Term 2 Week 4 Newsletter

TERM 2 WEEK 4 NEWSLETTER

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

On Wednesday 1st June the school will be closing a 12:00pm to hold our Semester 1 Parent/Teacher meetings. The meetings will run from 12:30-4:50pm in the Multi-Purpose Room. An email will be sent home next week with instructions on how to book your 10 minute time slot. Please remember if you need more time to discuss your child with the teacher make an appointment at another time.

We will be having a Pupil Free Day on Tuesday the 7th June, the day after the WA Day long weekend. Students will resume school on Wednesday 8th June. The staff will be engaged in a day of professional learning to continue to improve their delivery of high impact teaching strategies.

This Saturday, 21st May, we will be holding a Breakfast Busy Bee to finish off the garden centre. The Busy Bee will run from 7:00am-8:30am followed by bacon and egg sandwiches for breakfast. We hope to completely mulch the garden centre and complete a few other jobs around the school. Please try to bring a wheelbarrow, a shovel or a pitchfork. I hope to see you on Saturday morning.

Last Friday we held our Faction Cross Country Championships. It was another very well run carnival by Mr. Kayde. Congratulations to Johns for winning the event and a special mention to all of those students who competed and completed the course. Next Friday, 27th May, we will be competing in the West Kimberley Schools Interschool Cross Country on Cable Beach.

This Wednesday 25th May we will be holding our monthly School Advisory Council meeting in the staffroom at 5:00pm.

Our Lady Queen of the Holy Rosary Pray for Us.
Steve Dowie
Principal

Friday 20th MayAssembly- 1:40 Multi-Purpose Room Year 4 item
Wednesday 25th MaySchool Advisory Council Meeting 5:00pm Staffroom
Friday 27th MayInterschool Cross Country- Cable Beach
Assembly 1:40pm Multi-Purpose Room
Wednesday 1st JuneEARLY CLOSE 12:00pm Parent/Teacher Meetings
Tuesday 7th JunePupil Free Day

TERM 2 WEEK 3 NEWSLETTER

TERM 2 WEEK 3 NEWSLETTER

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

NEW STAFF
As I mentioned in last week’s newsletter, we will be experiencing some staff changes at the start of Semester 2 (Term 3). We have been very fortunate to secure outstanding teachers to replace those leaving and those going on leave. The changes for Semester 3 will be:

Mrs Jesseca FrancisPhysical Education and Digital Technology
Miss Jemima DurmanichYear 5/6
Ms Aoife McCabe4 Year Old Kindy
Mrs Gemma Laurisson3 Year Old Kindy

The process to replace me is currently in progress and we won’t know until early June who will be the new substantive principal at Holy Rosary School.

BREAKFAST BUSY BEE
On Saturday 21st May we will be holding a “Breakfast Busy Bee” to complete the Garden Centre. We will be mulching the entire Garden Centre.

Date:Saturday 21st May
Time:7.00am-8:30am
Bring:Wheelbarrows (borrow one if you don’t have one), shovels, pitchforks and rakes.
Provided:Bacon & egg sandwiches, tea, coffee & orange juice.


There will be a soft official opening to follow breakfast. I look forward to seeing you on the 21st with a wheelbarrow.

EARLY CLOSE
School will close at 12:00pm on Wednesday 1st June for Parent/Teacher meetings. Please put this in your diary. Further information to follow.

PUPIL FREE DAY
On Tuesday 7th June we will have a Pupil Free Day for staff to continue to develop high impact teaching strategies. This is the Tuesday following the WA Day long weekend.

CONTAINERS FOR CHANGE
Please remember to send along your recyclable containers to support your faction and prevent them going to landfill.

CROSS COUNTRY
Tomorrow we will be holding the Faction Cross Country Championships. The event starts at 8:30am and all families are encouraged to attend and support your child(ren) and the school.


DON’T CONSIDER THAT YOUR SCHOOL CAN DO FOR YOU, CONSIDER WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR YOUR SCHOOL.

