- Principals Report Week 10 Term 3
- Religious Education News
- Dates for Your Diary
- Veritas Awards
- Library News - Book Week
- St Francis Xavier PS - Lake Cargelligo - Thank You
- Reconciliation Challenge
- Lunch Time Activities at Rosary
- Magpie Swooping Season
- Hayfever Season
- Rosary Netball Newsletter
- Rosary Rugby Newsletter
- Rosary Community Council 2020
- Clothing Pool Open during School Hours
- Holiday Happenings
- Hand Washing Poster
- Coughing and Sneezing Etiquette Poster
- SZapp Download Instructions
Dear Parents and Friends,
Congratulations to all the children who received the Sacrament of Confirmation last Thursday and Friday evening. From all accounts, the celebrations of the Sacrament were moving and memorable occasions. The Sacrament was conferred by our Parish Priest, Father Mannes, given the special circumstances of COVID-19 this year and this served to make it even more personal for the candidates because of their ongoing relationship with the Parish. I especially thank Mrs Higgins, our Religious Education Coordinator, and the Year 6 teachers, Mrs Hinds and Mr O’Brien for preparing the children in the lead up to the Sacrament and ensuring that everything went smoothly on each night. Thanks also to our parent body and the parishioners for keeping the children in your prayers over these past weeks.
Welcome to the Hurley girls who have joined us this week adding to the Year 1 and Year 2 classes. We hope the family will enjoy many years of happy association with Rosary School.
Swimming Program Term 4
Unfortunately, the two-week swimming program in which the whole school usually participates in Term 4 of each year, has had to be cancelled for 2020. Due to the restrictions in place to manage COVID-19, the pool is unable to accommodate us. As well, they are undergoing refurbishments and cannot confidently say that they will be open.
I will be on leave from the beginning of Term 2 for a period of four weeks to recover from surgery. It is not a serious operation but cannot be put off any longer. In my absence, Mr John O’Brien will be Acting Principal, Mrs Liz Higgins will be Acting Assistant Principal and Miss Fron Garrett will Act in the role of Religious Education Coordinator. Mrs Julie Godfrey will remain in her current role as Coordinator. I know that the school will be in very good hands during my absence with the guidance and support of the Leadership Team and I look forward to seeing everyone again when I return to school at the start of Week 5 next term.
Congratulations are extended to Miss Garrett on being successful in securing an Acting Religious Education Coordinator position at Saints Peter and Paul Primary School in Garran for the period of next year. We will certainly miss Miss Garrett but wish her all the very best in this leadership role and look forward to welcoming her back to Rosary in 2022.
We are all looking forward to the Performance Assembly that will be held tomorrow. I am very sorry that parents are unable to attend due to the restrictions that are still in place but I am sure your children will tell you all about the wonderful talent that was on show!
Thank you to everyone in the community for the great support shown to the school in a variety of ways over the past term; and in especially difficult circumstances given the health crisis we have faced together. I wish everyone a safe and happy holiday break and a great start to the final term of the school year when school resumes on Monday 12 October.
Thought for the Week:
“Dance like nobody’s watching.
Love like you’ve never been hurt.
Sing like nobody’s listening.
Live like it’s heaven on earth”
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.
Vicky van der Sanden
SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION
Congratulations to all the students who received the Sacrament of Confirmation last week. It was a beautiful liturgy and Fr Mannes was very impressed with your preparation. Thank you to Ann-Maree Hinds and Tim O’Brien for all your preparation and guidance.
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION
Please keep the Year 2 students in your prayers as they prepare to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation on Monday 9 November @ 5:30pm.
REQUIREMENT TO ATTEND A COMMITMENT MASS
It is a requirement that all candidates for the Sacrament of Confirmation attend a Mass. Please ensure that you attend a Mass either this weekend or next weekend. Introduce yourself and hand your signed Commitment Card to Fr Mannes or Fr Raf after Mass.
Holy Rosary Mass times: Saturday 5pm or Sunday 8am, 10am and 5pm.
October is the month in the Church’s Liturgical calendar dedicated to the Rosary. Next term we will be praying one decade of the Rosary at school each day during this time. If you would like to view an easy to watch clip about the Rosary please go to:
October is also the month dedicated to supporting the work of Catholic Mission throughout the world. Students will be learning about the work of Catholic Mission and we will also be having a special day to fundraise for the work of Catholic Mission. More information to follow next term.
