- Principals Report Week 7 Term 1
- Religious Education News
- Protective Behaviours – Tips For Discussing Protective Behaviours With Your Kids
- Veritas Awards
- BEST Awards
- Disco - Friday 26th March
- Netball Training commenced Wednesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons - please clear the courts
- Ride or Walk to School - Thursday 1st April
- NAPLAN Online 11-21 May
- Dates for Your Diary
- Clothing Pool Open during School Hours
- Rosary Community Council 2021
- Extracurricular Activities at Rosary
- 2021 Term Dates
- Community Easter Celebration
- Girls Programming Network - Sunday 21 March
- Holiday Happenings
- Daramalan College Enrolling Now
- Merici College Enrolling Now
- St Clare's College
- St John Paul II College - Try High School
- Hand Washing Poster
- Coughing and Sneezing Etiquette Poster
- SZapp Download Instructions
Dear Parents and Friends,
I write with very mixed emotions today to let you know that I will be retiring at the end of the 2021 school year. By the end of Term 4, I will have arrived at the end of my 5-year contract and I will not be renewing. I extend my sincere thanks for the wonderful support I have received and the opportunities I have been afforded by CE as a Principal for what will be 13 years by the end of this year. I have thoroughly enjoyed my role and it has been both a privilege and a blessing to have been a member of two wonderful communities, Rosary and St John Vianney’s primary schools, during my time as a Principal. I will certainly miss everyone – most especially the students and their beautiful smiles and greetings each day and the smallest but most significant and precious personal exchanges – but know that this is the right time for me to start a new chapter in my life; to be more available to my family and to explore, together with my husband, all the other wonderful things that life has to offer with thanks to our Creator God. Our intention is to travel within Australia and then the rest of the world …. when it finally re-opens! Thank you for being a big part of my life and for creating memories that I will treasure forever.
The position will be advertised during Term 2 and I trust the Holy Spirit will ensure that a highly suitable successor will be appointed.
Two Special Feast Days
St Patrick is honoured with a Feast Day on 17th March. Patrick was born in England and was kidnapped by Irish pirates at the age of sixteen. He was brought to Ireland where he was held captive for six years. In his Confession, Patrick writes that the time he spent in captivity was critical to his spiritual development. During this period, Patrick worked as a shepherd and strengthened his relationship with God through prayer eventually leading him to convert to Christianity. St Patrick is credited with teaching about the Trinity using a clover leaf, a shamrock, to illustrate three persons in one God. St Patrick’s Breastplate is known throughout the Christian world:
Friday 19th March marks the Feast of St Joseph, spouse of Mary the Mother of Jesus. St Joseph has been described as the silent man of the Gospels in line with the great men of faith of the Old Testament – a just man and a righteous man of integrity. St Joseph is recognised as the patron saint of fathers and families, of bursars and manual workers; especially carpenters. In 2020, Pope Francis wrote an Apostolic Letter entitled Patris Corde (with a Father’s Heart) on the 150th anniversary of the proclamation of St Joseph as the Patron Saint of the Universal Church. It is a very short and beautiful text that includes the topics: A Beloved Father, A Tender and Loving Father, An Obedient Father, An Accepting Father, A Creatively Courageous Father, A Working Father and; A Father in the Shadows. I encourage you to read this short and thought-provoking text. If you would like to borrow a copy, please let me know. I personally think that it is wonderful that St Joseph has been honoured in this way and held up as an example to all fathers. I the take this opportunity to thank all our dear dads and grand-dads for the important role that you play in shaping the lives of your children and grand-children.
The Disco will be held in the school hall next Friday evening. The Disco is organised into timeslots as follows:
- 5:45 – 7:00pm Kindergarten to Year 3
- Dinner service for all grades from the canteen – eating and drinking in the quad only (no food or drink to be taken into the hall)
- 7:30 – 8:45 Year 3 to Year 6
NB: Year 3 students may choose to attend either session but not both.
Anyone who is unwell must not attend the event.
Please be aware of the following conditions:
- No student is permitted to bring a phone, camera or other digital device to the Disco. Should parents need to be contacted, a staff member has access to all contact information and will make the call. Should a child be noted to have a device in their possession, they will be asked to place it in a designated, safe space within the canteen and to collect it at the end of the Disco with an accompanying parent.
- Year 3/4 parents are responsible for the organisation of the Disco and will provide supervision. Registered volunteers will be identified with a fluorescent vest and will be allocated to particular roles and positions. A member of Executive school staff will be present at all times.
