- Principals Report Week 4 Term 1
- Protective Behaviours – Safe surprises and unsafe secrets
- Religious Education News
- Veritas Awards
- Absence Notes
- School Counselling Service
- Dates for Your Diary
- Clothing Pool Open during School Hours
- Rosary Community Council 2021
- Rosary Raptors - Oztag
- Rosary Rugby
- Aero Club
- Rosary OSHClub
- Extracurricular Activities at Rosary
- Action Tae Kwon Do
- 2021 Term Dates
- Book Launch - Raising Fathers
- Merici College Enrolling Now
- St Clare's College
- Positive Partnerships
- Parentline ACT Free Telephone and Face-to-Face/Zoom Counselling Services
- Hand Washing Poster
- Coughing and Sneezing Etiquette Poster
- SZapp Download Instructions
Dear Parents and Friends,
This morning, I attended Mass at the Cathedral with Mrs Godfrey and two Student Leaders from Year 6 along with representatives from the 56 Catholic Schools across the Archdiocese. This was a very special Mass celebrating 200 years of Catholic Education in Australia. Archbishop Christopher Prowse used the metaphor of a rowing team to describe Catholic Education: we are all going in the same direction but are going forward by looking backward; not just on the 200 years of Catholic Education in Australia but on the whole history of the Church. He also presented a challenge for us all in thinking about what our education system is really about and asked the question: Are we an educational institution with a theological dimension or are we a theological institution with an educational dimension? Certainly something to think about in terms of what we hold fast to in this modern age where, as he stated, ‘the waters of the lake are always changing’.
I share with you here a prayer especially written for this special occasion in our Australian Catholic history:
Almighty and all-loving God,
with gratitude for the endeavours of Catholic education in the past, with confidence in our Catholic pre-schools, schools and universities today, and with faith in their continuing contribution in the future, we celebrate 200 years of Catholic education in this Great South Land.
As our Heavenly Father,
we thank you for your providential care for your children in this land in inspiring priests, religious and lay people to found and staff our schools in ages past.
Through them the Good News of your Son was brought to the young, even in colonial times – and ever since.
As Christ the Teacher,
you grace the staff and leaders of Catholic education today.
As they build on the achievements of their predecessors, direct them in their present efforts to ensure that every young Australian has the opportunity for an excellent education and formation in faith.
As our Inspiring Spirit,
you lead us into the future.
In the century ahead grant those teaching and learning in our schools, those planning and leading, and the families and communities that entrust their young people to us, a love of learning and a willingness to be the face of Christ in the world of tomorrow.
Pour out your abundant blessings upon all involved in the ministry of Catholic education.
Our Lady of the Southern Cross – pray for us.
St Mary of the Cross MacKillop, Patron of Catholic Education in Australia – pray for us.
Ash Wednesday Mass
Last week, the whole school attended the Ash Wednesday Mass which marks the start of Lent. It is worthwhile spending time reflecting on the three ways to prepare for Easter during the Season of Lent: to pray, to give alms and to make personal sacrifices. In practical terms, this means spending time in relationship with the Lord, going without something or doing something extra; perhaps going outside of our comfort zones to support another. Lent is also a good time to consider letting go of old hurts and finding room in our hearts to forgive and move forward. I pray that it will be a truly special time of preparation this Lent for us all and that we will arrive at our Easter celebration feeling renewed and just that little bit closer to our friend, Jesus.
Gelato Day was a resounding success with ice-cream smiles everywhere! Thank you so much to Justine Tansley and Catherine Gareffa and their team of Year One parents for organising the treats and serving on the day.
Car Park in the mornings
I ask that parents move vehicles from the courts as soon as possible in the mornings so that the space can be used for classes who are conducting sports and fitness sessions. Should you need to stay that little bit longer, please park in the gravel bay alongside the junior classrooms on Higginbotham Street.
Year 6 Mass
Tomorrow we will celebrate the Year 6 Leadership Mass in Rosary Church. This is a special opportunity to recognise and encourage the leadership attributes of our senior students. I have every confidence in the students as they take on new roles and responsibilities within the school to do their very best in rising to challenges and supporting others in a range of ways.
