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- Dates for Your Diary
- Veritas Awards
- Vinnies Christmas Appeal
- BIG Challenge Fun Day Reminder - Monday 30th November
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- Lunch Time Activities at Rosary
- Extracurricular Activities at Rosary
- Late Late Toy Show 2020 - Kiera Arthur Year 5 Washington
- Rosary Community Council 2020
- Rosary OSHClub
- Rosary Raptors Oztag
- Rosary Netball Club Expressions of Interest 2021 Season
- Clothing Pool Open during School Hours
- Hayfever Season
- Parentline ACT Free Telephone and Face-to-Face/Zoom Counselling Services
- Hand Washing Poster
- Coughing and Sneezing Etiquette Poster
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Dear Parents and Friends,
Last Sunday was the Feast of Christ the King. “In 1925 Pope Pius XI decided it was time to throw down the gauntlet to the hostile powers of the world. He established the feast of Christ the King to let the world know where ultimate authority lay. Nearly a century later the religious and secular politics of the world have changed radically, yet we still dare to claim that love conquers all, and none have loved and ever will love like Jesus Christ. This is the power that reaches deep into our hearts and extends to the farthest reaches of the universe. This is the kingdom of Christ, as the preface declares: an eternal and universal kingdom, a kingdom of truth and life, a kingdom of holiness and grace, a kingdom of justice, love and peace.” (From Break Open the Word.)
Given the many hostile events that continue to take place around the globe, it is important to be people of peace ourselves, to pray for peace and to reflect on and celebrate this feast with faith in the words of the Our Father – “Thy Kingdom Come”.
I am not yet in a position to inform parents of the staffing arrangements for next year. Class lists for 2021 will be displayed on Thursday 17th December at the end of the school day. However, by this time, students will already know who their teachers will be for next year as they will spend an hour on Tuesday afternoon of the last week in their new classroom spaces getting to know their new teachers and classmates. Please be aware that the time frame to inform me of any special concerns related to the wellbeing and development of students and their class placement for next year has now closed.
Year 6 Graduation
The 2020 Year 6 Graduation will be held on Tuesday 15th December at Rosary Primary School. Whilst we are disappointed that the current health restrictions prevent us from celebrating this year’s Graduation in the usual manner, we have planned a ceremony and celebration to provide the students and their parents with a wonderful experience to mark the end of the students’ years of primary schooling.
In consultation with the Year 6 students, the school has arranged to hold the Year 6 Graduation Ceremony and following celebration in the school hall. Hosting the Graduation on school grounds provides the opportunity for students to celebrate their achievements amongst friends, allows parents to be present for the formal ceremony and allows a disco to follow for the students. In line with ACT Health restrictions and Catholic Education requirements regarding COVID-19, parents will be able to be present to see their children receive their Graduation Certificates. However, parents will not be able to stay on site due to capacity restrictions. As such, two ceremonies will be held – one for each Year 6 class – at staggered times.
The students will also enjoy a pizza meal, a disco and photo-booth and a special Graduation Cake with one another under the supervision of staff.
We are looking forward to celebrating this year’s Graduation events with the Yr 6 students and their parents and hope that the occasion will be remembered with fondness in the years to come.
Candy Canes & Christmas Cards
At this time of the year, children like to give one another candy canes and Christmas cards; which is a lovely thing to do. However, we ask children to place cards into their bags as soon as they receive them so that they don’t become lost and we ask them to take the candy canes home to eat. We inform the children that it is not appropriate to eat candy canes at school for a few reasons:
- Parents provide certain foods and expect that their children will eat these foods and not fill up on ‘other’ things
- Parents need to know what their children are eating
- The school discourages consumption of foods containing high levels of sugar, colourings and preservatives for health reasons
- Some children may have allergies to certain foods
- The wrappers are often hard to peel off the cane, coming away in ‘bits and pieces’ which often don’t find their way to the bin and thus create a litter problem.
I ask that you also speak with your children about these things and ask them to bring candy canes and cards home so that you can see what they have received. Many thanks.