Our Lady Queen of the Holy Rosary Pray for Us
Steve Dowie
Principal.

IMPORTANT DATES

Friday 13th MayFaction Cross Country- 8:30am- School Oval
Assembly- 1:40pm Multi-Purpose Room
Wednesday 25th MaySchool Advisory Council (Board) Meeting- 5:00pm Staffroom
Friday 27th MayInterschool Cross Country – Cable Beach Primary School
Wednesday 1st JuneEarly Close- 12pm Parent/Teacher Meetings
Tuesday 7th JunePupil Free Day

Term 2 week 2 Newsletter

TERM 2 WEEK 2 NEWSLETTER

Dear Parents/Caregivers,

In our quest to eliminate waste in our school and the Derby community we have joined the Containers for Change project. This means we can recycle drink cans and bottles and raise money for the school at the same time. We are temporarily using tubs, in faction colours, while we are waiting for some faction coloured wheelie bins. Please send in your recyclable containers and remember “Don’t feed the fill.”

Due to four staff changes for next term, Miss Chloe moving to Port Hedland, Mr. Kayde on Long Service Leave, Miss Christine on Maternity Leave and Miss Jenny moving back to Perth, we have employed new staff to replace them. I am pleased to inform you that we have been fortunate to appoint quality staff to replace all of them. I will explain the changes in detail next week when all the paperwork and necessary checks have been carried out.

I would like to thank all of the parents who are supporting our Healthy Eating/Plastic Free initiative. The children enjoy getting their raffle tickets on Waste Wise Wednesday and Waste Free Friday. It has become very noticeable the decrease in the amount of waste in our bins going to landfill. Please help us to help your precious children and our precious environment.

Happy Mothers’ Day to all of our Mums.

Our Lady Queen of the Holy Rosary Pray for Us
Steve Dowie

IMPORTANT DATES

Friday 6th MayAssembly 1:40pm in the Multi-Purpose Room
Monday 10th MayNAPLAN starts
Friday 13th MayFaction Cross Country
Assembly 1:40pm in the Multi-Purpose Room

TERM 2 WEEK 1 NEWSLETTER

TERM 2 WEEK 1 NEWSLETTER

Dear Parents/Caregivers,

I would like to welcome all of our families back to Holy Rosary School for the start of Term 2. I hope you had a wonderful Easter and the opportunity to spend some quality time with your family. Unfortunately, COVID-19 has arrived in Derby and we have a large number of families affected and quite a few students absent to start the new term.

This term we will be exploring our Healthy Eating Policy and single use plastic initiative. You can find the recommended food list in the Parent Handbook, on the attached sheet and on our school website. There are a multitude of benefits by following our policy and initiative. They are: general health, ability to concentrate, able to perform all day, arrest obesity, dental health, lower risk of diabetes, cost and saving our environment. The attached sheet, also available on our website, explains how we are introducing our initiative with Waste Wise Wednesday and Waste Free Friday. Please support this initiative and if you have any questions, please see me.

Our new garden centre, dedicated to the De La Salle Brothers, is nearly complete. We are in the process of setting up our worm farm, compost tumbler and completing our chook pen. The Year 4 class are our Green Team and they have been broken into 4 groups to run the garden centre. The groups are Chook Champs, Worm Warriors, Garden Gurus and Rubbish Rangers. You are welcome to walk through the garden at the back of the kindergarten/Pre-Primary classrooms.

We had a large amount of general maintenance carried out over the holidays. A new garden and lawn areas were established in the early childhood area.