Catholic Leaders’ Retreat
From Wednesday morning next week, I’ll be in Bowral with all of the Principals from the 56 Archdiocesan Schools at our annual Director’s Day and Catholic Leaders’ Retreat. The Retreat provides an opportunity to network with others, to share ideas and understandings and to invigorate the soul through spiritual development. However, the first day is a meeting day organised by the Catholic Education Office to discuss system priorities and initiatives for the Archdiocese. Mr O’Brien will lead the school in my absence with the support of the Executive Team.
Another topic our students will learn about during this program is Safe surprises and unsafe secrets.
Safe and unsafe secrets: Help your child to be able to identify the difference.
Safe secrets usually have a happy outcome, are kept for a short time and are always told eventually. Several people usually know about the secret, e.g. a surprise birthday party or the arrival of a surprise visitor.
Unsafe secrets are usually about actions or behaviours that are unsafe or dangerous, e.g. when someone is being bullied or hurt. They may make us feel afraid, upset, confused, embarrassed, anxious or unsafe. They are secrets where someone says, ‘You must not tell’; they last a long time, sometimes forever. Unsafe secrets can involve a threat that something bad will happen if you tell. If your child tells you that they have a secret, you may find the following questions helpful as a guide: Do you want to tell me about the secret? If the answer is ‘no’, try some of the following questions:
- Is it a safe secret or unsafe secret?
- Who told you the secret?
- Who else knows the secret?
- How do you feel about the secret?
- Do you have any early warning signs?
- Is there someone you can talk with about it?
What can I do?
Talk with your child about secrets. Discuss whether the following examples would be safe or unsafe secrets: a birthday present for your dad or a friend’s surprise party, the hiding place for the spare house key or someone is being bullied at school.
The theme of this year’s Project Compassion is ‘BE MORE.’ As Saint Oscar Romero said, “Aspire not to have more, but to be more.”
Every year, countless people turn Lent into a demonstration of faith, love and generosity. You can be a part of this incredible community, who believe that there are simple actions we can all take to “be more” for our world. Taken from: https://lent.caritas.org.au
Every class has a Project Compassion box for donations.
Please give generously.
Year 6 Leadership Mass
Year 6 will participate in a Leadership Mass tomorrow, 25 February @ 10am, Holy Rosary Church. Parents are most welcome! Upon arrival, please register via the Check-in CBR app, sanitise and adhere to sanitising and physical distancing regulations.
28 February - Second Sunday of Lent - Year B
‘This is my beloved Son.’
Click on the link below to go the readings and activities for this Sunday. https://www.prayingwithchildren.org/o0pim4m1.html
The timing for the reception of the Sacraments has been reviewed by Fr Mannes. The Sacrament of First Reconciliation will now be offered to students in Year 3 and First Eucharist will be offered to students in Year 4. Therefore, the Sacrament of Reconciliation will not be offered to students in Year 2 this year.
The Sacrament of First Eucharist will be offered to eligible students in Year 3/4 this year.
Sacramental Program 2021
Sacramental Program 2022
Year 3/4 Eucharist
Year 6 Confirmation
Year 3 Reconciliation
Year 4 Eucharist
Year 6 Confirmation
Dates will be confirmed.
If any Baptised Catholic students, new to Rosary, have missed out on the opportunity to receive a Sacrament, and wish to do so, please let me know.Peace and best wishes
Religious Education Coordinator
Congratulations to the following students who received a Veritas Award :
If your child is absent, please inform the school in writing via email to email@example.com or using the SZapp, ensuring the following information is included:
- Child's full name
- Child's year
- Child's class
- Date/s of absence
Thank you for your attention to this important matter.
The school counsellor, Kate Dean, is available every Tuesday and alternate Mondays on even weeks.
You can refer your child for counselling by filling in a referral form available on Catholic Care’s website or follow this link: https://catholiccare.force.com/housing/s/school-referral-form
After you have filled out the referral form you will automatically be sent an email requesting your consent for your child to access our service. In the case of families where parents are separated, consent of both parents is normally required. If this is difficult for you please feel free to discuss with Kate.
We have been able to reinstate most of our events for the 2021 calendar year. However, due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation, some events may need to change or be conducted differently. If there are changes, we will advise you as soon as practicable.
