HOLY ROSARY NEWSLETTER
Term 1 Week 1 - 7 February 2020
Dear Parents and Guardians
Welcome back to 2020!
I would like to start by saying a huge thank you to all the parents and students for helping to make the first week of 2020 at Holy Rosary a really successful one! Lots of big smiles and stories about amazing holidays, plane rides, beach visits, family time, sleepovers and just chilling out and relaxing at home! Inside our classrooms there has been much excitement, with new teachers and students to meet, old friends to catch up with and of course, many new wonderful things to learn, discover, explore, debate and discuss!
Stage 11 is now well underway, and we are now the proud owners of a HUGE piece of vacant land! While the build has not been without hiccups, we are on track and plenty of progress has been made. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our whole community for your flexibility, patience and positive attitude as we work our way through this really exciting time! I would also to thank the parents who have been using the Hale Carpark. This has taken a load off the bottom carpark which is still very busy. We will continue to tweak the opening/closing times until we get it right!
A special welcome to Kaity Passmore in 1D and Miriam Peake in Year 1C, Lizzy Icomella in Year 2D and Ashleigh Pedler in Year 5C! We are looking forward to getting to know you and I am confident that you all have a lot to offer our staff and school community!
Due to maintenance work, we have our Yr 5D champions overlooking the city skyline and using the staffroom as a classroom for the short term. They are enjoying the high life in there with cold filtered water and two 70 inch screens at their disposal!
Holy Rosary students were introduced to a new addition to the Holy Rosary staff this week with Fredrick the rather large ‘Shepadoodle’ coming to school to visit and bring some extra-large smiles in 2020. Fred has worked in another school for the past few years and he is sure to have a positive impact in our school also.
Look forward to seeing everyone over the coming week
DATES TO REMEMBER
Tuesday 11 February
Parent Info Sessions 6-6:30pm/6:30-7pm
Year 6 Parent Info Session 6-6:30pm Year 6 Camp Info Session 6:30-7pm
Wednesday 26 February
Ash Wednesday Mass - 9am
Tuesday 3 - Friday 6 March
Year 6 Camp
Saturday 7 March
Registration for all Sacraments - 6pm
Sunday 8 March
Registration for all Sacraments - 10am
Tuesday 11 March
Year 6 Class Mass - 9am
Student Free Days 2020
Tuesday 28 April - Staff PD Day
Wednesday 29 April - Staff PD Day
Friday 14 August - Staff PD Day
Monday 17 August - Catholic Day
Monday 12 October - Staff PD Day
SIGNING IN AT THE OFFICE:
It is important that everyone signs in at the Office whenever they enter the school between 8:45am and 3:00pm even if only dropping off lunch or forgotten items.
EMAILS TO TEACHERS:
Please do not send emails directly to Class teachers. All emails are to be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and they will be forwarded to the teachers.
Please endeavour to get your children to school on time in the mornings. Supervision for Years 1 - 6 begins at 8:15am. Classroom doors open at 8:30am and the bell for the start of lessons goes at 8:45am. Children must be signed in on the iPad in the Office when arriving late (after 8:45am) or leaving early.
With the Administration Office now in the Science Room there is no longer a dedicated sickbay.
If your child is unwell during the night or in the morning please do not send them to school. If you are called to collect your child but cannot pick them up you will need to make sure we have a phone number for someone else we can contact to come and collect them.
CHILDREN WITH REGULAR ABSENCE DUE TO TUTORING/THERAPY ETC.
If your child will not be attending school on certain days please email email@example.com stating day/time/reason and if it is for one term or the whole year.
ACCESS AND PARKING:
Remember to sign in at the Administration Office located in the Science Room. The closest entrance is from Angelico Street.
There will be two MAIN ENTRANCES to the school:
1. Angelico Street: stairs only to the gates near Pre-Kindy.
2. Hall carpark: ramp access for prams and wheelchairs.
Williamstown Road: access to upper primary classrooms at drop-off and pickup times only: 8.30am - 9am and 3pm - 3.20pm. If arriving after 8:45am you need to sign in at the Admin Office.
Children arriving between 8.15am and 8.30am for supervision in the undercover area must enter via either of these main entrances.
With the temporary closure of the staff car park on Williamstown Road, please be prepared for parking to be a little tighter and plan accordingly.
Drive Through - Please do not park in the following areas:
- the drop off zone in front of the OSHC - it makes it impossible for parents to drop their children off safely as well as blocking in those cars parked correctly in the allotted car spaces.
- between the base of the ramp adjacent to pre-primary, and the stairs at the church - this blocks access from the ramp across to the footpath that leads in front of and around the church.
