HOLY ROSARY NEWSLETTER
Term 2 Week 2 - 8 May 2020
Hey there everyone!
As Week Two comes to an end I am happy to report that we are all really loving having so many of our kids back at school. I did not realise how much I would miss the sound of the students out in the playground at break times or the opportunity to go for a walk around the rooms to see how everyone is going. It really has lifted everyone’s spirits!
I would like to start with a ‘shout out’ to all the Mums, Grandmothers, Aunts, sisters and all the significant women in our lives. The contribution you all make to the lives of our students and community can not be understated. In particular, the extra stresses you have been put under this year have been huge and to see so many enthusiastic, energetic and happy students turning up to school each day is a real testament to your hard work! Our Mum’s also play a huge part in the running of our school community and I just want to let all of you know how much your efforts are appreciated by myself and the staff here at Holy Rosary. From helping with Board and P&F, cooking in the Canteen, training sports teams, building playgrounds, volunteering to be parent reps and with classroom reading help, cheering us on at events, the list goes on. We love and appreciate our Mums!
I would also like to make a special mention of all the significant women in our lives who are no longer with us. For some in our community, this Sunday will be a time to remember the times spent with special loved ones and on a personal note, I will be raising a glass of nice champagne to my Mama who we lost last year.
As I have mentioned in previous correspondence, CEWA are conducting a system review on Monday 11th May which should give us a clearer direction of how we transition back to normal schooling. Our CEWA Director, Deb Sayce, has given schools some flexibility to make decisions around teaching and learning given their unique context and so, as the number of students attending Holy Rosary continues to grow closer to 85 percent, assuming community efforts to manage the virus continue to succeed and providing it is supported by consistent health advice, Monday 11th will also mark the start of our transition period here at Holy Rosary. Teachers are now preparing for more ‘direct’ lessons and will be supporting students with more explicit teaching in their own rooms from next week. Where possible, teachers will also be given some extra time out of their classrooms to plan and support those who are still working from home and these home learning plans will also continue next week.
For those families who are planning to send students into school for the first time this term, please let Michele know in the office and she will update our records (firstname.lastname@example.org). The communication from our parents has been absolutely amazing and has really helped us in our planning and in keeping our school a calm and organised place to learn. On a personal note, my wife Nicole and I are also planning to send the kids to school next week much to the delight of George and Audrey who are desperate to go and see their friends and teachers again.
Can I please remind parents that due to government restrictions still in place it is important that students do not arrive at school before 8.30am and that parents do not get out of their car while they are dropping off and picking up their students. We completely understand that these restrictions are frustrating which is why ALL our staff are out helping, however, as a school we need to adhere to them as best we can. Think of it like the valet service you get at a fancy hotel! We also fully appreciate that this situation can feel strange and a little unsettling for our younger students however on a positive note, our little Kindy, PP and Year Ones have all proven themselves to be absolute little legends, facing any fears, showing great resilience and walking confidently from the car to their classroom with their friends and teachers!
Many thanks to everyone who gave us a laugh with their creative Meme’s last week. A couple of notable mentions are below!
Thanks again to everyone for making this school and community such an awesome place for our students and for our staff! I really hope all our Mums have a really relaxing weekend and are spoilt rotten by their significant others! If anyone has a suggestion for Mothers Day gifts I am all ears as I have, yet again, left my run a little late!
DATES TO REMEMBER
- Mothers' Day
HAPPY MOTHERS' DAY!
Covid - KSC/Vinnies Food drive
Yes, it happens.
If you are an HR parent with a child starting Kindy next year, please double check you have enrolled them! If you're unsure, ask our Registrar Laurie Evans, she is only too happy to check. Email email@example.com
P & F NEWS
Mother’s Day Giveaway
Thank you to everyone who kindly donated a prize towards our Mother’s Day Giveaway. We had an amazing 42 prizes to give! The winners were picked by a random number generator.
Congratulations to the following Mums! You can collect your prize from outside the office today or Monday between 9.30am and 2.30pm. Not during pick up and drop off times please.
Happy Mother’s Day to all of our fabulous Holy Rosary Mums. Have a gorgeous day!
Small Business Shout Outs
Our Holy Rosary Community is home to many small businesses. And many of those businesses are struggling right now, so we’d like to support them where we can.
If you have a small business you would like to promote, please send through a picture with a short description of your business and/or a special offer firstname.lastname@example.org
We will then post a shout out on Facebook and in the weekly newsletter.
Every little bit helps at the moment, so if we can all remember our small business community when needing a product or a service I’m sure the support would be appreciated immensely.
Don’t forget we also have our small business directory that is available 24/7 via the website.
Let’s get behind our small business community!
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. Please continue to support our school and purchase through the following link. Share this link with your family and friends!
Any questions, please email: email@example.com
PLEASE NOTE YOU CAN STILL USE YOUR DIGITAL MEMBERSHIP FOR TAKE AWAY AT CERTAIN OUTLETS AND ALSO FOR ONLINE SHOPPING.
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 Anita Carr at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our world, and therefore our lives, have been changing daily and we have all been learning to be adaptable and flexible whilst maintaining a sense of calm for our kids. This can sometimes be very tricky especially with the uncertainties we have all been facing as a community. Next week may bring more changes, fortunately more positive ones, with further returns to work and school but this can still cause great anxiety in many. A simple way we can prepare for changes are being organised and having routine. With changes you can’t avoid, like different school drop off arrangements, explain what will happen in a positive way. Michael Grose gives us great ideas to help our ‘worriers’ with these big changes, and as always, I am here for any support or assistance as needed.
Have a wonderful, fun Mother’s Day.
What a great week of book borrowing! I hope that everyone has enjoyed their books whether they were a surprise or a request. The best part of my day is reading your notes and replying to you – thank you so much! Library next week will be the same, ie bags on normal library days. For further info, please see the long explanation I wrote in last week’s newsletter and put on your child’s seesaw. Happy Mother’s Day!!
“My mom smiled at me. Her smile kind of hugged me.”
– Wonder, R.J. Palacio
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NEWMAN COLLEGE - ENROLMENT FOR YEAR 7 2023
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Applications close 1 June 2020