- Principals Report Week 1 Term 4
- Religious Education News
- Dates for Your Diary
- Veritas Awards
- The BIG Challenge Week 1 Update!
- Library News - Book Week!
- Lunch Time Activities at Rosary
- Preloved Lego Needed Please!
- Extracurricular Activities at Rosary
- School Travel Update - Term 4 2020
- Rosary Community Council 2020
- Clothing Pool Open during School Hours
- Hayfever Season
- Magpie Swooping Season
- Hand Washing Poster
- Coughing and Sneezing Etiquette Poster
- SZapp Download Instructions
Dear Parents and Friends,
Welcome back! I hope that everyone had opportunities to enjoy special time with family and friends over the break and to re-charge the batteries ahead of this final busy term of the school year. We’ve had a very settled start to the term and we welcome the Hurley family who have just joined us. We hope they will enjoy many happy years of association with Rosary School.
Devotion to Mary in October
The months of May and October are especially devoted to Mary, the mother of Jesus. In October, we focus on Mary as Our Lady of the Rosary which has special relevance for us – the Rosary School and Parish community. During this month, the Year 6 students will be leading the school in praying the Rosary each day. We are blessed to have Mary as our helper and guide and as a model for us contributing to the realisation of a gentle, nurturing church.
Improvements to the Grounds
Over the holiday break, there was concreting work done around the trees outside the Peace Gates. The cracked and lifted panels were replaced with new concrete slabs that include steel mesh to reinforce them and prevent future damage. This area is now also safer as a result of the trip hazards having been removed. The cost of these works falls to the school and not Catholic Education due to tax law that prevents monies being spent systemically on works to grounds as opposed to plant and facilities. Therefore, the fees parents pay are very important to us in helping maintain safe and aesthetically appealing external spaces. Thank you for the contributions you make that assist in maintaining the school.
Prayer to Mary – Memorare:
The Memorare is a beautiful prayer that expresses our confidence in the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is attributed to St. Bernard of Clairvaux.
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that any one who fled to thy protection, implored thy help or sought thy intercession, was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins my Mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful; O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me, Amen.
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 RECONCILIATION COMMITMENT MASS
It is a requirement that all candidates for the Sacrament of Reconciliation 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. We are 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. This year’s mission will raise money for the Arrupe Centre in Cambodia which supports children with disabilities to live a fulfilling life. Students will be learning about the work of Catholic Mission in Week 3 and our Year 6 leaders will organise a small fundraising event. A video about Catholic Mission 2020 is available here:
29th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Year A | Sunday 18th October | green
“Give to Caesar the things that belong to Caesar and to God the things that are God's."
Click on the link below to go the readings and activities for this Sunday.
The 2020 Marian Procession is an opportunity to pray the Rosary together as a community. You are invited to gather online daily to pray the Rosary during the third week of October. The week will conclude with a live-streamed Multicultural Mass on Sunday October 25. Find out more information and register for notifications at:
Peace and best wishes,
Religious Education Coordinator (Acting)
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!
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.
- 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
- Sacrament of Reconciliation - Monday 9th November @ 5:30pm, Holy Rosary Church
- The BIG Challenge - Friday 13th November
Congratulations to the following students who received a Veritas Award :
All of our wonderful Year 5 Students
Book Week is almost here and we are very excited!
Don't forget to come dressed as your favourite book character for the Bookweek Parade Day on Monday October 19 and bring along a copy of your book to share. Over the course of the day, 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!
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 Monday - 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 and will begin in Week 2. (This has a fee attached and flyers will be sent home with interested students)
- Stay tuned for more clubs coming soon!
Rosary is starting up a lunchtime Lego Club! We would be very grateful for donations of any preloved or spare Lego you may have for our students to build and create with. Donations would be gratefully accepted at the front office. Thank you in anticipation.
There are many extracurricular activities available onsite for our Rosary Students. Please note all of these activities attract a fee and are delivered by external providers. Please see the timetable below for details
- French Lessons - Monday 3.10pm - 4.25pm
- Mandarin Lessons - Tuesday 3.10pm - 4.25pm
- Chess Club - Tuesday 3.30pm - 4.30pm
- Dancecore - Wednesday 1.10pm - 1.50pm
- Tae Kwon-Do - Wednesday 3.15pm - 4.15pm
- Artkids - Thursday 3.15pm - 5.15pm
- Italian Lessons - Friday 3.10pm - 4.25pm
- Musicorp (various instruments) / Piano Lessons - during class time
Please contact the school if you require further information.
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.
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.
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.