- the bays in front of the Church.
Also we ask that you endeavour not park on resident's verges or driveways around the school when you drop off or pick up your children and please observe the No Standing signs. There is parking available at Hale Hockey Carpark. It is important that our kids get to and from school safely, and that we maintain good relations with our neighbours.
Areas marked with a star below are NO PARKING areas.
SCHOOL FEES & HEALTH CARE CARD
School fees will be sent to all families via email in the next couple of weeks, we will advise once this has been sent.
If you hold a current Health Care Card, please email or bring this to the office for photocopying and to complete a current 2020 form.
FAMILY INFORMATION FORMS
Please see below for Information and Permission forms.
These forms should be returned to the School Office no later than Friday 22nd February.
The FAMILY DETAILS FORM should be filled in if there are any changes to the details you have previously given us. It is very important that we have updated phone numbers, email addresses and Alternative Contact details (this is important as there is no sick bay). Your child's well being is very important to us.
The MEDICAL INFORMATION FORM only needs to be filled in if your child has a medical condition. If your child has an EMERGENCY ACTION PLAN for a medical condition (e.g. anaphylaxis, asthma) parents/guardians are responsible for supplying the paperwork to the school and updating it as necessary, including medication that has expired. There should be a new Action Plan each year and they MUST be signed by a doctor.
HOLY ROSARY COMMUNITY NEWS
PARENT INFORMATION NIGHT
Tuesday 11 February
Session 1: 6.00 PM to 6.30 PM
Session 2: 6.30 PM to 7.00 PM
CLASS REPS – YOU ARE OUR GLUE!
** Please volunteer **
Class Reps play a vital role in our school community - supporting the teachers and bringing people together.
Please consider volunteering for this important role and speak with your child’s teacher if you are interested.
* Support the class teacher.
* Help new families to feel welcome.
* Arrange a year group social get-together.
* Co-ordinate your year groups’ P&F event or activity.
* Offer pastoral care to ant family in need, either through the parent network or by informing the school.
* Maintain a class contact list
* Manage class Facebook (if your year group has one).
BIG DAY FOR INCLUSIVITY - GREAT DAY FOR FUN
Our Siena families and school celebrated a very special moment today, with the first ride by the children on the Sway Fun Glider. After many years of fundraising, this dream has become a reality and will provide hours of inclusive fun for all children of our school community.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome back to 2020! We have our beautiful Siena friends in the library with us for a few weeks which has been lots of fun!! Teachers will advise of library borrowing times and we will let you know as soon as the library has reopened! Can’t wait to see your smiling faces, meet all our new HR friends and hear about your holidays! I’ll have all the new books ready for you!
“If you read one book a week, starting at the age of 5, and live to be 80, you will have read a grand total of 3,900 books, a little over 1/10th of 1% of all the books currently in print.” -Lewis Buzbee, The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop
Online Ordering: https://quickcliq.com.au/
Monday 10 February - N Hyndes, L Williams
Wednesday 12 February - G Natalia, K Glew
Friday 14 February - C Miraudo, K Hayes
Canteen helpers still needed for all days.
Leanna 0414 953 958
School Banking is every Thursday 8:15am to 8:45am at the Meeting Room next to the Uniform Shop.
How to Get Started with School Banking
Parents are now able to open their child's account and provide identification online. It is even easier now for you to get your children started with an account and start School Banking.
All you need to do is visit:
www.commbank.com.au/schoolbanking and click on the link to open the Youthsaver account.
Our Lady of the Rosary Parish
Weekend Mass Times
Saturday Evening - 6:00pm
Sunday - 8:00am, 10:00am, 5:30pm
Parish Office - 9446 2055
Father Peter Hoang OP - 0411 381 199
Farewell Fr Chinh
Fr Chinh’s Provincial has appointed him to the position of Promoter for Social Media in the Dominican Province of Vietnam which means will have to say goodbye to him on his return.
We would like to thank Fr Chinh for his dedication to our parish over the last two years.
Fr Chinh will be returning after his holiday and we will arrange a farewell Mass and morning tea for him. Parishioners will miss his ready smile and happy disposition.
Fr Peter away
Fr Peter will be away on holidays from
Monday 10 - Monday 24 February.
Fr Minh Tran JS will be looking after the
Parish while Fr Peter is away.
Keyed Up Music will be running, Keyboard and Guitar lessons this year at Holy Rosary Primary School. Prices start at $17.55 for a Keyboard group lesson and $18.10 for a Guitar group lesson. To enrol go to www.keyedupmusic.com.au/enrolment - form or for more information please contact Therese 1300 366 243