on the premises before supervision begins in the morning. Please make private arrangements for the care of your child if your circumstances make this difficult or enrol your child in ROSACS before school care. In the afternoon, if we are notified that a parent will be inadvertently delayed, of course, children will be supervised until the parent takes over their care.
Arriving safely at school
If your child rides or walks to school alone, or catches a bus for the first time, and you are concerned about whether they have arrived safely at school, we are more than happy for your child to come to the front office to phone and speak with you once they have arrived. Of course, should you not hear from your child, please call us!
Thought for the week:
“Write your troubles in the sand. Carve your blessings in stone.”
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 and the Open Day have been suspended until further notice. Enrolment interviews will commence from Tuesday 2 June.
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.
Vicky van der Sanden
Ascension of the Lord - Year A - Sunday 24 May 2020
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.”https://litedliturgybrisbane.weebly.com/family-prayer-week-by-week.html/
Religious Education Coordinator
Due to the current health pandemic restrictions, the online calendar for Term 2 has no events listed. We are hoping that as restrictions ease events will begin to resume and the calendar will be updated to reflect this. Dates for upcoming events will also be advertised in this space in the newsletter.
- Reconciliation Day Public Holiday - Monday 1st June
- Queens Birthday Public Holiday - Monday 8th June
Welcome back to our wonderful Rosary families! You have all been greatly missed. We have so enjoyed engaging with our students again!!!
Thank you so very much for returning our remote learning Library packs. We are definitely using them for the remainder of the term.
Just in case you are wondering, Mrs Dawson and I are quarantining all returned book loans for a minimum of 72 hours before any student touches them. These guidelines are advised by Catholic Education as best practice.
Thank you also to the army of Mums who have been covering new books. There is so much excitement when the children come in and see so many new books to devour!
Sandy and Jodie
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|
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.
A video resource for parents from the ACT Chief Health Officer, Dr Kerryn Coleman, and Deputy Health Officer, Dr Vanessa Johnston has been produced to assist with information for parents and carers about safety and returning to school. Please click on the link to view this important safety message: Safety and Return to School (Parents)
School’s back and Qcity Transit and Transborder are working to keep you safe!
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.
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.