- Principals Report Week 8 Term 4
- Religious Education News
- BEST Awards
- Veritas Awards
- Dates for Your Diary
- Library News
- School Counselling Services
- Year 6 Immunisation Information
- Vinnies Christmas Appeal
- Late Late Toy Show Performance - Kiera Arthur 5 Washington
- Rosary Basketball News
- Rosary Raptors Oztag
- Rosary Netball Club Expressions of Interest 2021 Season
- Clothing Pool Open during School Hours
- Rosary Community Council 2020
- Rosary OSHClub
- Lunch Time Activities at Rosary
- Extracurricular Activities at Rosary
- Hayfever Season
- Hand Washing Poster
- Coughing and Sneezing Etiquette Poster
- PUSHY'S Fyshwick - BIG Challenge Sponsor
- Handlebar Cafe - BIG Challenge Sponsor
- Rebel Sport Canberra City - BIG Challenge Sponsor
- The Gecko Gang - BIG Challenge Sponsor
- Parentline ACT Free Telephone and Face-to-Face/Zoom Counselling Services
- SZapp Download Instructions
Dear Parents and Friends,
Last Sunday was the first Sunday of the Season of Advent on the Liturgical Calendar. At this time, Christians around the world pray using an Advent Wreath. The Advent Wreath is in the shape of a circle to symbolise eternity and remind us that God has no beginning or end. The wreath is predominantly green; a symbol of eternal life and a reminder that God is unchangeable. The four candles, representing Christ as the light of the world, are placed around the wreath. Three of the candles are purple; a sign of penance. These candles are lit on the first, second and fourth weeks of Advent. The remaining candle is pink; a sign of joy and is lit on the third Sunday of Advent. This day is known as ‘Guedete Sunday’ Latin for ‘rejoice’.
Advent is the perfect time to reflect on the real meaning of Christmas and to dedicate time to preparing ourselves to welcome our Saviour into our hearts and homes.
Big Challenge Fun Day
Everyone had a fabulous time on Monday at the Big Challenge Fun Day which was a reward for the students because they exceeded the fundraising target of the Big Challenge event. The squeals of delight were deafening as the students arrived on the junior playground and saw the jumping castle and obstacle course that were set up there! The students enjoyed a sausage sandwich on the day and a Zooper Dooper the following day which was a welcome relief given the soaring temperature. The children were so excited to dress up in Super Hero costumes, to be out of uniform and to have a day of fun activities and no formal school work. They loved seeing me in my Wonder Woman outfit and I had a lot of fun engaging with the children. I told the little ones to be very careful not to bump into my invisible plane and several asked me where it was parked!
I take this opportunity to thank the parent community for such generosity, the Community Council for unfailing support and Mrs Hinds and Mrs Higgins for their extraordinary efforts in organising the Big Challenge. It certainly was wonderful to be able to do something fun to raise funds for our school in this COVID year.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, unfortunately, we are unable to go ahead with our usual plans for a Carols Evening with parents and families. However, students and teachers are able to gather and so we will hold Carols by Daylight at school on Monday 14 December. Students can come to school wearing ‘something Christmassy’. Students may wear a Santa or elf hat or reindeer antlers but need to wear the school uniform hat when outside. They may wear Christmas colours or a Christmas T-shirt. Please ensure your child is wearing safe footwear and clothing that protects them from the sun. We are looking forward to having a fun time getting into the Christmas spirit!
End of Year Liturgy
It is also unfortunate that due to restrictions in place for congregations in churches, we are unable to hold our usual end of year Mass. Therefore, we will hold a liturgy for students and staff only at the school. This will take place during the day on Tuesday 15th December and will be a fitting means of giving thanks for our blessings and praying for those in need. We will present our gifts to the St Vincent de Paul Society at this liturgy. Thank you to all families for your very generous donations. I know that your gifts will be very much appreciated by our fellow Canberrans at Christmas time.
