HOLY ROSARY NEWSLETTER
Term 1 Week 8 - 27 March 2020
To our amazing, supportive, upbeat, strong and resilient community.
Last night gave me the time to sit, breathe, process and get my nails painted by my kids, George and Audrey. The conversations and supportive emails I have had with and from many of you have reassured me that we are on the same page, we are in it together and have a common goal – the overall health and wellbeing of everyone in our community, particularly our children.
As a staff, we will now look to how we can support you from a distance. On Monday morning, Year 1 to 6 can expect the class overview document to come through from Michele with junior primary students using SeeSaw to support their learning. The upper primary classes will also use Google Classroom to deliver content. This will provide students with activities to complete across next week, which is now the final week of Term 1.
Here at HR, our teachers and support staff have been working hard and discussing what online learning will look like for us in the future and this will be our focus for the next two weeks. In the space of a week or two, the education space as we know it has been turned on its head and I can’t thank the teachers enough for their robust and professional discussions on how best to move forward. For now please look after yourselves, complete the work with your kids when you can and when it works for you. Read plenty of books and teach them things that they may not have had the opportunity to learn while at school. My son now knows how to grease my bike chain and change a tyre… Sort of! (My front deck is quite greasy)
Unfortunately I am in the dark as to where and when this is likely to end, however, I will continue to keep the community as informed as I possibly can. We will continue the regular Friday newsletter during term time and will send extra info as required. Before Thursday the 9th of April, I will send you more information about remote learning here at Holy Rosary in the short to medium term.
Thanks to those in our community who are involved in Health or essential services. You guys are literally keeping us all going, and I can’t even imagine what you guys are going through right now, especially those working in our hospitals! If you are in these professions and require us to supervise students during school hours, please fill in the form below.
DATES TO REMEMBER
Friday 3 April
- End of Term 1
P & F NEWS
HOLY ROSARY 2020 ENTERTAINMENT BOOK
HOW TO PURCHASE:
Like last year, go to the following website / link and enter your details. 20% of all sales through this link go towards Holy Rosary. Last year Holy Rosary raised $1484 from Entertainment Book purchases - which was fantastic! So please continue to support our school and purchase through the following link. Share this link with your family and friends!
Any questions, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
HOLY ROSARY BUSINESS DIRECTORY
As a Parent Community we would love to see a culture of thinking Holy Rosary first! Please have a look through the directory to see what these businesses might be able to do for you. If you would like to be listed please contact Mark Nolan at email@example.com
Pastoral Care and Student Well Being
More than ever, I have enjoyed catching up with our HR students over the last 2 weeks as our daily lives are more and more affected by the most unusual of circumstances. The kids are so positive and resilient and I love the ways they are working to see the positives. Thank you to our families and educators for keeping things as normal as possible. Routine and normality are so helpful to our kids right now, who are experiencing the same fears that we face. Some suggestions from professionals are to:
- keep news reports factual and to a minimum - go for a nightly walks when the news is on for a break! Search for bears!
- With all the ‘fun’ being cancelled, think outside the square to replace the activity with an alternative, within the social distancing guidelines of course.
- Use this time to have fun together. It’s so rare to be able to cook, play, relax, read etc together. As a family, write a list of fun things and try to do something each day.
Below are some useful links from WHO and Beyond Blue. Please feel free to contact me via the office if you need any further resources and I will be keeping in touch with our wonderful community throughout these times.
Stay well and safe.
Have you put out your bears? We have been reading “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” all week and all over HR windows the bears are popping up! With the absence of organised after school activities and sport, we love the idea of putting bears in the front windows of our houses so that we have bear hunts on our afternoon walks. You can read this old friend here…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Waoa3iG3bZ4
Wheelers ePlatform on your iPads have a great range of ebooks and audiobooks – please remember to use the listen/view first to check it is what you want to read before you borrow. Storytime Online is another great resource to listen to books being read by celebrities!
Happy reading and don’t forget to go on a Bear Hunt!
“We can’t go over it. We can’t go under it. Oh no! We have to go through it!”- Michael Rosen & Helen Oxenbury,‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt.’
Our Lady of the Rosary Parish
Parish Office - 9446 2055
Father Peter Hoang OP - 0411 381 199
The Office is now closed.
Kaye will be working from home and can be contacted on her mobile - 0411 123 441