HOLY ROSARY NEWSLETTER
Term4 Week 6 - 20 November 2020
Week 6 has been an incredibly busy and enjoyable week. On Tuesday we took a look back at the crazy year that has been at our AGM and today we are looking to 2021 and beginning to get excited about the many adventures in store next year.
There has been much to celebrate this year and it has taught me how important being part of a beautiful community like ours really is. We have seen the best in people through such a challenging year and I would like to reiterate my sentiments from the AGM and thank our families, staff, Parish, Board and P&F for their support this year. I would particularly like to acknowledge the efforts of our retiring Board Treasurer Peta Berry who is stepping down this year after many years here at Holy Rosary. Peta has been an amazing Treasurer and supported Lisa our finance officer, Ryan our Board Chair and myself through a huge building project and COVID this year. She is organised, knowledgeable and is amazing with a spreadsheet. We wish Peta, Mike and their whole family all the best as their kids are now all off to highschool.
We also have two of our long serving P&F members leaving us this year and I would like to thank Kristie Denham for being an outstanding Treasurer and providing the P&F with a clam and considered approach to all activities. Jean Williams, P&F secretary (with a child in pretty much every year group) also leaves us this year. Jean volunteers to do pretty much everything while juggling her family and work and I have loved working with her this year. Thanks very much ladies!
I mentioned earlier in the term that we were awaiting a decision about whether we would hold our Christmas Concert this year and in light of the situation here in WA to date, I feel comfortable at the moment that this is something we can go ahead with. The plan will be to hold the Christmas Concert on the evening of Tuesday the 8th December up on the BIG oval. At this stage we will be inviting immediate family members only to ensure our numbers are COVID Safe. It will be a scaled back event, however it should be an opportunity to get together for a family picnic, sing some carols, be entertained by our classes with some fun songs and enjoy each other's company. I will look to send you out some more specific info next week and as always, if plans need to change we will let you know as soon as we can. I understand it is a frustrating situation, however, I think if we keep it simple and safe it will be a really enjoyable night!
That is it for me, I hope your children come home excited and happy from what has been a big day.
Have a great weekend
DATES TO REMEMBER:
Monday 23 November
- Whole School Circus Incursion
- Enrichment Excursion
Wednesday 25 November
- Canteen Thank You Party
Friday 27 November
- Year 5 Assembly & Awards
Friday 4 December
- Swimming Carnival
Monday 7 December
- Graduation Mass 5pm
Tuesday 8 December
- Christmas Concert
Wednesday 9 December
- Big Day Out
Friday 11 December
- End of Term 4 - Free Dress
- Reports available on SEQTA 3pm
MERIT AWARD WINNERS ASSEMBLY 27 NOVEMBER
POLICY AND COMPLIANCE NOTICES
Compliance and Policy
This week in our Compliance and Policy section we are looking at Statements 5 and 6 of the Holy Rosary Code of Conduct:
Conduct Statement 5 - You respect the dignity, culture, values and beliefs of each member of the school community.
Conduct Statement 6 - You treat personal information about members of the school community as private and confidential.6
We are also highlighting the Student Management Policy for parents this week. As a staff we have workshopped this policy and updated it to reflect what we believe is appropriate in our context. We are really lucky to have such beautiful families in our school and policies such as this simply back up the important partnership between families and the school.
St Vincent de Paul Christmas Hampers
Christmas for many of us is a time of happiness and celebration as we gather with our family and friends sharing meals, laughing and chatting as we open presents, however, for people experiencing poverty and disadvantage Christmas can be a challenging time. The Vinnies Christmas Appeal encourages the community to rethink their priorities at Christmas time by helping to give joy and hope to those who need it most.
We are seeking your support through the donation of non-perishable food items. This will enable us to provide families and individuals who turn to St Vincent de Paul over this period with Christmas hampers so they too can share in the joy of Christmas.
- Christmas cakes/puddings/cookies/mince pies
- Chocolates/candies/nuts/ snacks/ nibbles
- Christmas stockings for children
- Soft drinks/juices
- Long life milk/cream
- Long life custards (pouring, not powder)
- Tinned ham/fish/fruit/vegetables
- Bon Bons/crackers
- Baby products
No fresh fruits/vegetables. No meats
All items will be collected in each classroom and donated to St Vincent de Paul on Thursday
All orders must be completed by Friday 4 December.
Please note: Orders are delivered bulk to the school (K to Yr 3) for FREE if placed before Friday 4th December. Yrs 4-6 will be delivered to your home address.
Any orders placed after 4th December can ONLY BE POSTED TO THE HOME ADDRESS and will incur a late fee of $8.00.
PASTORAL CARE AND STUDENT WELLBEING NEWS
Council Groups have finished for 2020. I would like to thank our amazing year 6s and their teachers Kate O’Neill and David Edwards for all they have achieved under unusual circumstances. Whilst we sadly were unable to visit the Convent and Church, the students did get to help out in the classrooms in terms 1 and 4, plant some veggies and herbs for Mrs Wightman in the Canteen, work on improving the Veritas gardens and run some wonderful events for our community. All students have benefitted from the paper plane competition, talent show, on site disco, and staff vs students basketball game, which was held last Wednesday in the school gym (see students’ video below). These all inclusive events have been appreciated more than ever in 2020 and we are grateful for the time and effort put in to make school extra fun! Congratulations and best wishes to our 2020 Graduating Class. You are amazing!!
Christmas has come to the library giving our students a chance to borrow some festive books. Next week, week 7, is our last borrowing week, with all books to be returned or replaced by week 8 please. If you have any queries about outstanding or overdue books, please email me so I can double check at my end and resolve it with you asap.
“I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.”– Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol
P & F NEWS
FAMILY FUN NIGHT
Just a reminder that we would love to hear your feedback about the evening, so please complete the short survey below to help us plan for next year.
Netball 2021 Expression of Interest and AGM
If your son or daughter will be in Years 2 - 6 in 2021 and is interested in playing netball please complete the google form in the link below to register your interest. Information around playing days, training days etc will be communicated in Term 1 next year once we have been advised by Perth Netball Association.
The Holy Rosary Netball Club AGM - Monday 23 November 2020 at 7pm
A reminder that the Holy Rosary Netball Club AGM is this Monday night at 7pm in the school staff room. We are seeking interested people to help run our club and ensure our children have the opportunity to have fun.
Below is a list of positions which we are hoping to fill.
- Vice President
- Uniform Coordinator
- Equipment Coordinator
- SetSetGo Coordinator
- Junior Coordinator
- Umpire Coordinator
- Coaching Coordinator
If you would like to know more information regarding these positions please contact Narelle Foster on email@example.com. We look forward to seeing you all there to support our club.
WEEKEND MASS TIMES
Sunday: 8am, 10am and 5:30pm