Our Lady Queen of the Holy Rosary Pray for Us

Steve Dowie
Principal

IMPORTANT DATES

Friday 29th AprilAssembly 1:40 in Multi-Purpose Room

·  NOT RECOMMENDED FOOD WILL BE SENT HOME
·  SINGLE USE PLASTIC AND PACKAGING WILL BE SENT HOME
·  START WITH “WASTE WEDNESDAY” AND “WASTE FREE FRIDAY”
·  ON WEDNESDAY AND FRIDAY CHECK LUNCHBOXES DURING CRUNCH & SIP AND IF THERE IS NO SINGLE USE PLASTIC, PACKAGING OR NOT RECOMMENDED FOOD IN THEIR LUNCHBOX WRITE THEIR NAME ON A RAFFLE TICKET AND STORE THEM READY FOR PICK UP FRIDAY BY SRC (PUBLIC RELATIONS)

·  TEACHER TO SEND HOME THE HRS NOTE HIGHLIGHTING THE NOT RECOMMENDED FOOD IN THE CHILD’S LUNCHBOX.

COVID-19 Update

Mr. Steve Dowie

Principal

Holy Rosary School, Derby

08.04.2022

Dear Parents\Carers,

I am writing to advise you that there have been positive cases of COVID-19 in Pre-Primary and Kindergarten at Holy Rosary School which impacts their onsite attendance today and required arrangements to be made for them to be picked up from the school. The Pre-Primary and Kindergarten students will need to isolate for 7 days.

If your child develops symptoms or becomes a household close contact (for example, if a family member is confirmed positive), they must stay home and isolate for 7 days.

You can find out more about what to do if you or your child is a close contact including testing dates at https://healthcloudtrialmaster-15a4d-1711fadea38.force.com/AdviceCloseContacts/s/. COVID-19 PCR testing can be accessed at a COVID Clinic. A list of clinics can be found here: https://www.healthywa.wa.gov.au/COVIDclinics

We are also providing the following advice for all families in our school community:

Holy Rosary School remains open today for all other year groups. As for everyone in Western Australia, we ask that you monitor your child/yourself for symptoms of COVID-19 and get tested and isolate until you receive a negative result, if symptoms develop.

Please note that the Omicron strain can present with less typical symptoms such as diarrhoea, particularly in children. If you or your child develops symptoms, please take a RAT or PCR. This development may make your child feel worried or anxious, as it will many of us who are parents. It is important to remember that you can help your child at this time, first by listening attentively to their concerns, and then by providing some reassurance. As a Catholic School, the safety and wellbeing of our students is always our priority as is showing care and support for all members of our community.

Please refrain from sharing this news via social media and allow the school, CEWA and WA Health to communicate the facts – protecting both the privacy and dignity of all concerned. I will keep you updated when further information is to hand.

Please monitor for further communication from ourselves and WA Health. If you have queries or concerns regarding your child please contact me. If you have health concerns, please contact WA Health on 1300 316 555.

In the interests of safety for the school students and staff ensure enhanced cleaning of any impacted areas will occur, due to the respective areas having been compromised.

Yours sincerely,
Steve Dowie
Principal

TERM 1 WEEK 10 NEWSLETTEr

TERM 1 WEEK 10 NEWSLETTER

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

It is hard to believe that we only have one day left of Term 1. I hope your child/ren and you have had an enjoyable experience at Holy Rosary over the past ten weeks. I wish you all a safe and Christ filled Easter.

Thank you to the parents who have recorded positive COVID-19 results for their children on the CEWA Self-Reporting Portal. I would like to remind you that it is mandated that you must report positive cases of COVID-19 onto the WA Health site WA Health RAT register. Families are also encouraged to continue to load their children’s COVID-19 positive information over the course of the school holidays.

Next term, starting week 1, we will be implementing our Healthy Eating Policy and our Waste Wise initiative. We will have Waste Wise Wednesday and Waste Free Friday where the teachers will check the students’ lunchboxes for single use plastics and packages. Please support our initiatives by only sending items from the Recommended list on our Healthy Eating page of the Parent Handbook. We are working hard to complete our garden centre before the start of Term 2.

This week we have been celebrating the events leading up to Easter. Today the students walked the Stations of the Cross. We did have a liturgy planned to celebrate Passion Sunday but due to COVID-19 restrictions we will not be holding the liturgy or assembly tomorrow.

Happy Easter.

