HOLY ROSARY SCHOOL
NEWSLETTER | TERM 3 | WEEK 3 | 4 AUGUST 2023
In order to love, you have to slow down. There’s no such thing as “drive-by loving.” You have to give attention to the object, to the person, of your love. There has to be reciprocity and mutuality. It is giving ourselves over, letting go so that something else can do the loving through us and for us, because we’re not capable of it.
Barbara A. Holmes, “Contemplation,” The Cosmic We
As we close out week three of term with a fabulously enjoyable St Dominic’s Day with Mass, Mini-fete and Disco, we thank the Dominican Religious Order for the creation of this parish and school. Our school opened in 1959. It goes a long way back to the time when the Sisters trekked through the bush every day to school to teach those children!
Year Two assembly in the gym on Friday - hope to see you there!
Have a great weekend
Wow! Three hundred children in each race yesterday. This is some competition. In more recent times, due to the enthusiastic response from our children, Rob Flexman our teacher of P.E. took the opportunity to add this event to our considerable sporting agenda. And the children have thrived. Thank you, Rob!
A while back, while attending one of the interschool cross country competitions, I saw something very special take place. I will never forget it. In two separate races, I saw a child stop and burst into tears. It was just getting too hard. Neither child was from Holy Rosary, but in both cases it was a Holy Rosary child who stopped to give comfort. These were profoundly moving experiences, where the place in the race came second to the well-being of the children in distress. Spirit of Jesus moments. In my book this says so much about our place and the people in it.
A COUPLE OF REMINDERS
I’m sure that they will come as a surprise to nobody.
PARKING BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL
Parents and children walk, and older children ride bikes. Safety first! Please don’t pull up in the staff car park driveway, or on the brick paving or grassed areas nearby, to drop off and pick up children. Please use the parking areas, or, in the case of children in Years 1-6, please use the drive through.
CORRECT SCHOOL UNIFORM
Yes please! This includes school shoes, not sports shoes, with regular uniform for Years 1-6. Again, staff time spent teaching and looking after our children and not policing uniforms is far and away our preferred option.
Thank you for your help and support for both of these matters - we appreciate it.
- Maintenance painting around school took place in the heavy traffic areas over the holidays and looks good.
- Electrical work - new lighting to the gym and upgraded lighting to the library and a number of classrooms continues. This has made a really big difference to the areas completed.
- The replacement poles for the deteriorating ones in the sandpit in the Dominican Playground have been fabricated and were installed yesterday.
- Replacement parts for the Dominican playground were installed today.
- The application for fencing in front of the newly reacquired classrooms for our Year Three students, next to the Years 4-6 classrooms, is before the City of Stirling. We hope for a positive outcome as soon as practicable. It has been a long process to get to this point.
- Our first quote to rehabilitate the roof above the former Year One classrooms is in for consideration. We are keen to proceed, again as soon as practicable.
Students not returning in 2024
Book Week is only 3 weeks away and students have been loving Tuesday story-time with the Library Monitors - thank you Eve we loved Lionel and Me. For our new families, on Friday morning in week 6 in assembly time, we hold our famous HR Book Week Parade. Students dress up as their favourite book character using items they already have at home and each year group has a turn to showcase their costumes. Prizes are handed out at the assembly to one student from each year group for their Book Week art, which they complete in class. This art is judged by our very dear Sr Eileen and Sr Marlene who are always so impressed with the high quality of work. Parents are welcome at the Parade and afterwards the library will be open until 10am for you to view the art. Students can stay in costume for the day, unless it is awkward, then please have something comfortable for them to wear. Please feel free to contact me if you have any further queries.
“It was Lionel’s turn in the lonely, back garden. But he was too small for that…so I went and kept him company.” Lionel and Me by Corrine Fenton and Tracie Grimwood
Free Nasal Rapid Antigen Tests
HOT TIP FOR STATE GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES
Did you know most State Government departments offer their employees two, paid days of Community Involvement Leave each year?
These days could be utilised well to help in the school canteen without having to use one of your precious annual leave days! Working in the canteen is also a great way to meet other awesome parents and see the kids smiles at lunch time.
To join the canteen fun (it is not hard or scary) fill out the form below or text Leanna on 0414 953 958.
St Dominics Day Sausage Sizzle Capers!
No FOMO here for Leah, Carli, Dani, Belinda, Laura, Kat and Bel (again).
If you would like to join us, we would love your help. Please fill out the form below or text me on 0414 953 958, I’m always looking for new Mums, Dads, Grandparents etc to join the team.
Have a fabulous weekend,
Online Ordering: https://quickcliq.com.au/
Monday 7 August: K Spencer, J Cruickshank
Wednesday 9 August: C Pereira, P van Reenen
Friday 11 August: C Hill, L Chiappini, L Kassabian
Wednesday Soup: Vegetable
- Five days a week during term time
- Vacation Care during school holidays.
- Available for children attending Kindy through to Year Six
2023 Term Dates and Student Free Days
Term 3 - Wednesday 19 July - Friday 22 September
Term 4 - Monday 9 October - Friday 8 December