Messages between Parents and Students
Please be aware that the school has a duty of care for students whilst they are on school grounds and that any messages between parents and students must go via the front office. It is important, for safety reasons, that the school is aware of arrangements for students. Students are not permitted to use their devices whilst on school grounds to message their parents directly nor are they permitted to receive messages directly from parents. To ensure cyber safety, no child is allowed to be on a device (this includes phones) on school grounds without teacher permission. Before and after school, students can use their devices before arriving and after leaving school grounds, such as on the school bus, in the car or on their way as they walk home as long as parental permission has been granted.
Semester Two Reports
Student reports will be mailed home to parents on Tuesday 8th December. Parent/Teacher Learning Conversations are optional following the final report. Parents may make an appointment to see a teacher by contacting the front office.
Readers and Library Books
Staff are now collecting all home readers and library books. We would appreciate all families taking a very close look at home to find any outstanding school readers or library books and returning them as soon as possible.
Farewell Mrs Welsh
I am very sad to say that today is Mrs Welsh’s last day at Rosary for the foreseeable future. Mrs Welsh is taking extended leave and, at this point, it is not known whether Mrs Welsh will return to Rosary later next year. I take this opportunity to thank Mrs Welsh wholeheartedly for the wonderful work she has done over the years for the students and families of Rosary School. She is a dedicated professional who has shown great care and concern for all the students of our school as a Classroom Support Assistant since 2008. In more recent years, Mrs Welsh has also worked as a Clerical Assistant in the front office, providing support to staff, students and families and has been a welcoming and friendly 'face of the school' to visitors and the broader community. Mrs Welsh is a highly valued member of staff who will be sorely missed for her collegiality, professionalism, generosity, sense of humour, support and loyalty. I am sure you will join me in wishing Mrs Welsh every happiness for the coming months and all of God's blessings.
Thought for the week:
“Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.”
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.
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.
2nd Sunday in Advent Year B
“Make straight the paths of the Lord.”
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 BEST Award:
Josh Lo Pilato
Congratulations to the following students who received a Veritas Award :
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. 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, School Disco, Carnivals 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.
- Year 6 Graduation Event - Tuesday 15th December
- Term 4 Ends - Friday 18th December
Library Book Return
As the end of the term is almost 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 with overdue books in the coming week via notes or phone calls. We REALLY appreciate your support in this huge end-of-year endeavour!!
Sandy and Jodie
School counselling sessions have concluded for this year. Families who require counselling services in the intermin are asked to directly contact the Catholic Care Family Counselling Service (sessions will take place off school campus). They have vacancies at the moment and can meet with whole families, just parents, or meet with the child individually. The details for the service can be found at: https://catholiccare.cg.org.au/services/family-relationship-counselling/
CatholicCare Canberra & Goulburn
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As mentioned in last week's Veritas, Kiera Arthur from 5 Washington performed over the weekend on the Late Late Toy Show.
Please see the link below to watch Kiera's performance.
Kiera did Rosary and her family proud with her amazing performance.
Tearia Teaiwa-Mortimer (6 Athens) recently completed trials for the ACT U-14 girls representative basketball team and was selected for the squad! It’s an exciting opportunity for her to move along ACT’s high performance basketball program. Tearia is currently the U-12 girls top scorer averaging 20 points a game.
Tearia and Isla Lane (5 Washington) are also in the Canberra City Stallions division 1 team and they are playing their grand final tomorrow. We wish you both the best of luck!
Round 7 Raptors V Bears
Tough game yesterday with the Raptors going up against the Bears with only 1 substitute as a few of our players were off sick.
Captain Brock Stiller kept our players motivated and opened with a solo effort try in the 1st minute.
Defence will again need some work in our Monday practice session as the final score came down to a close 7:5 with the Bears taking the win.
Player of the week went to Harry Tonkin for his hard charger runs and gumption.
Tries to Brock Stiller (3) and Jack Frawley (2)
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 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.
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.