- Registered volunteers must have a current WWVP card (or can sign at Statutory Declaration) and this must be kept on their person at all times during the event.
- Only registered volunteers will be permitted into the hall during the Disco due to COVID-19 person per square metre restrictions. However, parents who are accompanying students may remain in the quad; remembering to adhere to physical distancing protocols.
- All adults will be required to sign in upon entry via the CBR Check-in app. The sign-in station will be at the entry to the quad.
- Only existing school students are permitted to attend the disco.
- Older siblings who attend other schools may not attend the Disco unless they are registered volunteers who will be working at the event.
- Younger siblings who are not of school age are permitted to attend but must, at all times, be supervised by a parent. Registered volunteers must not have younger siblings in their care whilst performing supervision duties.
- No enrolled student is permitted to enter the canteen area at any time or is to engage in food service or money handling. Only older siblings who are under the care of a parent and who are registered as volunteers may be in the canteen space and perform these tasks.
- The quad is a space for parents to sit and for food and drink to be consumed. It will not be open for play or running around by the students. Students who wish to go in and out of the hall to visit parents in the quad may do so.
- A first aid kit will be retained in the canteen.
- Students will be retained in the hall space for parents to collect at the end of each session. Junior students at the first session will need to be collected from the hall by a parent and then accompanied to collect their dinner from the canteen.
I am confident that everyone will have a wonderful time in a safe environment if we all adhere to the above conditions and I wish everyone a very happy time at this school event.
Morning ‘Power of half an hour’ sessions
We kindly ask that parents who park on the courts in the morning, move cars from the space as quickly as possible. This is to ensure that classes taking part in sport, fitness and activity sessions at the start of the school day have a safe space in which to exercise and to prevent vehicles being damaged by sporting equipment that might go awry! Should parents need to stay a while longer, the parking spaces in front of the hall and the gravel bay beside the hall are available for long stay parking. We thank you for your cooperation in this matter.
Arriving safely at school
If your child rides or walks to school alone, or catches a bus for the first time, and you are concerned about whether they have arrived safely at school, we are more than happy for your child to come to the front office to phone and speak with you once they have arrived.
Toys at school: We ask that children leave their toys at home and only play with equipment provided by the school; with the exception of hand balls that are labelled with a name. This is to ensure that ‘personal treasures’ do not become lost or damaged at school. It is also to keep everyone safe as some toys are not ‘playground friendly’.
Long hair: If a child’s hair is long enough to touch the shoulders, it needs to be tied back. This is to prevent the spread of head lice and to keep hair out of eyes as well as to ensure a neat and tidy appearance.
Hats: Children need to be wearing the uniform hat at all times whilst outside. Please ensure that your child is wearing a hat upon arrival to school in the morning.
Games at dismissal time: Please be aware that students are not permitted to play games after school at dismissal time. They must stand with their teacher as they enter the quad at the end of the day and then remain in the close company of the parent/carer who is collecting them (even if that parent/carer takes some time to leave the space due to having conversations with other parents or with teachers) or remain with the teacher on duty at the Peace Gates. The teacher on duty has a ‘duty of care’ in terms of the safety and security of students at dismissal time. If some students are playing games, others are attracted to be included and the teacher on duty is at a loss as to whom he or she is responsible for supervising. The cooperation of parents in enforcing this rule is very much appreciated.
I express sincere condolences to the Lysenko family on the loss of Victoria’s paternal great-grandmother, Stefania Zylan. May Stefania rest eternally in the loving arms of our dear Lord and the family receive strength and comfort from the memories they shared.
Lost Property: A ladies, bottle green coloured, size M, lightweight jumper was left behind after the Welcome BBQ held in February. It does belong to one of the ladies who helped with preparing and serving the BBQ but we just don’t know who! If you recognise this description and you think it may be yours, please call in at the front office where it will be waiting for you.
Year 2 Prayer Celebration (change of date)
Due to an unforeseen circumstance, the Year 2 Prayer Celebration has been postponed to next Friday 26 March at 10am, Holy Rosary Church. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. We hope you can join us next week.
Year 1 Prayer Celebration
Year 1 will participate in their prayer celebration next Thursday 25 March at 10am, Holy Rosary Church. All welcome!
Every class has a Project Compassion box for donations.
Please give generously.
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
Year B | Sunday 21 March | Fifth Sunday of Lent
"If a grain of wheat falls on the ground and dies, it yields a rich harvest."
Click on the link below to go the readings and activities for this Sunday.
Peace and best wishes
Religious Education Coordinator
Soon our Protective Behaviours Program will conclude for this year. The following tips may help you when discussing the program with your children.
