- Principals Report Week 9 Term 3
- Religious Education News
- Dates for Your Diary
- Veritas Awards
- BEST Awards
- Library News - Book Week
- Magpie Swooping Season
- Hayfever Season
- Rosary Netball Newsletter
- Rosary Rugby
- Clothing Pool Open during School Hours
- Rosary Community Council 2020
- Lunch Time Activities at Rosary
- Holiday Happenings
- Hand Washing Poster
- Coughing and Sneezing Etiquette Poster
- SZapp Download Instructions
Dear Parents and Friends,
Please pray for the students who are making final preparations for the Sacrament of Confirmation. I sincerely thank all the adults involved for their generous support and spiritual guidance. The Sacrament of Confirmation will take place tonight and tomorrow night at 6.30pm in Rosary Church. I take this opportunity to wish all the candidates every blessing on this very special occasion in their lives. Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend Confirmation this year as I have taken ill. I am most upset at not being able to be there in person but I shall be there in spirit and will be praying for each of the candidates as they take this big step along the path of their faith journey.
Thank you to everyone who came along to the Reconciliation Formation Evening last week. Thanks also to Mrs Higgins and Father Mannes who led the session and to the Year 2 teachers for their support. Please keep the students and their families in your prayers as they prepare for the Sacrament which will be conferred on Monday 9th November at 5.30pm in Rosary Church.
Satisfaction Survey Results
Thank you to everyone who completed the recent Satisfaction Survey that was sent out via email through the Catholic Education Office. I am very pleased to report that we achieved even higher satisfaction rates than last year from all sectors - staff, students and parents.
Students indicated that they like being at school, feel accepted by others and find the staff approachable. They feel that their teachers care about them and encourage them to do their best both academically and as a member of the community in caring for others. They indicated that they feel safe at the school and would recommend it to others. Students also indicated that they appreciate using technologies and feel their achievements are recognised. They believe that teachers are supportive of their learning in helping them to achieve their learning goals. The students also showed that they value Religious Education lessons and the prayer life at the school. The only area that students marked down was in regard to homework, indicating that they believe it is not particularly helpful to their learning.
Parent responses indicate that they believe the school to be a safe and supportive environment for their children and they would recommend it to others. Parents feel that the staff take an interest in their children and that the school responds quickly to concerns. Parents feel that teachers make learning engaging and celebrate their children’s achievements. They find the school to be well-maintained and well-resourced, they feel welcome and believe they have opportunities to be involved. Parents find the Community Council to be effective and also value the partnership between the school and the Parish and the strong Catholic religious identity of the school. Parents indicated a desire to have greater visibility of school wide targets for improvement and indicated that, whilst Parent/Teacher Learning Conversations are helpful, the Report could be improved to provide a clearer picture of their children’s progress and areas for improvement.
Staff indicated that they get a lot of satisfaction from working at Rosary, have the resources they need to work effectively and, likewise, would recommend the school to others. Staff feel that they have the opportunity to provide input into decisions affecting their work and that there is open communication with the leadership team who know them well as people and support their wellbeing. Staff believe the school encourages a climate conducive to professional learning and encourages professional learning conversations and best practice. Staff believe that the school clearly communicates high expectations for student attendance, engagement and outcomes and the school manages behaviour incidents well. Staff value the parent/teacher partnership and the way that student achievements are celebrated. They appreciate the strong religious identity of the school and the partnership with the Parish. Teachers feel that the collection and analysis of data on student progress has a high impact on their workload but would like to see the use of this data applied as a stronger feature across the school.
The above is a snapshot of the results and the majority of comments were very positive from each sector of our community. In the comment section provided by students it was heartening to find so many of them referring to our philosophy of teaching and learning – that together we do our BEST; and to the contributing elements – Believe, Explore, Strive, Triumph. There were numerous comments about how much the students enjoy being at school and appreciate their teachers and the variety of opportunities they are afforded. There were some constructive criticisms from each sector which will be analysed further and which will help to inform our annual improvement plan for 2021. It is understood that the school will never be able to please all of the people all of the time but we do our best to make sure that we have a balanced approach that meets high standards overall. Thank you to all who took part in the surveys – we really do appreciate your feedback.
The students are excitedly preparing their acts and items to audition for the Performance Assembly to be held on the last day of this term. Sadly, due to COVID-19, we cannot have parents present but the staff and students are very much looking forward to this special event that will provide a bit of fun and entertainment to lead us into the school holidays.
Vicky van der Sanden
Thought for the Week:
“To be saints is not a privilege for the few, but a vocation for everyone.”
A reminder that the Summer uniform is worn in Term 4. Please check the wardrobe and visit the Clothing Pool if any items are needed. I encourage parents to go through children’s Summer uniforms this weekend so that any unwanted, good-quality items can be donated to the clothing pool in time for others to look at before the end of term. It is important that donated items are clean and in good condition. Each item of uniform from the Clothing Pool is priced at $5 so it’s a great place to shop!
We will have a transition period of two weeks at the start of Term 4 to cater for the unpredictable weather. Likewise, if it is really hot prior to the break and your child feels too hot in Winter attire, the Summer uniform can be worn.
