- Principals Report
- Grade 6 Awards
- End of Term Awards
- Teaching Staff Structure for 2020
- Uniform Changes 2020
- Uniform Shop
- Thank you from the HRCS Board
- Christmas Carols
- Congratulations to our 2020 School Leaders
- HRCS Christmas Raffle
- Important changes to school bus timetables and routes for 2020
- Term Dates for 2020
Dear Parents and Guardians
Last week I sent home a letter of welcome to all in our community and stated that this is not our usual organised start to the year, it is exactly the opposite. No one has not been impacted by the events in the holidays and many of us are feeling vulnerable, myself included. However despite this I firmly believe that we will do as we always do and support each other, we will be patient when tempers fray and people may snap, we will remember that these things are not personal and we will do what we always do so well, provide a safe, supportive and enriching learning environment for our students and work in partnership together to do this.
Our school looks very different to 2019. The devastating impact of the fire on Monday 6th January has been felt by all in our community. I need to acknowledge and send my eternal gratitude to Lauren McCallum, Sue Reardon, Cameron Brown (CET Director of Southern School Services), Sean Gill (Acting Executive Director - Catholic Education Tasmania) and Adam Mulcahy (Manager - Facilities - Catholic Education Tasmania) who formed the crisis team for those initial days following the fire. Adam Mulchay our CET Facilities Manager and Sue Reardon- our Business Manager have worked countless hours managing the site and the requirements for building and ordering and we would not have been where we are without their coordination.
As the Principal of our school I have been overwhelmed by the support of our parents and wider community. Please know how deeply we have appreciated the positive, encouraging and affirming messages on our facebook page, personal messages and the way in which each parent as they arrived on Thursday thanked us all for the work we have done in the past four weeks and recognised what an achievement it was to be ready for our students.
On behalf of the school community I would like to extend a special welcome to our Kindergarten children and to students who are commencing at Holy Rosary Catholic School for the very first time. We also welcome to our Holy Rosary Catholic School community Mrs Emma Reid (Prep - Monday - Wednesday), Miss Zoe Walter (Grade 6W - Monday - Friday), Mrs Raegan Rajpal (Support Staff), Mrs Danielle Previdi (Support Staff) and Miss Naomi Wakefield (Administration Trainee).
Over the coming days information in relation to our 2020 school year will be sent home via Compass Parent Portal. Please continue to monitor and read any information in order to ensure you are aware of all school events and happenings. This year our Grade level handbooks will be combined with our annual Parent Handbook and will be sent home within the next week. In addition our school website at www.holyrosary.tas.edu.au will have copies of all relevant information for 2020.
In 2017 we made a decision as a school to commence our own Birth to 5 Program and in making this decision there was one staff member who I felt could commence, develop and grow this program in a way that would make a significant difference to our community. That person was Mrs Libby Piesse. Libby took what was an idea and developed a program that has catered for over 70 families and provided an outstanding experience of welcoming, learning and play experiences for the young members of our community. Our Village Birth to 5 program was one of the first in Catholic Education Tasmania to receive and come under the banner of Set Up for Success. On Tuesday evening, we had the opportunity to recognise Libby’s dedication to our Birth to 5 program and the work she has done in this space. In 2020 Libby will working in other grade levels in the school and Mrs Jessica George will be our Birth to 5 teacher and coordinator.
Libby’s contribution and passion has established an exceptional program for our very youngest community members.
Thank you Libby.
In response to a survey sent earlier in the year, combined with data gathered from other Catholic and Independent schools, a decision has been made that students will move into the formal uniform at the commencement of their Primary Year's Education in Grade 3. This decision has been made in consultation with the Board. Students from Kindergarten to Grade 2 will wear the sports uniform each day. As with any change to the uniform, we are conscious of the need to transition to this change for parents who may have already purchased a uniform for students in Grade 1 for 2020 and propose the following:
Students going into Grade 1 continue wearing the sports uniform from Prep.
If parents have already purchased or do have a formal uniform they may also wear this in Grade 1 for 2020
Students have the option to continue to wear the formal uniform for the year or the sports uniform.
All students in Grade 1 to wear the sports uniform only
All students in Grade 2 to wear the sports uniform only.
In addition to this change and once again in response to feedback the decision has also been made to make the purchase of the school formal jumper and or formal vest an optional extra. These items will continue to be on sale and we strongly encourage the wearing of the school formal jumper on cold days as no other jumper will be permitted to be worn in its place. However, we acknowledge that this as an additional cost when the majority of the students are wearing the navy softshell jacket.
The navy blue soft shell jacket will, therefore, become a compulsory item and we will also be including a navy blue soft shell vest as an optional extra.
As previously advised when the decision was made to change the rugby top all students should be completing the transition into the new navy rugby top by the commencement of 2020.
The uniform shop closed on Thursday 28th November 2019 to enable stocktake and back to school orders to be processed.
Purchases can still be made via the QKR App until Thursday 12th December 2019.
A reminder that there is now a limit of ONE ITEM OFF THE SHELF for purchases from the uniform shop with further quantities going on back order to allow for all the pre-orders to be processed.
The Uniform Shop will be open on the following days for the collection of pre-ordered and any uniform requirements you may require.
Wednesday 29 January 2020 by appointment only for new families
(contact Jacki on 6275 5200 for an appointment)
Thursday 30 January 2020 between 9:00am – 12 noon
Friday 31 January 2020 between 9:00am – 12 noon
Tuesday 4 February 2020 between 9:00am – 12 noon
On behalf of Holy Rosary Catholic School, the school board would like to thank all the volunteers for the time and effort you have contributed this year.
Our school Events and Sporting activities would not have been a success without the dedication and hard work of people like you. The difference your effort makes to our children, parents and community is immense
Once again, Holy Rosary Catholic School thanks you for your efforts and contribution. We look forward to doing it all again next year.
Merry Christmas and All the best for the New Year.
Chair of Holy Rosary Catholic School Board
On Friday evening we hosted our Holy Rosary Catholic School Christmas Carols. We were led in our singing beautifully by the Choir and Mrs Claire Williams and Ms Adrienne Reeve. It was a wonderful evening and we had a surprise visitor at the end who delighted the children. A huge thank you to Mrs Claire Williams for her organisation of this evening and the Parent Circle for their support. Special thanks also to Mrs Karen Rossendale, Mrs Belinda McCreghan and Mrs Lisa Falzon for their organisation of our Christmas Raffle. Winners of the raffle have been notified.
When school returns in 2020, there will be some changes to school bus routes and timetables.
These changes are part of the Department of State Growth’s broader review of public transport services, and will apply to dedicated school bus services and public bus services accessed by students.
To help students and their carers prepare, a summary of the changes, including a list of schools by region is now available on https://www.transport.tas.gov.au/busreview/changes_to_school_bus_routes_and_timetables_for_2020.
School Principals are requested to circulate the above information to students before the end of the 2019 school year (if still possible) to help raise awareness of where students and parents can access information about changes that may affect them for Term 1 in 2020, and to do send out a reminder closer to the start of the school year in 2020.
For more information, school principals should contact the Department of State Growth.
For dedicated school bus services:
Andrew Mullen Phone: 6166 4470 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For public bus services accessed by students:
Passenger Transport team Phone: 6166 3343 or email email@example.com