1) It can be useful to start any discussions with reassuring the child that they haven’t done anything wrong, and that they are safe, and that you would like to spend some time talking about ways you and they can be safe and happy and feel good.
2) Ask your child what ‘safety’ means to them, and use as many everyday examples as possible to talk about the times they do and don’t feel safe, exploring what they can do in those unsafe times to help them feel safe again.
3) Share your experiences with them (age appropriate level of disclosure), emphasising that we all have times when we don’t feel safe.
4) When we discuss safety with children it is important that we do not leave them feeling afraid and disempowered, but instead that we provide them with awareness of their own safety and help seeking strategies regarding what to do if they feel unsafe.
5) Listening to children and carefully observing their body language will allow you to pick up on any signal from your child that something is not ok. Children may not be able to tell you that they are feeling unsafe or something is not ok for them.
6) Parents quickly learn to avoid asking a child, ‘How was your day?’ as they get the universal answer, ‘Fine’ and when asking, ‘What did you learn?’ get the answer, ‘Nothing’. Parents who comment on a child’s body language, ‘You look sad, happy’, etc., have more chance of opening up the channels of communication to allow the child to share.
7) The most important factor when discussing safety with your child is keeping the communication channels open, letting your child know they can talk to you about anything. It is also vital that you help your child identify a ‘safety network’ of trusted adults who they can talk to if you are unavailable.
8) You could use ‘Even if…’ or ‘What if’ questions to discuss safety with your child, e.g. How could you keep yourself safe even if you heard a strange noise at night? Someone bullied you? You got lost? Someone was late in picking you up from school? Someone you don’t know asked you to go somewhere with them? Using ‘Even if’ questions removes the child from their actual reality and may be less likely to frighten them.
9) Children need to know the importance of their ‘body signals’ or ‘early warning signs’ that act like an internal alarm bell to tell us when we don’t feel safe, and also to have strategies for what to do when the alarm bell rings.
10) It is important to resist the language of ‘stranger danger’ with children, as the reality is that many people who pose a risk to children may not be strangers at all, but may be well known to the child. Instead, children need an awareness of their own feelings of safety and skills to seek help in times when they do not feel safe.
11) Make the learning fun! For example, using games, art, craft, humour, physicality. Young children especially respond to these ways of learning and it can reduce the level of fear significantly.
12) Always finish discussion/activities with reinforcing that children CAN have power to keep themselves safe, and providing lots of praise and encouragement for their efforts, abilities and solid plans for keeping themselves safe. Ending positively, with an understanding that they are safe now and can stay safe, is important.
Congratulations to the following students who received a Veritas Award :
Congratulations to the following students who received a BEST Award:
THURSDAY 1ST APRIL (Final day of Term 1)
This year Rosary will AGAIN participate in the ACT Government’s Ride or Walk to School program. The program suggests that we all consider our transport habits and try to incorporate more walking or riding as part of a healthy, active way to get around. And although walking or riding all the way to school isn’t realistic for many of us, it’s quite easy to figure out how you can build a walk into your family’s daily routine.
You can teach your child the healthy habit of walking or riding more by:
- Walking or riding with them the whole way to school
- If they get the bus, walk past your usual stop and get on at the next stop
- If you have to drive, park the car a few blocks away from the school and walk the rest of the way.
Regular exercise like walking and riding with your child not only helps them (and you!) beat chronic problems like obesity, heart disease, behavioural and mental health issues and diabetes, it also gives you a great opportunity to teach your child safe ways to behave around roads and traffic.
Please join us on the last day of term by using your legs or wheels to get to school. Remember that helmets must be worn if your child is cycling or riding a scooter.
Some of the staff will be at the Watson shops ready for an 8:30am departure. Parents are welcome to walk with us. This is always a well-attended event and builds school and community spirit. We hope to see many children and parents arriving at school without their car!
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 5 Camp - Wednesday 17th March - Friday 19th March
- Yr 1 Prayer Celebration - Thursday 25th March 10:00 am (parents welcome at Holy Rosary Church)
- Yr 2 Prayer Celebration - NEW DATE Friday 26th March 10:00am (parents welcome at Holy Rosary Church)
- School Disco - Friday 26th March 5:45pm - 8:45pm
- Parent/Teacher Learning Conversations - Monday 29th March
- Parent/Teacher Learning Conversations - Tuesday 30th 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|
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 8:00am - 9:00am (beginner) and 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
Please note that a school booking for Try Dara for a Day is in place - invidividual bookings are not required but please make sure you have returned the required permission slip.