Please spread the word to all you know who have children of pre-school age that we have just a few places still available for next year in Kindergarten. School fees should remain largely the same for the next few years allowing for the usual minimal increases in line with normal rates of inflation. Your assistance in spreading the message is much appreciated because we know that ‘word of mouth’ is so powerful.
SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION
Please pray for the following students who will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation at Holy Rosary Church tonight and tomorrow.
Michele Lo Pilato
Year A | Sunday 20th September | green
"Are you jealous because I am generous?"
Click on the link below to go the readings and activities for this Sunday.
Peace and best wishes
Religious Education Coordinator
The school calendar has been reviewed in light of the increased risk in the community and in line with Catholic Education protocols and advice from the ACT government and health authorities. Unfortunately, this means that we have had to remove most events from the calendar for this term and beyond. We cannot conduct events where large numbers of adults are likely to be present so this affects events such as school assemblies, Grade Masses and Liturgies, the Fathers’ Day Stall, School Disco, the Boorowa Touch and Netball Carnival and the like. Some school events will occur but will not be advertised on the calendar as they will be for staff and student attendance only. Hopefully, we will be able to reinstate all of these community-building events next year!
I thank you for your attention to these important matters and for your cooperation in ensuring that our community remains a healthy and safe place for all.
- Sacrament of Confirmation - Thursday 17th September @ 6:30 pm - Holy Rosary Church
- Sacrament of Confirmation - Friday 18th September @ 6:30 pm - Holy Rosary Church
- Term 3 Ends - Friday 25th September
- Term 4 Begins - Monday 12th October
- Book Week - Monday 19th October - Friday 23rd October
- Book Week Character Dress Up Day - Monday 19th October
- Scholastic Bookfair - Monday 19th October - Thursday 22nd October
Congratulations to the following students who received a Veritas Award this week:
Please take care while walking and riding to and from school. We have had a report of a swooping magpie in the region of the Higginbotham St crossing and also at the front entrance to the school.
The ACT government have provided the following safety tips:
Magpies can swoop during the spring while they build nests, lay and protect eggs and raise their young.
Not all magpies will swoop but some will as a natural instinct to protect their territory (area around their nest) and their young.
Follow these simple tips to help avoid being swooped this Spring:
- Walk through the magpies' territory quickly, but don't run
- Protect your head with an umbrella, hat or helmet and your eyes with glasses
- Look towards the magpie
- Attach flags or streamers on a pole to your backpack or bike
Warning signs will be placed in troublesome areas.
To report troublesome areas contact Access Canberra on 13 22 81.
Hayfever season has arrived with the weather being particularly windy and the pollen count high. We have had many children coming to the front office with hayfever symptoms. If your child is prone to hayfever please consider the treatment you would like them to receive. If you would like your child to be given hayfever medication please fill in a Request to Dispense Medication form and provide the medication to be stored in the sick bay. Parents will be contacted prior to any medication being administered. On particularly windy days you may like to consider treating your child before they attend school.
The Request to Dispense Medication Form can be accessed via this link: Request to Dispense Medication and on the school website.
Saturday 12 September
Rosary Eagles v Gungahlin Black
Rosary lost 20-45
Against a much-improved Gungahlin side, the Rosary Eagles U8s demonstrated their developing rugby skills. In an evenly matched contest, spectators were entertained with a free-flowing game of rugby, during which both teams were forced to push through the middle of the field to score tries.
Whilst the final score was a loss, the Rosary team supported each other to set up rucks and maintain possession of the ball against an aggressive Gungahlin side. Of note, was Rosary’s excellent passing combinations to gain valuable metres in attack and structured defensive lines.
Special thanks to parent James Tarpley for standing in for coach Tom Haddad. James did a terrific job guiding the boys on the field.
As always, all players made a great contribution on Saturday, especially:
- Liam Cullen for his strong defensive efforts and working hard to protect the ball in attack.
- Digby Harman for his great set play and work in our kick offs and scrums.
- James McOughlan for making some great tackles and involving himself in all aspects of the game.
- James Stein for his try saving tackles and scoring 2 tries.
- Zane Vella for supporting his team mates and attacking the defensive line.
- Bobbie Monahan for scoring 2 tries and supporting his side in defence.
- Tomas Spoljaric for making some strong tackles and supporting his team mates at many of the break downs.
Congratulations to James Stein on his Man of the Match award.
Well done Rosary U8s on another entertaining match.
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|
For the information of parents, there are a number of activities that take place at lunch time across the week that you may like to encourage your child to be involved in. These provide an alternative to outside play:
- The library is open from Monday to Thursday for all grades
- Aero Club takes place in the library on Wednesdays for Years 4, 5 and 6 members who have signed up (membership changes after several weeks with one small group at a time taking part)
- Dance Core is a dance session hosted by an external provider and takes place on Wednesday in the hall. It is open to all grades. (This has a fee attached)
- Karaoke Club is open to all students from Kinder to Year 6 and takes place on Thursdays
- Running Club is open to all students from Year 3 to Year 6 and takes place on Fridays
- The Reconciliation Challenge involves art and writing activities and is open to Years 5 and 6 students on Tuesdays.