HOLY ROSARY NEWSLETTER
Term 2 Week 3 - 15 May 2020
Happy Friday Everyone!
Hope you are all doing well and are looking forward to some of the restrictions being lifted next week. We have been treated to some amazing weather over the past week and it has been so nice to take Fred out for a walk around the school at break times and chat to all our awesome students. There is a real energy around our school with everyone so happy to be back! Again, I apologise this was not sent yesterday, however, with a bit of extra time, a nice glass of red and a good sleep I feel like I have got all the important and relevant information down clearly.
On the 11th May, following a comprehensive School Readiness Review of all Catholic schools in Western Australia, Catholic Education Western Australia determined that Catholic schools across the State would return to face to face classroom teaching and learning for all students from Monday, 18th May.
Yesterday, Premier Mark McGowan and Minister Sue Ellery also provided clarity in relation to school attendance and operations for all schools, effective Monday, 18 May. Parents are therefore advised that all students in all Western Australian schools, including Catholic schools, are required to attend school, unless they are unwell, or have a medical referral to continue their learning from home.
Students may only continue to learn from home if they, or a member of their immediate family, are immune-compromised or are otherwise considered ‘at-risk’ medically. Parents of children in these situations, who plan to keep their children home to continue learning remotely, are asked to contact the Office at email@example.com as soon as possible (if you haven’t already), before classes commence on Monday.
Once we have a clearer idea who these students may be we will plan accordingly. As teachers will be face to face teaching all day as of the 18th May, these students will continue to be supported by school staff, however it is important for parents to understand that, while we will do our very best, students may not be engaged in exactly the same learning program delivered in classrooms.
Since the start of Term Two, we have been planning for all students to return to classroom learning as soon as recommended by Government and health authorities. As the health and safety of all our students and staff is our highest priority, we have now introduced a range of sustainable cleaning, hygiene and safety measures and have made some changes to our school practices that are designed to minimise risks of COVID-19 transmission in our school environment now and into the future.
While it has certainly been a very challenging time for us all, it is wonderful seeing children return to school, keen to learn and appreciative of being back in the classroom and school environment. With children returning to school, parents returning to work and restrictions slowly beginning to be lifted, it is a time for ongoing vigilance and optimism.
We all have much to feel proud of and grateful for and I believe we can now look forward with greater optimism to what we hope will be a calm, settled, healthy, productive and enjoyable term ahead. If your child is at all worried about attending school, or concerned about COVID-19, please check out the resources prepared by CEWA’s Psychology Team here: https://covid19.cewa.edu.au/wellbeing/.
You are also encouraged to get in touch with your child’s teacher if you have any concerns about how your child is coping with being back at school or if you require any further information or support.
We are all really looking forward to resuming classroom learning together next week and I once again thank you for your support, patience and trust during a time of so much change and upheaval. It is a real privilege to be part of such a fantastic community, where everyone plays their part in ensuring our students continue to be safe and well supported - academically, physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually.
PICK UP AND DRIVE THROUGH
Can I please start this section with… I know it is a massive pain, it is frustrating at times and it is far from perfect! However, these rules are out of our control and we are getting everyone through by 8.50am or so and by 3.20pm in the afternoon which I think is pretty slick for a school of 450 students. Overwhelmingly, everyone has been amazing, however, we have had a few instances where the frustration has got the better of people. Can I please remind everyone that we are deploying many extra staff on duty to keep it safe and to be compliant with the regulations. Kindness, respect and a deep breath every now and then go a long way and our AMAZING staff are doing their best!
A reminder that:
Drop off between 8.30am and 9am
Pick Up between 3.05pm and 3.20pm
Please do not get out of your car. Enjoy the valet service.
If your child is not down in the drive-through to pick up when you get there, please park or do a lap, but do not get out of the car. We are doing our best to ensure students are there well before 3.05pm.
UPDATE TO BUILD
While it may look like things have come to a halt up the top, much has been happening behind the scenes. Aleana and I have been meeting with the architect (online) to lock in some of the smaller details in order to finalise the tender process. We hope to hand the site over to the builder in the next few weeks so that the building can begin. At this stage we are slightly behind schedule, however, in the current climate I am really happy with how we are tracking.
Finally, I ask that you continue to support our staff as they begin the task of assessing your child’s needs and planning to meet them comprehensively and sensitively in the year ahead. We will be emphasising a mindset of - persistence, having a go, working hard, cooperating and collaborating, and seeing mistakes as daily learning opportunities. We will also be reinforcing the high expectation we have of treating others with care and respect, as children re-enter the school environment and navigate their way through friendships and relationships.
And so the journey begins! Again...
Covid - KSC/Vinnies Food drive
P & F NEWS
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
I have loved being able to supply library books to our students (and reading their gorgeous notes) during these uncertain times, but I am even happier that next week I can welcome them back into our Library space. From next week, week 4, along with the opening of public library spaces, our library will open to our HR students. Classes will return to their own library days and will need to make sure they bring their books in on the correct day and put them in the classroom trolley before 9.30am. Strict hygiene practices will be used with all returns being done once a day then being put into isolation until the next week. Students will sanitize their hands before book browsing and the library will continue to be cleaned regularly through out the day. Thanks so much for your support so that we can keep our library safe and functioning. HOORAY!!
“You can’t pick out the pieces and leave the rest. Being part of the whole thing, that’s the blessing.” – Tuck Everlasting,
Book Club Term 2
Book club is still available this term. Use this link to access the catalogue and then just order online as per normal. The books will be delivered straight to your home address and NOT to school. There is a $6 delivery fee if you wish to make an order. Orders are due on the 18th May.
Our Lady of the Rosary Parish
Parish Office - 9446 2055
Father Peter Hoang OP - 0411 381 199
OFFICE OPEN ON TUESDAYS AND WEDNESDAYS
UFO Craft in the stay at home period.
UFO Crafters using our ”stay at home” time productively
Since June last year our members have all been very busy and creative. We have the first completed items from Terese and Marnie a rush of rugs from Anne Eddy, Miriam’s works of art, Mary’s colourful crochet rugs, my Snuggly Rugglies, and five large crochet rugs from Ann. (a very new member, whose fingers were busy while tending her sick husband during 2019.)
With the sudden “stay at home” edict some members rapidly bought in the yarn they needed. I collected the remaining donated wool and set it up in the boot of my car. Thus when the situation improved it was available to members, safely.
As a result we have just been able to hand on 26 beautiful rugs. They have been welcomed by St Vincent de Paul in their Stirling Shop to be used effectively in winter 2020.
NEWMAN COLLEGE - ENROLMENT FOR YEAR 7 2023
Applications are now invited for enrolment into Year 7 2023
Please contact the College Registrar – firstname.lastname@example.org to request an Application for Enrolment Form
Applications close 1 June 2020