- Principals Report Week 10 Term 2
- Dates for Your Diary
- Religious Education News
- Veritas Awards
- BEST Awards
- Rostrum School Final
- Library News
- Rosary Chess Club
- Rosary Community Council 2020
- Rosary Netball Newsletter
- Updated Public Transport Timetables from 18 July 2020
- Rosary Transport Routes
- School Banking Resumes Term 3
- Census Privacy Notice 2020
- Clothing Pool Open during School Hours
- Holiday Happenings Digital Booklet
- artKids at Rosary Term 3 and School Holiday Program
- Taste of Languages Competition
- Hand Washing Poster
- Coughing and Sneezing Etiquette Poster
- SZapp Download Instructions
Dear Parents and Friends,
We are now half-way through the school year! I thank all the staff for their dedication to the children and the commitment they show each day to educating the children, not only in academic subjects but in the Faith. I thank the students for working hard and doing their best throughout what has been a most unusual semester and I thank all our parents for the great support provided to the school and to the students; especially during the time of remote learning. I hope that everyone will enjoy some special experiences over the holidays now that we can travel and visit friends and family in accordance with the current stage of eased restrictions. Everyone is very deserving of a good holiday!
Parent/Teacher Learning Conversations
We have been given approval by Catholic Education to conduct face-to-face Parent/Teacher Learning Conversations next term. These will be held in the junior classrooms on Monday and Tuesday of Week 2 in Term 3 (27 and 28 July). All afternoon sessions will be held in the junior wing of the school whilst any morning sessions will be held in individual classrooms. As we are still being mindful of physical distancing amongst adults and limiting the number of adults in the school at one time, there will be two teachers located in each classroom during the afternoon sessions and parents are asked to arrive just in time for their Learning Conversation and to leave again as soon as the meeting has concluded. If parents need to wait between meetings, it is requested that they do so by spreading out along the corridor space. An email will be sent to parents at the end of this week, detailing how to log into the online booking system. If you do not have internet access, an appointment can be made through the front office.
Alicia Payne MP, the Labor Federal member for Canberra, visited Rosary to take a tour of the school and have lunch with staff on Wednesday 1 July. Alicia was keen to understand the issues that face our schools and thoroughly enjoyed her visit. She found our school to be a wonderful community of friendly and polite students and collegial staff. Alicia gifted us with some new flags (and a delicious cake to share after our lunch) and offered her ongoing support to the school.
Painting in the school holidays
Several areas of the school have been approved by CE to be painted during the July school holidays. Some repainting was completed last year and this year’s work will mean that the school will have been completely refreshed with a new coat of paint. The money that is donated through the Catholic Schools Building Fund makes it possible to complete this type of maintenance work throughout our Catholic Schools.
This is just a gentle reminder, given the approaching holiday period, to take the time to talk with your child about his/her role in helping to keep safe at all times. Please discuss the importance of knowing where your child is at all times and discuss strategies for dealing with an approach by a ‘stranger’ and how the attention and help of the public can be gained in a situation where he/she might feel unsafe. A good rule of thumb is: It’s OK to talk to a stranger in the presence of mum/dad/carer but not if one of these is not present. Please also reiterate that nothing is ever too awful to discuss with an adult who loves and cares for the child; that it is important to let the adult know any information and how they are feeling so that the adult can help to keep the child safe.
Many thanks are extended to Lauren Sullivan, Capital Chemist Dickson, for the donation of a box of hand sanitiser. This is a much-needed item at the moment and the school goes through stocks very quickly. This gift is very much appreciated - thank you.
I wish everyone a happy and safe holiday break and look forward to seeing the children again when school resumes on July 20 for the start of Term Three.
Vicky van der Sanden
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.
It’s silence when your speech would hurt,
Politeness when your neighbour’s curt.
It’s deafness when the scandal flows,
And sympathy with others’ woes.
It’s loyalty when duty calls.
It’s courage when disaster falls.