26th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Year A | Sunday 27th September | green
“The son went out moved by regret.”
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.
- 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:
With three weeks left, there is still plenty of time to ensure children have a dress-up or costume to match a book for the Bookweek Parade Day on Monday, October 19. This book can be any picture/chapter book of the child's liking. It is expected, however that the students have the physical book with them on the day. Let us know if there is any assistance we can provide to locate a matching book for your costume!!! Over the course of the Monday, each class will have literature-based activities and opportunities for students to share their story and talk about their book character.
Mr O’Brien has kindly committed to creating a video for Facebook to showcase our student’s costumes and activities on the day. Unfortunately parents will be unable to attend due to covid restrictions. The school has a list of students whose parents have stated that their child is not to be photographed and then posted outside the school. If you wish to check or amend this, please check with Silvia Correlia, our school secretary. Please know we will not include your child if this media permission form states they can’t be!
St Francis Xavier PS in Lake Cargelligo are patiently waiting for the Little Treehouse sets we have posted to their school. The Principal has emailed her appreciation that we have cared enough to support a tiny school in a very small and remote community. Our students feel very proud of their efforts. Thank you again to the many students who contributed to us having four sets for ourselves and two sets for St Francis. Sets will be loaned to classes from next term!
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.
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 19 September
Rosary Eagles v Yass @ Downer
Rosary won 55 - 15
In the second last game of the season the mighty Rosary U8 team faced Yass at Downer oval. With a return to a full-strength team, Rosary were most impressive in matching Yass in defence and executing some excellent attacking raids.
Of particular note was Rosary’s team work and support play. The crowd all agreed that the most impressive and inclusive try of the season was scored on Saturday, following a sequence of great passes and some excellent support play. During this match, Rosary also impressed with their much-improved structure at the break down with some well executed bridging and ‘pick and drives’.
Yass played admirably but were no match for Rosary in the end.
All players made a great contribution to the team on Saturday, especially:
- Bobbie Monahan for scoring 2 tries and making some excellent passes
- James McOughlan for following the breaks and scoring 2 tries for his team
- Digby Harmen for executing am impressive ‘hit up’ after a penalty and pushing Yass back with some great kick offs
- Louis Monahan for making a great return to the team with 4 tries and some excellent supporting runs
- James Stein for scoring 3 tries and securing the ball at the break down with some great bridging
- Tomas Spoljaric for making some crucial tackles and hits ups
- Zane Vella for making some key breaks and working hard in defence
- Liam Cullen making some brave runs up the middle of the field and tackling Yass’ biggest players in defence.
Congratulations to Digby Harman and Zane Vella on their Man of the Match awards.
Well done Rosary U8! It will be sad to watch the last game on Saturday but we have all enjoyed supporting you throughout the season!
In the last round of the year the Rosary Rugby Under 11s had a hard task playing against Marist at Downer.
The boys again showed off their defensive prowess, tackling hard and supporting each other to try to cover Marist’s impressive attacking moves. It wasn’t Rosary’s day though and Marist crossed the line to score a number of tries to win the game.
Coach Johnny Cullen handed out encouragement awards to the whole team for a stellar year. Rosary under 11s played every match with great spirit and sportsmanship. The boys improved their tackling, their offensive play and strategic moves out of the scrums.
There was still plenty to like about Rosary’s game style throughout the year – a great learning experience for the team who had been moved up a division this year. Johnny Cullen said to the boys that playing up a division would inevitably help the team to play against strong competitive teams in the future. And this year proved that the Rosary Under 11s were able to compete and win a few games against tough opposition and they should hold their heads high.
The support from parents and friends throughout the year was outstanding, building a great community spirit, and cheering the boys on to help them to improve and grow in a very competitive rugby union division.
Everyone, from the coaches, managers and players should be very proud of the way Rosary played this year, displaying good sportsmanship and always competing to the end.
The team and parents and friends are especially grateful for the fantastic guidance and leadership displayed by the coach throughout the year and the supporting personnel who helped the coach to get the best out the boys every week.
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.