Holy Rosary School Derby

NEWSLETTER / TERM 2/ WEEK 2/ 18th October 2023

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Message From Miss Melanie

Welcome back to the final term of 2023. We have some exciting activities planned, including a whole school pool party, Christmas Concert, Year 6 Graduation and our End Of Year Mass and Awards Assembly.

Just a reminder that we now start our school day at 7.50am, school gates still open at 7.35am. Our extra play time at recess has been received well by all the students and they are enjoying the extra time to shoot hoops, play chasing or climb on climbing frames.

We are fundraising to upgrade our Senior Playground so please support our Containers for Change by donating your containers to our account. So far we have raised around $800, thank you to the families that have donated cans. We still have a long way to our $5000 target so keep them coming. Please encourage families to support us where they can, or encourage members of the community.

Finally, we are providing a Kindy program for five days per week next year. If you have or know any families with Kindy aged children, please encourage them to enrol in our child-centred program with Miss Caroline. Places are limited and filling quickly, so don't miss out!!

God Bless.

Miss Melanie

Assistant Principal 2024

I would like to welcome to our Holy Rosary team for 2024 Ms Margaret McMahon who has been appointed as Assistant Principal. Margaret is an experienced Assistant Principal who is currently working at a Literacy Consultant across the Kimberley and will bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to the students, staff and families.

Rejoicing Religion

Holy Rosary Feast Day

On Thursday 12th October we participated in a whole school liturgy for the feast day for the Queen of the Holy Rosary. Monsignor Paul officiated and some of our year 5/6 students volunteered to read the Prayers of the Faithful. The messages shared during the liturgy were how special Mary was and how special she is to our faith, how she was Jesus' mother and therefore is a mother to us all, and that she dedicated her whole life to Jesus.

If you would like your child to be baptised and participate in the Sacramental program and you are not Catholic in 2024, please give your name to Miss Jenna.

Year 6 Graduation Shirts 2023

Congratulations to Abby and Daniel whose designs were selected for the 2023 Year 6 Graduation shirts. They look sensational and I am sure will be well worn by all of our Year 6 graduates.

Sports Scoop

Kimberley 9's

On Tuesday 24th October a group of 10 year 5/6 students who have high attendance have been selected to participate in the Kimberley 9's football program at Cable Beach in Broome. This attendance strategy was developed by the Fremantle Dockers to encourage attendance to be maintained at school. We look forward to the great pics from the day in our next newsletter. Thank you to Miss Bec, who will be the supervising teacher on the day and to Mr Elijah who will also be supervising.

Soccer Broome

On Friday 4th November the year 3/4 classes will be attending the Multi-Sport Carnival in Broome and playing Soccer. We have been lucky enough to secure some sponsorship to cover the hire of a bus, to allow this opportunity to happen - we thank Football Future for their kind support. This carnival also will allow our students to show off their soccer skills after a fantastic coaching program delivered by Football Futures through the Sporting Schools grants, the students have really enjoyed the coaching provided by Coach Art. We look forward to the great pics from the day in our next newsletter.

Proposed changes to the Holy Rosary School Uniform

We are proposing to update our school uniform. I would like to propose that all students wear unisex royal blue sports shorts in place of the boys shorts and the girls skorts - they are cooler and dry easier if they get wet.

I would also like to propose a new design for our school shirts. The school shirt has not changed for many years and I think that we could have a more modern design that is eye catching, is a cooler fabric and still identifies our Holy Rosary School community.

A survey link is included below and the survey will be open until FRIDAY 27th OCTOBER, 2.30pm. This will allow us to get feedback from the school community and begin the process of organising the new design in preparation for the 2024 school year, if the change is going to go ahead. If the change goes ahead the old shirts will be phased out over a period of 2 years. Cost of the new shirts is approximately the same as is the UV rating.


RAAF Base Curtin Yr 1/2 Visit

We drove to the RAAF base it took so long to get there. They let us through the gate and we drove into the RAAF base to the hanger. We waited for 2 x C130 Super Hercules so we can go in the cockpit. In the the plane there were cars and it had cool seats. Then we went on the other plane it was epic and deadly. Then we got lollies then we went back to school.

By Oli John


Term 4

Tues 24th October - Kimberley 9's Carnival Broome (attendance reward Yr 5/6)

Fri 27th Oct - PP Assembly

Thurs 16th Nov - Whole School Pool Party

Thurs 16th Nov - Kindy Assembly

Wed 29th Nov - Christmas Concert (5.30pm start)

Mon 4th Dec - End of Year Mass & Awards

Mon 4th Dec - Yr 6 Graduation Dinner

Fri 8th Dec - Students last day of term 4

Please note dates and events may change over the term

Calendar 2023

School Advisory Council

If you are interested in supporting the growth and direction of Holy Rosary School we would love to see you join our school Advisory Council. The Council meets once a term to discuss ways to support the school with programmes and future planning and works in partnership with the Principal and relevant members of Staff. If you are interested, please contact the school and we will provide you with further details on how to join.


We are now taking enrolments for 2024.

Please use the link below to download an enrolment form or contact our friendly staff in admin.

Enrolment Form

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