HOLY ROSARY NEWSLETTER
Term 1 Week 1 Friday 12 February
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Thank you so much for having your children ready to jump into the school year, for wearing your masks, for being mindful of entering classrooms, for supporting the Parent Teacher Information Sessions, and for being so welcoming. In terms of children returning, the start of school has been smooth and fabulous! We have had a couple of queries about which uniform, what day etc, but as you are aware, we are looking the other way for another week because of some supply issues. All is well!
If you weren’t able to get to the Parent Teacher Session on Tuesday, your child’s teacher will be uploading a PDF of the Powerpoint to Seesaw for you to access and get a sense of the planning for this year.
Edudance commenced this week as well and it has been fun to watch children so engaged with this first term initiative. It gets better every year as children build on the skills learned the year before. It is a lot of fun!
Next week see the first of our Parents and Friends (P&F) meetings as well as our first Parent Advisory Council (PAC) meeting. Both are really important to the life of Holy Rosary. Both meetings take place in the staff room on the third Tuesday of the month. The P&F meetings run from 6-7. The PAC meetings run from 7-8. P&F meetings are open to all community members. PAC meetings are limited to members elected at the Annual Community Meeting (ACM) last November.
Masks come off on midnight Saturday just in time for Valentines Day on Sunday. Happy Valentines Day!!!!!
DATES TO REMEMBER:
We have been advised that no class masses will take place until further notice.
Tuesday 16 February
- P & F Meeting - 6pm
- PAC Meeting - 7pm
Saturday 20 February
- Family Fun Night
Wednesday 31 March
- Term 1 Concludes
Tuesday 20 April
- Term 2 Begins
Friday 2 July
- Term 2 Concludes
Monday 19 July
- Term 3 Begins
Friday 24 September
- Term 3 Concludes
Tuesday 12 October
- Term 4 Begins
Friday 10 December
- Term 4 Concludes
Pupil Free Days 2021
- Thursday 1 April
- Monday 19 April
- Friday 13 August
- Monday 16 August
- Monday 11 October
On Thursday 28th January, all Holy Rosary staff gathered together at Boola Bardip - WA Museum - to work with Gerard Pol, Aboriginal Education Consultant from CEWA.
Gerard had created a SeeSaw activity designed to capture observations and wonderings as staff made their way around the Museum. It was an excellent professional development opportunity.
The intention for the day was to spark the curiosity of staff which will guide ongoing professional learning in the area of Aboriginal education, and will culminate in the development of our Aboriginal Education Plan.
For next week we will continue with the existing protocols, with a minor change to the Pre-Primary time, and changes to our three year old Kindy now that all children are attending their sessions together.
Even moreso now, please do not park there for the following reasons:
- With no retaining wall, the ground could collapse under your vehicle with catastrophic consequences.
- the request has been made by us many times not to park there
- the owners of the land are going to address the issue proactively and seek support from the Council rangers to police the issue, and fine offenders. So it could cost you!
- we are blessed with loads of parking, however some take a bit of walking.
Please see details below:
Thanks to Assistant Principal Dave Edwards for the 'movie'!
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, in order that we know exactly who is on site.
EMAILS TO TEACHERS:
Please do not send emails directly to Class teachers. All emails are to be sent to email@example.com and they will be forwarded to the teachers.
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 THERAPY ETC.
If your child will not be attending school on certain days please email firstname.lastname@example.org stating day/time/reason and if it is for one term or the whole year.
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 complete the form below and send by email to email@example.com and bring your card in for photocopying.
Form and current Health Care Card must be provided to the Office to receive discount.
FAMILY INFORMATION FORMS
Please see below for Information and Permission forms.
These forms should be returned to the School Office no later than Thursday 18 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.
PASTORAL CARE AND STUDENT WELLBEING NEWS
It is soooo wonderful to be back at school and in the current world we are living in, it is important to remember our blessings, even if we did lose a week! Welcome to our new students and families and welcome back to our wonderful community. Year 2, 4 and 6 programs will commence in the next few weeks and I will continue to touch base with students who have completed either Feelings and Friends or Seasons for Growth previously. It is quite normal to experience back to school nerves and anxiety, and sometimes, once the adrenalin and excitement of week 1 wears off and the tiredness sets in, week 2 can be a bit more of a struggle. Healthy food, early nights, limited screen time and a relaxing bed time routine has been proven to help. I have a range of books and community information available for parent support in the library. Please feel free to drop me an email via the office at any time.
Holly Butson – Pastoral Care and Student Well-Being – working Friday
Welcome back to your library! It has been a great to start borrowing and I have loved meeting all of our new students. A reminder that the library is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for class borrowing and before school from 8.30-8.45 for individual borrowing. Students need a HR library bag in order to borrow books. Stay tuned for the start of all our usual fun library activities including the junior chess tournament and year 5 Book Club this term. Wheelers eBooks are still on the student iPads and books can be adapted to suit all kinds of readers including increasing the font size and changing backgrounds colours. Happy reading and have a great term!
Mrs Butson – Library – Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
“Whenever you feel lonely and need a little loving from home, just press your hand to your cheek and think, ‘Mommy loves you. Mommy loves you.'”– 'The Kissing Hand' by Audry Penn
P & F NEWS
CLASS REPS NEEDED
** 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 any 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).
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to volunteer.
Online Ordering: https://quickcliq.com.au/
Monday 15 February: D Thorpe, M Boekhoorn
Wednesday 17 February: Ash Wednesday - G Natalia, C Wright
Friday 19 February: F Deane, C Hill
Leanna 0414 953 958
Please not: No meat available to order on Ash Wednesday
WEEKEND MASS TIMES
Sunday: 8am, 10am and 5:30pm
Holy Rosary Soccer Program
Girls AFL 2021@ Wembley Downs Junior Football Club
Are you interested in learning and playing AFL in 2021
Are you interested in joining a team sport and a great club
WDJFC will be hosting two girls teams in 2021 and is currently seeking players for a Yr 3/4and Yr 5/6 team.
No experience necessary!
Registrations open and the season begins May.
If interested please register at wembleydownsjfc.tidyhq.com/public/pages/registration
or for more information please contact Joel. Joelforsyth@hotmail.com or call 0408429044
Keyed Up Music Lessons
Keyed Up Music will be teaching keyboard and guitar group lessons after school. Lessons start from $18.65 for a group of 4. If you are interested in your child learning an instrument, ring Therese on 1300 366 243 or enrol at www.keyedupmusic.com.au/enrolment-form