- Principals Report Week 8 Term 1
- Religious Education News
- Aboriginal Education News
- Veritas Awards
- Disco - THIS Friday - 26th March
- School Banking
- Netball Training commenced Wednesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons - please clear the courts
- Rosary Rugby
- 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
- Belconnen Model Aero Club Fun Day
- Community Easter Celebration
- Holiday Happenings
- Hand Washing Poster
- Coughing and Sneezing Etiquette Poster
- SZapp Download Instructions
Dear Parents and Friends,
In the newsletter at this time last year, I referred to hailstorms and flooding. Now, again, we are experiencing floods across the Eastern states. Please pray for the many people who are adversely affected and give generously to appeals for assistance if you can. I hope and pray that lives will not be lost, that people will recover from the trauma and that things can return to ‘normal’ very soon for those affected.
Parent/Teacher Learning Conversations
There will be an opportunity for parents to discuss their child’s progress with the teachers on Monday 29th and Tuesday 30th March from 3.15 to 6.30pm. Some teachers have noted their availability for before school times as well. An email was sent to parents yesterday, detailing how to log into ‘School Interviews’ to book a time online. If you do not have internet access, an appointment can be made through the front office. All afternoon sessions will be held in the junior wing of the school whilst morning sessions will be held in individual classrooms.
DISCO and OSHClub
The school Disco is shaping up to be a fun time for the students on Friday this week. Unfortunately, I am not able to be present this year as I have a personal commitment that same evening. However, Mr John O’Brien and another member of the Executive will be present throughout. Please read the information in the Repeat Notices section of this newsletter regarding the Disco organisation and protocols, if you have not already done so.
OSHClub will be held in the room called Egypt – just off the library – on Friday afternoon. This will allow the disco organisers to set up the hall for the disco. Parents can collect children from OSHClub by entering through the courtyard gate to the left of the front entrance to the school.
Parents are asked to support our uniform policy by ensuring that students:
- only wear the sports uniform on the designated sports days for their class
- wear either the Summer or Winter or Sports uniform but not a combination of these
- wear runners that are predominantly white or plain in colour
- wear socks in plain colours (not skater socks or other versions with logos and colours)
- wear tights if required under the Winter uniform and not leggings
- wear the uniform sports track pants and not leggings
With the sudden onset of unusually cold weather and if children particularly feel the cold, they are permitted to wear the Winter Uniform. This is certainly preferable to seeing a ‘mix and mis-match’ of items from both the Summer and Winter wardrobes!
Please also remember that it is not yet the time for the plain blue beanie to be worn at school but if one is required for the journey to or from school, that is perfectly fine. When students wear beanies from this point in time at school, they forget to bring and wear the hat which provides the appropriate sun protection for this time of year as per the Sun Smart Policy.
Please also remember that no jewellery is to be worn to school except for a watch and plain, stud earrings and that nail polish is to be reserved for weekend and holiday periods.
With my thanks for your cooperation in helping the school to encourage students to wear the school uniform with pride.
Catholic Schools Enrolment Period For All Catholic Schools
The Catholic Schools Enrolment Period is from Monday 3 May – Friday 21 May (Weeks 3 – 5 inclusive, Term 2) for students commencing in 2022. If you know of anyone outside of our school community who has a child at a Pre-school or Early Learning Centre, please notify them of the opportunity to enrol at Rosary Primary School during the above period.
Year 5 Camp
Our Year 5 students returned from Camp at Jindabyne, conducted by NSW Sport and Recreation, on Friday afternoon. They had enjoyed 3 days of activities and challenges and were tired but happy as they alighted the bus. From all accounts, it was a very successful Camp and our students are to be congratulated for the wonderful way in which they represented the school through their excellent participation and behaviour. I thank the attending teachers, Miss Rich, Mrs Godfrey, Mrs Hillsdon, Miss Blom and Mrs Fryar for their care of the students and I especially thank Miss Rich for all the hard work she put into organising Camp this year.
Congratulations to Sonam Jamtsho on the arrival of a baby brother, Richard, and to Josephine Miniutti on the arrival of a baby sister, Adelina. We welcome the little ones into the world and to the Rosary family. Blessings and best wishes to both families as they welcome a new member.
Thought for the Week:
“Dance like nobody’s watching.
Love like you’ve never been hurt.
Sing like nobody’s listening.
Live like it’s heaven on earth”
The Disco will be held in the school hall this 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.
Year 1 Prayer Celebration
Year 1 will participate in their prayer celebration this Thursday 25 March at 10am, Holy Rosary Church. All welcome!
Year 2 Prayer Celebration
The Year 2 prayer celebration is this Friday 26 March at 10am, Holy Rosary Church. All welcome!
Holy Week Liturgies
Holy Week Liturgies will take place on Holy Thursday - 1 April. Throughout the day, the students will be re-enacting Jesus’ journey through a series of liturgies. Each grade plays an important role in bringing the events to life for us.
The Garden of Gethsemane
The Trial and Crucifixion
At the Tomb
Parents and family members are most welcome to join us. Please check in, using the Check-In CBR app and adhere to COVID safe guidelines.
First Eucharist - Faith Formation Evening
If your child is Catholic and wishes to receive the Sacrament of First Eucharist this year, please attend the Faith Formation Evening on Thursday 22 April at 5:30pm (Holy Rosary Church). As this forms part of the preparation for the reception of the Sacrament, both the student and parent/s are expected to attend.
Thank you to all the wonderful families who have already donated to this appeal. If you haven’t already donated, and would like to do so, there is still time! Each class has a Project Compassion box on their prayer table and donations will be gratefully accepted until Holy Thursday. Please give generously.
Year B | Sunday 28th March | red
"Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord."
Click on the link below to go the readings and activities for this Sunday.
Peace and best wishes
Religious Education Coordinator
Congratulations to the following students who received a Veritas 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 1 Prayer Celebration - Thursday 25th March 10:00 am (parents welcome at Holy Rosary Church)
- Yr 2 Prayer Celebration - 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
- Last day of Term 1 - Thursday 1st April
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