Thought for the week:
“It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
Vicky van der Sanden
2021 Start of School Date
The 2021 school year will begin on Monday 1st February for all students, Kindergarten to Year 6. The school day will start at 9.00am for students in Years 1 to 6. Kindergarten students will start at 9.30am on the first day only. The day will end at 3.00pm for students who catch a bus to rural destinations and at 3.10pm for all others. Kindergarten students will have a rest day at home for the first 3 Wednesdays of the term before starting full weeks at school in Week 4 (week beginning Monday 22nd February).
Students leaving Rosary at the end of the year
Please ensure that you have informed me, in writing, if your child will not be returning to Rosary in 2021. Obviously, this does not apply to students in Year 6. It is imperative, for planning purposes, that I have accurate information with regard to enrolment numbers. I also need to know the destination school as part of system accountability requirements. Thank you to those who have already provided this information.
1st Sunday in Advent Year B
“Stay awake! You never know when the Lord will come.”
Click on the link below to go the readings and activities for this Sunday.
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!
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.
- Superhero Fun Day - Monday 30th November (Please note change of date!)
Congratulations to the following students who received a Veritas Award :
As the end of week seven is upon us, we are requesting all families look at home and return any books with a Rosary Primary School stamp and very importantly, any Library books with a barcode on the front. We conduct a yearly stocktake of our collection and it is essential we have all books returned. We will be in contact with families in the coming week with overdue books via notes or phone calls. We REALLY appreciate your support in this huge end-of-year endeavour!!
Sandy and Jodie
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)
- Karaoke Club will be held on Friday's at 1.10pm in Year 2 Barcelona for all grades.
- Walking Club will be held on Friday's at 1.10pm - starting tomorrow 30/10/20! Students will meet at the Peace Gates and enjoy a weekly walkabout exploring the local area and reap the health and wellbeing benefits of being outdoors and active. Permission slips will be available from Mrs Pangallo - registration is open to the first 20 students from Year 3-6 who hand in their permission slips.
- Lego Club will be held on Wednesdays at 1.10pm in Rome for students in Year 2 and 3.
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 (please contact artkids directly for more information - classes are not currently running due to insufficient student numbers)
- Italian Lessons - Friday 3.10pm - 4.25pm
- Musicorp (various instruments) / Piano Lessons - during class time
Please contact the school if you require further information.
Kiera Arthur from Year 5 Washington made it through the audition process to sing a song with 20 other children from around the world on the Late Late Toy Show 2020. The show was watched by 1.3 million viewers in Ireland last year and in 110 countries. The show will air live at 8.35 am 28 Nov (Canberra time) on https://www.rte.ie/player/movie/the-late-late-toy-show-singalong/143940136325 and can be streamed at any stage after that.
Kiera and her family have been busy recording a video and audio tape the last few weeks for submission.
Late Late Toy Show 2020: Thousands of children from around the globe apply to take part
Children from around the world will be participating in this year’s The Late Late Toy Show for the first time ever as RTÉ revealed they have received thousands of applications from kids eager to take part in the iconic show. As the closing date for toy testers and performers approaches, RTÉ revealed that they have already received entries from children in New Zealand, Australia, Japan and Bermuda. Due to Covid-19, this year’s special is set to be a bit different. The show will take place as usual on the last Friday of November and feature toy demonstrators and performers - but this time they’ll be taking part from home.
We wish Kiera the very best of luck with her entry.
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|
Round 6 Rosary Raptors Vs Reigning Champions Dynamite.
Our U10 Raptors captained by Bobby Monahan battled galantly against the current leader Dynamites who displayed great defensive and attacking skills in round 5 last night.
We opened with a try by Brock in the first 2 mins which signaled our intention, but the Dynamites countered with a try of their own in double quick time.
Captain Bobby and Coach James both concluded that we held our lines well most of the time and there were lots of football flair when we tagged relentlessly and attacked with passion.
Just need to continue to work on our attacking game and holding our defensive line.
Final score was Dynamites 9 Vs Rosary Raptors 3.
Brock Stiller (3)
Coaches award went to ‘Rafe Mooney’ for his excellent efforts in defensive tags stopping multiple tries.
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.