Next Monday, 25th March, is the feast of The Annunciation which celebrates the actual Incarnation of Our Lord, the Word made flesh in the womb of his mother, Mary. In Luke’s Gospel, the angel Gabriel announces to Mary that she is to become the mother of Jesus. Mary’s response was: “Let it be done to me according to your word”. Despite not knowing what the future would hold for her, Mary trusted in God’s plan and said ‘Yes’ to God. It is timely, in this season of Lent, that we look to Mary as an example for our lives and ask ourselves the important questions: Am I listening to the messages God is sending me? What is the special part that God wants me to play in my life? Have I said ‘yes’ to God?
On 19th March, St Joseph, spouse of Mary, was honoured. St Joseph has been described as the silent man of the Gospels in line with the great men of faith of the Old Testament – a just man and a righteous man of integrity. St Joseph is recognised as the patron saint of fathers and families, of bursars and manual workers; especially carpenters.
These feast days pay homage to such wonderful parents, Mary and Joseph. Parenting is such a complex, challenging, rewarding and ever-changing role and we are blessed to have the gift of Mary and Joseph as a timeless example of parenting with unconditional love. We pray blessings on all parents and pray that they may be guided by the Spirit in being the best possible role models for their children.
Emergency Evacuation and Lockdown Drills
From time to time, the school conducts emergency evacuation and lock-down drills so that everyone in the school can become familiar with effective procedures in the unlikely event of a real emergency. On Friday 5th April (Week 9), weather permitting, we will stage a practice evacuation drill and assemble on the school oval. The teachers will prepare the children for the evacuation so that they know what to expect and how to respond during the drill. Please have a conversation with your children to assure them that there is no need to be concerned and that these drills are a necessary part of learning how to stay safe.
ACU Undergraduate Program
On Wednesday, we welcomed several student teachers from the Australian Catholic University who will be completing their first Practicum with us over a period of weeks. We are sure that they will learn great things at our school that can be put into practice now and in the future. We welcome these students and hope their practicum experiences provide rich insights into our Catholic schools, Catholic tradition and the profession of teaching.
Next term, we will host the school’s Open Day on Wednesday 8th May. Visitors will be welcome to come and have a look around the school at any time during the day between the hours of 9am and 1pm. Enrolment Packs are available from the Front Office. If you have a younger child who is commencing school in 2020, please collect an information pack from the Front Office. If you have friends whom you know are interested in enrolling at Rosary, please let them know about the enrolment period and Open Day and inform them that packs are available from the school. Your help in spreading the word is greatly appreciated.
Vicky van der Sanden
Catholic Schools 2019 Enrolment Period For All Catholic Schools
The Catholic Schools Enrolment Period is from Monday 6 May – Friday 24 May (Weeks 2 – 4 inclusive, Term 2) for students commencing in 2020. If you know of anyone outside of our school community who has a child at a Pre-school or Early Learning Centre, please notify them of the opportunity to enrol at Rosary Primary School during the above period.
Year 6 participated in a beautiful Mass at ACU Chapel today to celebrate their leadership role within the school. The students participated reverently in all aspects of the Mass. Thank you to Fron Garret and Tim O’Brien for their work in preparing such a memorable Mass for the students. Thank you to Fr Kieran for celebrating the Mass and to everyone who was able to attend.
Year 5 Grade Mass
Year 5 will participate in Mass next week - Thursday 28 March, ACU Chapel at 10am. All welcome!
Fundraising for Project Compassion
Thank you to the families who have already donated to this appeal. Thank you also to the students who have done something extra at home (or gone without a treat) to raise money so far. We will continue this appeal until Easter so if you haven’t already done so, please give generously.
Every class has a Project Compassion box for donations.
A new year sees a few changes to the positions within the school community Council.
The Council and the broader Rosary community would like to thank Sandra Flynn for all her work over the last year as Council Treasurer.
We have been lucky to have four new members join the team this year; Mayura Kain will take over the treasurer role, while Elizabeth Blue, Jasmine Moktan and Elaina Lobendahn are the new parent representatives.
2019 Community Council positions:
Matt Kelly – Chair
Jackie Brady – Deputy Chair and Fundraising
Lucy Steen – Secretary
Mayura Kain – Treasurer
Elizabeth Blue - Parent representative
Jasmine Moktan - Parent representative
Elaina Lobendahn- Parent representative
2019 will be a big year for Rosary as we host the Catholic Schools Netball Carnival in October. This major fundraising opportunity only comes around every 20 years, so I would encourage everyone to lend a hand so we can raise as much money as possible.
Congratulations to the following students who received a BEST award in week 6:
Sofia Brusic, Eve Andonovski, Kiersten Bolanos, Lucas Valdivia, Louis Monahan, Hannah Tansley, Edmund O’Donoghue, Jake Harmer, Luka Spoljaric, Sam Flynn, Sophia Aroguma, Luke Whitfield, Aria Wallace, Christiano Ribbeiro-D’Elia and Oliver Macnab.