- Principals Report Week 9 Term 4
- Religious Education News
- Library News
- Veritas Awards
- Dates for Your Diary
- School Counselling Services
- Parentline ACT Free Telephone and Face-to-Face/Zoom Counselling Services
- Year 6 Immunisation Information
- Vinnies Christmas Appeal
- Rosary Raptors Oztag
- Clothing Pool Open during School Hours
- Rosary Community Council 2020
- Rosary OSHClub
- Lunch Time Activities at Rosary
- Extracurricular Activities at Rosary
- North Canberra Nativity Festival
- G.A.T.E.WAYS Holiday Programs
- Holiday Happenings
- 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
- SZapp Download Instructions
Dear Parents and Friends,
On December 8, the Catholic Church celebrates the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. There is often misunderstanding as to the meaning of ‘immaculate conception’ and the following extract from Catholic Answers provides a clear explanation:
Some people think the term ‘Immaculate Conception’ refers to Christ’s conception in Mary’s womb without the intervention of a human father; but that is the Virgin Birth. Others think it means Mary was conceived “by the power of the Holy Spirit,” in the way Jesus was, but that, too, is incorrect. The Immaculate Conception means that Mary, whose conception was brought about the normal way, was conceived without original sin or its stain—that’s what “immaculate” means: without stain. The essence of original sin consists in the deprivation of sanctifying grace, and its stain is a corrupt nature. Mary was preserved from these defects by God’s grace; from the first instant of her existence she was in the state of sanctifying grace and was free from the corrupt nature original sin brings.
Class lists for 2021 will be displayed at the end of the school day on Thursday 17th December. Please be aware that not all considerations from parents may have been met as a number of factors have to be taken into account when placing children into groups. I encourage parents and children to look at the class groupings in a positive light as an opportunity to get to know different people and experience new things.
Reports and Parent / Teacher Learning Conversations
Semester Two Reports have now been mailed to parents. Following receipt of the report, parents have the opportunity to meet with teachers. These Learning Conversations are not compulsory but provide an opportunity for discussion should there be a need regarding any aspects of the report or the child’s development. Should you wish to make an appointment with your child’s teacher, please phone the front office.
Following a panel selection process, we welcome Mrs Mara Pangallo to the teaching staff on an ongoing basis from the start of next year. We also welcome Mrs Ammie-Louise Dellosa who will be working as a classroom teacher for three days per week and Miss Rachel Webb who will be working with us as a Classroom Support Assistant. Mrs Elisa Pavlic will also be joining the Learning Support Team for two days each week from the start of next year. Ms Rebecca van der Sanden will fulfil dual roles as a Classroom Support Assistant and Clerical Assistant in the front office.
I sincerely hope that our new members of staff will feel part of the Rosary family in no time at all and that the new staffing arrangements will bring joy and fulfilment to all.
The lost property box is again overflowing with items of uniform. Those with names on them are returned to owners. However, of late, many named and returned items have been repeatedly re-appearing! Please speak with your child about caring for clothing and remembering to collect their items if they have removed layers due to becoming hot at play time.
We will say ‘farewell’ to staff members, Year Six students and all students from other grades, who are leaving Rosary, at the final assembly on the last day of school this term. We will miss each one but wish them every success in both life and learning at their new schools and thank them for the wonderful contribution they have made to our school community. Please be aware that, given the special circumstances of this year, this assembly is for staff and students only.
Special Children’s Christmas Party
This year, the Special Children’s Christmas Party could not go ahead as planned. However, OSHClub (our new before and after school care provider from 2021), who is a major sponsor of the event, arranged a visit to our school to deliver some special gifts for a number of our students. These gifts, I’m sure, will provide great pleasure to the lucky recipients over the holiday break. Sincere thanks to OSHClub for their generosity.
An Advent Reflection:
Lighting a candle is a prayer;
When we have gone it stays alight
Kindling in the hearts and minds
Of others the prayers
We have already offered for them
And for others
For the sad, the sick and the suffering
And prayers of thankfulness too.
Lighting a candle is a parable;
Burning itself out,
It gives light to others
Christ gave himself for others.
He calls us to give ourselves.
Lighting a candle is a symbol;
Of love and hope,
Of light and warmth.
Our world needs them all.
From A Canopy of Stars Christopher Gleeson
Vicky van der Sanden
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.
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.
3rd Sunday in Advent Year B
13 December 2020
“There stands among you, unknown to you, the one who is coming after me.”
Click on the link below to go the readings and activities for this Sunday.
Religious Education Coordinator
As we prepare for stocktake next week, we would very much like to thank the staff and families who have returned their book loans so promptly! This makes our job so much easier!! If you have received an overdue note, and can't find the book, please contact either of us through the front office to sort it out. Remote learning impacted on us all with some books being lost in the mix, we understand this year has been like no other.
At this time of the year we need to acknowledge and thank the truly amazing Mums and Grandmother who assist us with book covering...thank you to Thomas and Juliana Bogdanoski's Grandmother, Wanda and Mum Urszula, Alexandria Arndt's Mum, Nicole and Michael, Hannah and Grace Tansley's Mum, Justine. Covering books takes time and expertise and we thank these ladies for giving us their time so generously.
A really BIG thank you to Sandy Bigna, Ari and Max's Mum, who co-ordinates and disseminates the Scholastic Bookclub. This is her second year providing this valuable service to our families and school. We receive hundreds of dollars of free books as a result of the sales, which then are enjoyed by all our school community!
Lastly, please take the holiday break as a time to rekindle your love of reading, having relaxing time with your loved ones! Every best wish to all students leaving Rosary for other schools. We have so enjoyed having you in our library lessons over the years!
Stay safe and we look forward to seeing all returning families in 2021.
Sandy and Jodie
Congratulations to the following students who received a Veritas Award :
Nhien Vu/Luke Whitfield
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
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/
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Round 8 Raptors V Sharks
A rematch from the beginning of the season where the Rosary Raptors showed form against the Sharks again with all our players stepping up and improving on their defensive skills and attacking moves.
Coach James noted a marked improvement in our defense where we held our line very tight and also had the Sharks on their back foot on many occasions.
Attack was also very strong with fast plays coupled with smooth direction changes hurting our opposition.
Captain William Pochi said ‘Our tagging was very strong this week and our communication on field was the best.’
Final score was 9-2 to the Raptors.
Coach’s award for the week was awarded to Bobby Monahan for his on field performance and resilience to injury.
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.