Our Lady Queen of the Holy Rosary Pray for Us
Steve Dowie
Principal

Important Dates

Friday 8th AprilLast Day of Term 1
No Liturgy or Assembly
Tuesday 26th AprilFirst day of Term 2
ANZAC Day service 8:30am

TERM 1 WEEK 9 NEWSLETTER

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

REPORTS
The Term 1 Interim Reports were sent out yesterday electronically. Earlier this week you received information regarding how to access your child’s report. If you are having trouble accessing the reports, please contact the office. I noticed a concerning number of absences on many reports. If your child’s absentee percentage is below 90% there is a cause for concern. Please send your child to school everyday unless they are too unwell to attend.

HEALTHY LUNCHBOX-PLASTIC FREE
In preparation for next term’s Healthy Eating/Plastic Free initiative, please start eliminating any packaging or single use plastic from your child’s lunchbox. Next term, any waste that cannot be fed to the chooks, the worms or composted will be sent home. We aim to minimalise our landfill footprint. Please follow the Healthy Eating recommendations in the Parent Handbook.

HEADLICE
Please check your child’s hair at least once per week for head lice.

BUSY BEE
We held and amazingly successful Busy Bee last Saturday. We achieved everything and more than what I anticipated. We are only waiting on 3 raised garden beds, a garden shed, chook pen and worm farm to complete our new garden center. I would like to thank all the parents, staff and students who attended the Busy Bee. A special thanks to Dave and Jane Miller, Mitre 10, for donating the shade cloth for our temporary greenhouse and Darren and Mel John, Shell, for donating food and drinks for our exhausted workers.
 

Our Lady Queen of the Holy Rosary Pray for Us

Steve Dowie
Principal

IMPORTANT DATES

Wednesday 30th MarchReports sent out electronically
Friday 1st AprilInterschool Basketball (Boys) Broome
Assembly- 1:40pm Multi-Purpose Room
Thursday 7th AprilKindy Liturgy
Friday 8th AprilWhole school Liturgy 8:15am in the Church
Assembly- 1:40pm Multi-Purpose Room
STUDENTS’ LAST DAY TERM 1
Tuesday 26th AprilSTUDENTS’ FIRST DAY TERM 2
ANZAC Day Service- 8:15am Front of school

TERM 1 WEEK 8 NEWSLETTER

Dear Parents/ Caregivers,

BUSY BEE
On Saturday we will be holding a Busy Bee to set up our new garden and clean up around the school. The Busy Bee will run from 8:00am- 11:00am followed by a sausage sizzle. Please bring along wheelbarrows, rakes, shovels and other gardening equipment. I look forward to seeing you on Saturday.

FOOTY THURSDAY
Today we held our Footy Thursday fundraiser for the Year 6 Camp. The students looked great in their team’s colours. Thank you for supporting this fundraiser and making the day a success.

INTER-SCHOOL SWIMMING
Tomorrow we will be taking a swimming squad to Broome to compete in the Inter-School Swimming Carnival. I would like to thank Mr. Kayde for running training sessions in the morning and Miss Jenny for providing breakfast for the swimmers. I would like to wish them good luck and safe travels.

TERM 1 REPORTS
Term 1 Interim Reports will be sent out electronically next week. If you require a hard copy of the report please contact the office on 9161 7200.

OPEN NIGHT
Due to COVID restrictions we have had to cancel our Open Night planned for next Wednesday evening. Please check your reports to see if the teacher has indicated they require a meeting. If you would like to meet with the teacher please make an appointment.