It’s found in laughter and in song
It’s in the silent time of prayer
In happiness and in despair.
In all of life and nothing less
We find the thing we call success.
End of Semester Reports
All Semester One Reports will be mailed out to parents this semester. Please be aware that we will not be providing the reports for collection from the front office. I ask you to check to ensure that the school has your correct mailing address. Should you not receive the Report in the mail during the July holiday break, please let the front office know so that a copy can be provided to you.
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.
- Semester One Reports to be Posted - Thursday 2nd July (Please note the change of date and arrangement from the printed school calendar)
- Term 2 Ends - Friday 3rd July
- Term 3 Begins - Monday 20th July
- Parent Teacher Learning Conversations - Monday and Tuesday of Week 2 in Term 3 (27 and 28 July)
14th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Year A - 5 July 2020
“I am gentle and humble of heart.”
Click on the link below to go the readings and activities for this Sunday.
Religious Education Coordinator
Congratulations to the following students who recieved a Veritas Award:
Congratulations to the following students who have recieved a BEST Award last week:
Congratulations to the following students who represented their grade level in the Rostrum School Final; Isabella Willshire, Catherine Brooker, Essie Brady, Jaime Box (absent), Seraphine Parker and Andie Roggeveen.
Essie Brady presented an entertaining and informative speech on DIY and was chosen as the overall winner for the Rostrum School Final. Isabella Willshire placed runner up for her informative speech on the topic of Just Be Patient.
A further congratulations goes to Sophie Hannaford and Kiersten Bolanos who presented commendable speeches for Year 3.
Rosary Primary School
We received an exciting email last week congratulating our School Library on the promotion of the SORA eBook reading in our school. During March and April, at the height of the COVID-19 virus restrictions and remote learning, we saw a 40% jump in eBook and audiobook checkouts by students in our Archdiocese! In the March, April and May data, we came third behind two Catholic Primary Schools with double the students we have at Rosary! We are very proud of the eBook use with our Year Five and Six students. As a reminder, though, Years Three and Four students may also want to 'tap into this valuable' and 'free' platform. There is a detailed PowerPoint to view on the Library Google Classroom if you haven't already availed yourself of this platform.
SORA eBooks are available for use 24/7 and it would be fantastic to see an even greater number of checkouts, especially during the coming end of Term II school holidays.
Encouraging reading eBooks is a way of using the appeal that technology has for students to lead to an improvement of literacy skills.
Have a wonderful mid-year break and stay warm and healthy!!
Sandy and Jodie
Rosary Chess Club will resume on the Tuesday of Week One. We have vacancies for any family considering this tutoring program for their child/ren. We run the program weeks 1-9 in the school Library from 3.10-4.30pm with accredited Chess coaches and fully supervised by Mrs Dawson or myself. Cost is $100 for the term. Please contact the school for further details.
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|
From Saturday 18 July 2020, Transport Canberra will be updating timetables for bus services.
These changes will help make public transport in Canberra easier to use by providing more services and increased frequency, to ensure that people have greater opportunity to spread out their travel across the day as we recover from COVID-19.
Transport Canberra has worked closely with the school community and we are providing increased frequency and additional services for school students across Canberra.
As a new timetable is being introduced, there will be minor changes for all students travelling to and from school on public transport across Canberra from the first day of Term 3, 2020 (Monday 20 July 2020). In most cases, this will mean that students will catch the same service from the same stop, but the times that services arrive and leave may change.
You can find out more about the specific changes by:
- checking the information packs for each school, which are online at transport.act.gov.au
- checking timetables for each route (including school specials), which are online at transport.act.gov.au
- calling 13 17 10.
Please see the Rosary Timetable included below in this week's Veritas.
School Banking will resume in Term 3. Bank Books are due in at school on Thursday and will be returned to students on Friday after they have been processed.
Thank you to Felicity Tonkin, our wonderful parent volunteer, for processing our school banking each week.
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.