- Principals Report
- Mid Year Reports
- Inter-schools Cross Country
- News from Grade 2
- Edu.Cat STEM
- Music Assembly
- Woolworths Earn and Learn
- Pupil Free Day
- Grade 7 Enrolment Timeline
- Uniform Shop
- Upcoming Events
- HRCS Quiz Night
- Plush Toys and Beanies
- Lost Property
- Holiday Happenings
- Term 2 2019 Upcoming Events
Over the past two weeks I have had the pleasure of reading each student’s report from Prep to Grade 6. While there is no doubt this is an extremely time consuming task it is also an incredibly rewarding task for two main reasons.
Firstly I am absolutely in awe of the amount of time, thought and care that each teacher has taken with each individual report. Secondly it is a privilege to be able to read of each student’s strengths and achievements and the progress made.
On Wednesday 26th June and Thursday 27th June when reports are issued on line and in hard copy I hope everyone celebrates with their child/ren when they read the mid-year reports. Every child has put in effort, and every child has shown progress in at least some aspect of their learning. Could some have done more? Probably, but this is the chance to set goals for the second part of the year, to reinforce the discussions held at school about valuing and using learning time, taking responsibility, having a go, doing your best. Student reports provide an opportunity to refocus and set improvement goals.
Optional Parent Teacher interviews for Prep to Grade 6 will be taking place in the last week of Term 2. For our Kindergarten students compulsory parent teacher interviews will be occurring in Week 2 of Term 3. These interviews will strengthen the partnership between school and home, ensuring that we all work together to assist your child to reach their full potential.
We tend to judge things not as they are but as we are. Our feelings, our prejudices, even our health can be like coloured glasses that distort how we view life. Most people reading this live most of the time in an abundance that most people in our world can only dream of. Yet do we walk around contented, full of joy at our abundant good luck? I’ll leave you to answer that question.
In the Gospel, Jesus always works with abundance. He turns gallons of water into wine at the Wedding Feast and he multiplies a few scraps of bread into enough for five thousand. Even more amazingly, he makes his agonising death into the sign of his overflowing, relentless love.
This coming Sunday we celebrate the Feast of the Body and Blood of Our Lord. On this day, we strive to appreciate the abundance that we receive when we come to Communion. Yes, in the form of this little piece of bread, this little sip of wine we believe that Jesus comes to us in all his fullness, with all his love. We may well find Mass boring, because ritual often is – that is until you ‘get it’ and one only gets it by moving out of our comfort zone and trying to appreciate the meaning of the words and actions. They are so rich; we struggle to hold them with our minds and hearts. Too much, even though it feels like too little.
We can live abundant lives – no matter the circumstances. We can begin by recognising just what we are given each and every day: the beauty of our children, the countryside in which we live, the food we have. As we recognise, so we praise and when we praise our minds and hearts widen making them even more capable of living abundant lives.
let me appreciate the abundance in which I live.
As I appreciate may I give generously in love,
as you have given to me.
I ask this in your name, confident that God will hear me.
Sr Kym Harris
Over the coming weeks and during Term 3 a number of staff will be taking their long service and other leave entitlements. This will mean some changes to the leadership and teaching staff. One of the wonderful things about our school is that we have a group of relief staff who have been with us for many years and know our processes and students very well.
I will be on leave from Monday 8th July until Monday 2nd September. During this time Mrs Lauren McCallum has been appointed by Catholic Education Tasmania to the role of Acting Principal. Lauren is to be congratulated on this appointment and I feel extremely fortunate to know that our school will be in such caring and capable hands. I know all parents in our community will give Lauren their full support. As Lauren steps into the role of Acting Principal Mrs Gemma Bennett will take on the role of Acting Deputy Principal. Mrs Andrea Quick will be replacing Gemma in Kindergarten B.
Mrs Donna French will be on leave from Monday 24th June and will return at the commencement of Term 3. Mr Matt Hunter will be teaching in Grade 3F during this time. Mr John Rickwood will be on leave from Monday 24th June and will return on Monday 29th July. Mr Markus Bucher will be teaching Grade 5R during Mr Rickwood’s leave.