Our Lady Queen of the Holy Rosary Pray for Us

Steve Dowie
Principal

IMPORTANT DATES

Friday 25th MarchInterschool Swimming- Broome Assembly- 1:40pm Multi-Purpose Room
Saturday 26th MarchBusy Bee- 8:00am-11:00am
Wednesday 30th MarchTerm 1 Interim Reports Sent Out Electronically
Friday 1st AprilInterschool Basketball Competition- Broome Assembly – 1:40 Multi-Purpose Room
Friday 8th AprilLast Day of Term 1 for students
Tuesday 26th AprilFirst Day of Term 2 for students

TERM 1 WEEK 7 newsletter

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

With COVID-19 virus cases being reported in Derby I would like to reassure families that we will continue to follow the advice of the WA health and Catholic Education WA in keeping our staff and student safe. We will be sending all families a link to the Self-Reporting Portal for COVID-19. If your child records a COVID-19 positive result notifications to the school must be submitted via the portal and be completed by:

  • Parents/caregiver/guardians on behalf of the child
  • Staff member on behalf of the parent/guardian for a student
  • Staff member, as part of a self-report

We will send the link via SMS and it will be available on our website.

Today we celebrated St Patrick’s Day with a fundraiser for CARITAS. I would like to thank the staff for organising the event and all the families for supporting this worthwhile fundraiser.

The Interschool Swimming Team start training tomorrow in preparation for the carnival in Broome on Friday 25th March.

The Busy Bee to set up our Community Garden will be held on Saturday 26th March from 8am to 11am. Please bring wheelbarrows, rakes, shovels and other gardening gear. The Busy Bee will be followed by a sausage sizzle.

Next Thursday we will be holding Footy Thursday to celebrate the start of the football season. More information will be sent home next Monday.

Our Lady Queen of the Holy Rosary Pray For Us

Steve Dowie
Principal

IMPORTANT DATES:

Friday 18th MarchAssembly 1:40pm Multi-Purpose Room
Wednesday 23rd MarchSAC Meeting – 5:00 pm
Thursday 24th MarchFooty Thursday
Friday 25th MarchInterschool Swimming Carnival
Assembly 1:40pm Multi-Purpose Room
Saturday 26th MarchBusy Bee 8:00am- 11:00am
Wednesday 30th MarchLearning Journey Open Night 5:00pm- 6:30pm
Friday 1st AprilInterschool Basketball Competition- Broome
Assembly 1:40pm Multi-Purpose Room
Friday 8th AprilLast Day of Term 1
Assembly 1:40pm Multi-Purpose Room

TERM 1 WEEK 4 newsletter

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

With the spread of Covid-19 across WA we have been preparing for the possibility of a positive case in our school community. The staff have been preparing work in the case of us having to revert to remote learning. We will keep you updated immediately on any developments in the school. Please do not rely on or believe what you read on social media. Students from year 3- 6 are encouraged to wear masks. Unfortunately, we have not been provided with a supply of masks. Please get vaccinated and if you or your child are sick, please stay home and get tested.

On Tuesday 8th March there will be a Pupil Free Day at Holy Rosary. Teachers will be engaged in a day of professional learning.

It is time for families to consider the option they will choose to pay their school fees. We rely on school fees to provide the necessary resources for your child’s education. If you are uncertain about the payment options please contact our Finance Officer, Gabi.

Swimming lessons for our Year 4-6 students finish today.  It has been a great experience for all of our students. The Faction Swimming Carnival will be held next Friday 4th March. Please put in it in your diary. All families are welcome to attend.

Please do not send along packaged food in your child’s lunch box. They only need two sandwiches and two pieces of fruit for the day. Lollies, chocolate, chips, cakes, muesli bars, fruit boxes and other foods high in sugar, salt and saturated fats are not permitted at school.

On Saturday 26th March we will be holding a Busy Bee to really kick start our community garden. Please put aside a few hours to help out.

Our Lady Queen of the Holy Rosary Pray For Us

Steve Dowie
Principal

Important Dates

Friday 25th FebruaryMass- 7.15am
Assembly in the Multi-Purpose Room- 1:40
Tuesday 1st MarchShrove Tuesday
Wednesday 2nd MarchAsh Wednesday Mass -8:15
Friday 4th MarchFaction Swimming Carnival
Monday 7th MarchPublic Holiday (Labour Day)
Tuesday 8th MarchPUPIL FREE DAY