- Principals Report
- Holy Rosary Catholic School Digital Citizenship & ICT Agreement
- Changes to the Daily Timetable and Morning Routines
- School Uniform
- Canteen Closure
- Commencement Liturgy
- Setup for Success
- Welcome BBQ
- Parent Teacher Student Goal Setting
- Safety for Children
- Save The Date
- Term Dates for 2020
- Community News
- Term 1 2020 Assemblies and Liturgies
- Term 1 2020 Upcoming Events
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.
God of wisdom and might,
we praise you for the wonder of our being,
for mind, body and spirit.
Be with our children as they begin a new school year.
Bless them and our staff and our community.
Give them strength and grace as their bodies grow,
wisdom and knowledge to their minds as they search for understanding,
and peace and zeal to their hearts.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord.
This year the Student Digital Citizenship & ICT Agreement forms have been issued to all Kinder to Grade 6 families as a Google Form instead of the traditional hard copy. These are issued to all students annually and must be signed by the child (Grade 3-6) and parent to enable use of the School’s Digital Technologies and ICT. The Agreement includes information about expectations and responsibilities for using Digital Technologies and ICT, including Care and Responsibility, Internet Usage, Privacy, Netiquette and Social Networking. Please note that while all parents are required to sign for their child, only Grade 3-6 students are asked to sign as well. All students spend time with their Teacher at the start of the year discussing these responsibilities. Please submit the following Student Digital Technologies Agreement Google Form before Friday 14th February:
We thank families for taking the time to respond. Students will be unable to access Digital Technologies and ICT at Holy Rosary Catholic School in 2020 unless the Student Digital Technologies and ICT Google Form has been signed. If you are having difficulties accessing the form or need assistance please contact the school office.
As a result of research from our playground data and the restrictions within our eating spaces we have made a decision to make some changes to our daily timetable. The main change is that students will go immediately out for recess play at 10.55 and at 11.20 a bell will sound and they will return to their classrooms and have a set 10 minute eating time with their teacher. We ask parent support in ensuring that all students are in classrooms ready to commence by 8.40 which is the start of our teaching time.
The timetable for our daily routines is listed below:
|8:20 - 8:30am||Supervision on asphalt area (No running, handballs or device usage)|
No students are to be outside playing after 8:30. All students must be in classrooms completing quiet reading or preparing for the day
|8:40am||Commencement of school day and specialist lessons|
|10:00 (approx)||Fruit break|
|10:55am||Recess Play Bell|
|11:20am||All students return to class to eat recess supervised by class teachers|
|11:30am||Eating Time concludes|
|1:00pm||Lunch - supervised|
|1:40pm||Return to class|
|1:40 - 1:50pm||Whole school quiet time|
|2:50pm||End of School Day|
It has been so wonderful to see our students return to school wearing their uniform with such pride and correctly. Unfortunately we continue to have the same issues in relation to shoes and wearing of sports uniform for Grade 3 to 6 students on days that are not sports days. As a reminder:
- Students from Grade 3 to 6 must wear black formal school shoes with the formal uniform to and from school. Skate shoes, or black sport shoes with a white sole are not suitable. This has been made explicit in all communication with parents over a number of years and unfortunately continues to be an issue. Students may change into sports shoes during the day for morning tea and lunch.
- The new rugby top is now the only rugby top to be worn, we have had a two year change over period and this has now ceased.
- Students may wear either the blue hat or the newer maroon hat. Grade 6 students may wear their Aussie Sports Leaders caps or House Caps.
- All Kindergarten to Grade 2 students will be in the sports uniform each day. Grade 2 students are still in the transition phase of this change over
- Students from Grade 3 to 6 are only to be in sports uniform on designated Sports Days. If for any reason a student needs to wear the incorrect uniform a note must be provided by parents to the class teacher. Students in the upper grades who continue to wear the incorrect uniform will be issued with minor level slips.
From the 24th to 27th February we will be holding Student/Parent Goal Setting Interviews with the class teacher. Each student must accompany their parent/guardian to these 10 to 15 minute interviews and work together to set goals for the 2020 school year. The process of setting goals allows students to choose where they want to go in school and what they want to achieve. By knowing what they want to achieve, they know what they have to concentrate on and improve. Goal setting gives students long-term vision and short-term motivation. Having sharp, clearly defined goals, which students can measure, will allow them to take pride in accomplishing those goals. They can see clear forward progress in what might have seemed a long drawn out process. By setting goals students can: improve their academic performance, increase their motivation to achieve, increase pride and satisfaction in performance and improve their self-confidence. Further information will be sent home shortly.
Please note that parking within the school grounds is for staff only and those with a disabled parking permit. There are some diagonal parking spaces opposite the EYC but all other parking is on the Church Car Park or behind the shops. Parents should not be driving through the car park during school times. We do not apologise for putting student safety first and it's therefore important that parents remember to use the Car Park and Kiss and Drop appropriately.
Naturally at the start of any school year there is an increase in traffic when picking up students. We thank all families for their continued patience during this time.
Our Parish Community will be hosting a fundraising evening on St Patrick's Day, Tuesday March 17th. Come along and celebrate a night of LIVE Irish music and food. Tickets will be available at Claremont RSL and Claremont Post Office. Online booking will also be available.
Watch this space
Family Fun Day
On Saturday 29 February, a Family Fun day will be held at Kingston Primary School Oval from 10am to 2pm. We wish to share the Adventure Patch Spirit with the whole community. This free community event is for all families to celebrate with us.
Kids Bike Day
Learn To Surf
Soccer Skill Acquisition Program
|1:45pm||Whole School||Grade 6|
Ash Wednesday Mass
|12:00pm||Grades 3 and 6|
|12:00pm||Grades 2 and 6PJ|
|12:00pm||Grades 2 and 6L & 6W|
|12:00pm||Grades 3 and 5R|
|1:45pm||Whole School||Grade 5|
|12:00pm||Grades 3 and 5T|
|12:00pm||Grades 1 and 4MH|
|1:45pm||Whole School||Grade 4|
|Monday 17th February||
Commencement Liturgy at 1:45pm
|Friday 21st February||
Postponed due to the number of Building Works
|Monday 9th March||Eight Hour Day Public Holiday|
|Tuesday 17th March||
HRCS St Patrick's Day Fundraiser
St Bernards Parish St Patrick's Day Fundraiser
|Friday 20th March||HRCS Swimming Carnival - Grades 3-6|
|Monday 23rd March - Thursday 2nd April||Swimming Program - Grades 3-6|
|Friday 3rd April||STCPSSA Swimming Carnival|
|Monday 6th April||Easter Hat Parade - Kinder to Grade 2|
|Thursday 9th April||End of Term 1|
|Friday 10th April||Good Friday|
|Sunday 12th April||Easter Sunday|
|Monday 27th April||Term 2 Begins|
Please refer to the Website Calendar for WHOLE SCHOOL events and your Compass App for individual class events. These can be downloaded onto your smart phone and then viewed through the Browser or through your computer. These calendars are updated on a regular basis.