Mrs Catherine Perkins will be on leave from Monday 22nd July till Friday 9th August and Mrs Jessica George will be on leave from Monday 5th August to Friday 27th September. During these times of leave, Mrs Lisa Cooper will be working five days a week, Miss Rachel French will be covering Mrs Perkins for the three weeks of her leave and then move into the co-teacher role. Miss Emma Reardon will also be teaching in Prep during this time.
Mrs Wendy Werner will be commencing her long service leave on Wednesday 3rd July and will not be returning to Holy Rosary Catholic School. After 19 years of wonderful service to our school, Mrs Werner will be retiring. We will be farewelling and celebrating Mrs Werner over the coming weeks and I know many parents and students are very grateful for all she has done for them over many years.
I wish all staff who are taking leave a restful and enjoyable time and I thank parents for their understanding and support during this time.
So many of our students past and present are doing incredible things and we would love to celebrate and acknowledge this more. If you have an achievement you would like to share with us either through our newsletter or our Facebook page send through to firstname.lastname@example.org with a photo and a short description.
Congratulations to some of our Grade 5 boys who travelled to Launceston with their families to compete in the Launceston Basketball Classic Championship.
Reports for Prep to Grade 6 students will be issued online through the Compass Portal on Wednesday 26th June. Printed copies will be sent home on Thursday 27th June. Optional parent teacher interviews for Prep to Grade 6 will be held on Tuesday 2nd July and Thursday 4th July. To access reports through Compass, follow the instructions linked here:
In Grade Two we have been exploring coding, using our iPads.
The coding program we have been exploring, teaches basic programming concepts such as loops and events. It also teaches students to collaborate with others meaningfully, investigate different problem-solving techniques, persist in the face of difficult tasks, and learn about internet safety.
Last week, students from Kinder to Grade 6 welcomed the Ten Lives Cat Centre Educators to work with us. We learnt about being responsible cat owners and how we can create social change in how we care for them and protect our wildlife. Students will work on STEM challenges in the coming weeks to showcase their learning. The Edu.Cat STEM program is run free in schools and is fully linked to the Australian Curriculum.
Today our Kinder to Grade 2 students performed in our music assembly. A big thankyou to our talented music teacher Mrs Claire Williams for all her hard work in preparing the students to perform such wonderful pieces.
Attached below is some video footage of our Kinder class getting really involved in our Assembly.
We are excited to be taking part in the 2019 Woolworths Earn & Learn program.
During the previous campaign, we were able to purchase some great resources with the points we earned, thanks to you.
From May 1st until June 25th 2019, you can collect stickers at Woolworths that go towards Earn & Learn points. For every $10 you spend at Woolworths (excluding the purchase of tobacco, liquor and gift cards), you will receive a sticker. These stickers can then be given to your children to collect on a special sticker sheet. Once it is completed, they can simply bring it back here to school or you can drop them into your local Woolworths collection box.
The more points we earn, the more we can redeem from a choice of over 10,000 educational resources including mathematics and English resources, art & crafts materials and much, much more!
We are grateful for your support and look forward to a successful program. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask at the School Office.
Tuesday 25th June
All Schools Cross Country Symmons Plains
Year 5 Dominic Taster Day
Thursday 27th June
Reports Go Home
Friday 28th June
KB Excursion to Bridgewater Library
Grade 5/6 Football & Netball Round Robin
Tuesday 2nd July and Thursday 4th July
Optional Parent Teacher Interviews
Thursday 4th July
SRC Free Dress Day - KP
Friday 5th July
SRC Free Dress Day - KB & Prep to Grade 6
End of Term 2
Sunday 7th July - Sunday 14th July
For more important dates in Terms 3 and 4 please refer to the Schoolzine App Calendar for whole school events and your Compass App for individual class events. These can be downloaded onto your smart phone and/or computer. These calendars are updated on a regular basis.