- Yr 6 Grade Mass - Thursday 25th February 10:00am (Yr 6 parents welcome)
- Swimming Carnival - Thursday 4th March (registered volunteers only - no spectators)
- Canberra Day Public Holiday - Monday 8th March
- Yr 5 Camp - Wednesday 17th March - Friday 19th March
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 2021 are:
|Council Chair :||Jackie Brady|
|Deputy Chair :||Libby Reardon|
|Treasurer :||May Kain|
|Secretary :||Kate Roggeveen|
|Parent Representative :||Lucy Steen|
|Parent Representative :||Raphaela Higginbotham|
|Parent Representative :||Rachael Moore|
|Staff Representative :||Rachel McKerrow|
|Ex Officio :||Parish Priest|
|Executive Officer :||Principal/Assistant Principal|
Our second last game of the season saw our Raptors (4th on the ladder) challenge the current leaders: ‘Dynamites’ (17 Feb 2021). Captain Jake Harmer lead the team well and the Raptors played their best game of the season with excellent offense and tight Defence.
Final score of 6:4 did not reflect the quality and sportsmanship of our players.
Tries to: Jack (2), Jenson (1) and Brock (1). Player of the match was Jenson Hon. Last match next week (24 Feb 2021).
ROSARY RUGBY 2021 SEASON
The 2021 Rugby Season is fast approaching, and the Rosary Rugby Club is welcoming all existing players and any interested players and their families to join our club for the 2021 rugby season!
Rugby gives your children the opportunity to make new friends, stay fit and active, be part of a team and develop life-long skills. Rugby at Rosary is very well regarded by the broader community and has produced current Super Rugby players Mack Hansen and Jordan Jackson-Hope.
In 2021 Rosary Rugby Club will once again field teams in the ACT Junior Rugby Union competition. Games, which are played on Saturday mornings, will commence at the beginning of Term 2. All interested and eligible players are invited to join. Rugby at Rosary includes:
- All boys and girls are welcome;
- NO TACKLING for players in the U7s age group;
- Equal opportunity provided for all players especially beginners in all age groups;
- Fully-supervised training sessions are held on the school oval after school each Wednesday during the season - this means pick-up isn’t required until 4:30pm (wet weather activities take place on rainy days); and
Rosary Rugby Club, established in 1964, is the only stand-alone primary school rugby club in Canberra. A number of our former players have gone on to represent the ACT Brumbies and the Australian Schoolboys rugby teams.
On Wednesday the 10th March we will hold a come try day after school at the school oval – all are welcome.
For enquiries or more information, please contact: Eamon O’Donoghue (club secretary) on 0406 566 463 or Dave Dwyer (club president) on 0403 977 575 or Michelle Kowalik on 0411 322 762.
2021 Aero Club made a grand return with Mr Peter Ederle transforming the Library into a hangar full of model planes, drones, remote controlled planes and associated gadgets! He regaled the throng with the the skills & antics associated with flying out at Gunghalin Model Aero Club. We now have seven eager students ready to start their flight simulator training on the computers in the Library! Thanks to Peter for sharing his passion with our children!
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 3.10pm - 4.30pm
- Tae Kwon-Do - Monday 6.30pm - 8.30pm
- 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 school year is divided into four terms. Term dates for the year 2021 are as follows:
Term 1 (9 weeks) Monday 1 February - Thursday 1 April
Term 2 (10 weeks) Tuesday 20 April - Friday 25 June (Monday 19 April is a system wide Pupil Free Day)
Term 3 (10 weeks) Tuesday 13 July - Friday 17 September (Monday 12 July is a system wide Pupil Free Day)
Term 4 (11 weeks) Monday 5 October – Friday 17 December
On the evening of Wednesday 3 March, St Edmund’s College has the privilege of hosting a book launch for well-known and respected author Robert Falzon.
Robert is a husband, father, businessman, published author and co-founder of menALIVE. He has been awarded many business accolades. In 2007, Robert sold his primary manufacturing business to focus in a full-time volunteer capacity on working with men through menALIVE – a National Catholic Ministry to Men. Since the founding of menALIVE in 2003, this work has delivered 450 events across 26 dioceses and numerous schools in Australia and New Zealand, reaching more than 30,000 men.
Robert will be launching his new book, Raising Fathers. “In an age where there is a training manual to do almost everything, there is still no manual, map or compass to do one of the most important and impacting task on earth – Fathering!” This event is open to anyone (not just fathers) interested in families, raising children and establishing positive family relationships. Join us for this free evening event as Robert unpacks practical advice and stories that are powerfully important, impacting, informative and instructional for fathering in today’s world. I sincerely recommend Robert Falzon’s work to you and hope to see you at the book launch.
Please register for this event by following this link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1088585198280632/