Dear Parents/ Caregivers,

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.

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.

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 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.

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


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


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

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

TERM 1 WEEK 3 newsletter

Dear Parents and caregivers,

Last night we held our first School Advisory Council (Board) meeting for 2022. At the first meeting of the year, we elect the executive for the SAC and I’m pleased to inform you that the following is our 2022 SAC executive:

Chairperson- Lisa Russ
Deputy Chairperson- Phoebe Smith
Secretary- Leah Weedon
Treasurer- Melissa John

I would like to thank them all for committing to the ongoing improvement and development of our amazing school.

Swimming lessons finish for our Year 2 and 3 students today and start for our Year 4-6 students tomorrow. it has been really reassuring to receive so much positive feedback from the students regarding the swimming lessons.

I am still extremely concerned with the amount of packaged food with high sugar, salt, and fat content in students’ lunchboxes. Please follow the school’s Healthy Eating Policy recommendations. If unsure refer to the Parent Handbook.

We are creating a new garden in the Early Childhood area and we are looking for donations of fruit trees and bush fruits. If you can help out please see Miss Alis, Miss Jenny or Mr. Steve.

Please regularly check the school’s Term Planner found on school website.

Our Lady Queen of Holy Rosary Pray For Us
Steve Dowie

Friday 18th FebruaryYear 4-6 Swimming Lessons start Assembly in the Multi-Purpose Room
Monday 21st FebruaryYear 4-6 Swimming lessons continue
Thursday 24th FebruaryYear 4 Mass Year 4-6 Swimming lessons conclude
Tuesday 8th MarchPUPIL FREE DAY

Term 1 Week 2 Newsletter

Dear Parents/caregivers,

I would again like to thank you for your support and commitment in assisting us to provide success focused learning for your child by sending them to school prepared to learn. We have had a very smooth start to the school year except a hiccup on Monday night when some unfortunate individuals caused extensive damage to our beautiful school. I would like to thank Paul Betambeau for immediately coming to our aid and securing the seven classrooms and the canteen.

Tomorrow we will be celebrating our new school year with a Mass at 8:15am. All parents and family members are invited to join in celebrating the new school year.

On Friday 11th of February, the Year 2 and 3 students will start swimming lessons. The lessons are being run by qualified instructors. The Year 2 and 3 students will have 5 days of lessons and the Year 4, 5 and 6 students will start their five lessons on Friday 18th of February. Please send your child to school prepared for this valuable program.

I am still extremely concerned regarding the contents of lunchboxes. Please do not send packaged food or food with high sugar content e.g. lollies, chocolate, biscuits, muesli bars, fruit boxes etc. Please refer to our Healthy Eating recommendations attached and in the Parent Handbook.

Our Lady Queen of the Holy Rosary Pray for Us

Steve Dowie

Thursday 10th FebWhole School Mass – 8:15am
Friday the 11th FebSwimming lessons begin for Year 2-3
Assembly 1:40pm in Multi-Purpose Room
Sunday the 13th FebCommissioning Mass for Staff 9:00am Expo – Sportsmen’s Club 2-4pm
Friday the 18th FebSwimming lessons start for Year 4-6

Swimming Term 1

Dear Parents/Caregivers,

Term 1 Swimming Lessons

Holy Rosary swimming lessons will begin in early Term 1 in the lead up to the Holy Rosary Swimming Carnival on Friday 4th March. Students in Years 2 – 6 will take part in swimming lessons during their Physical Education classes. These lessons will be delivered by qualified swim instructors over 5 consecutive days. Each student will be individually graded and will receive a certificate at the completion of the lessons. There will be a clear focus on improving each child’s understanding of water safety, while also preparing them for the upcoming swimming carnival.

Students will be transported in the school bus to and from the pool and they will be accompanied by Mr Kayde and classroom ATA’s.

The cost of the lessons will be $25 per child which will cover:

  • Entry to all swimming lessons.
  • Each child to be graded and awarded a certified swimming certificate.
  • Additional Shire Lifeguard support and Duty of Care.
  • Instruction by qualified swimming teachers.

Please be familiar with the dates that your child is swimming

Friday 11th FebMonday 14th FebTuesday 15th FebWednesday 16th FebThursday 17th Feb
Year 2 – 9:00amYear 2 – 9:00amYear 2 – 9:00amYear 2 – 9:00amYear 2 – 9:00am
Year 3 – 10:00amYear 3 – 10:00amYear 3 – 10:00amYear 3 – 10:00amYear 3 – 10:00am
Friday 18th FebMonday 21st FebTuesday 22nd FebWednesday 23rd FebThursday 24th Feb
Year 4 – 9:00amYear 4– 9:00amYear 4 – 9:00amYear 4 – 9:00amYear 4 – 9:00am
Yr 5/6 – 10:00amYr 5/6 – 10:00amYr 5/6 – 10:00amYr 5/6 – 10:00amYr 5/6 – 10:00am

Please ensure your child has:

  • Bathers
  • Towel
  • Appropriate footwear
  • Goggles if required

Please respond to the swimming text with the following info:

Child/ren’s name
Permission given – Yes/No
Any relevant medical information – allergies or medication.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to speak to Mr Kayde or call the office on 9161 7200.

Many Thanks,

Kayde Baker

Health and Physical Education Teacher

Term 1 Week 1 Newsletter

Dear Parents/ Caregivers,

I would like to applaud you for your support in assisting us to have an extremely smooth and enjoyable start to the new school year. The students have come prepared to learn and were keen to catch up with their friends and greet their old and new teachers.

Please join me in welcoming Miss Jesseca (Assistant Principal, Year 5/6), Miss Imogen (Year 2), Miss Tiana (Pre Primary) to Holy Rosary School.

During the holiday break we have had a large amount of maintenance and upgrades around the school. The Early Childhood area has a new fence and gates. Soft fall rubber matting has been laid in the Kindergarten area. A new garden has been planted near the Undercover Area. All carpets were thoroughly cleaned and vinyl stripped and sealed. Our air conditioners upgraded. High pressure cleaning of all external areas and ongoing gardening improvements.

Thank you for supporting our school uniform policy. Please continue to send your child in full school uniform every day.

I am still concerned about the contents of some students’ lunch boxes. Please refer to and adhere to the recommended food list and avoid the not recommended foods (attached and in the Parent Handbook). Please also support us in eliminating single use plastics and packaged food in your child’s lunchbox.

I would like to thank Mr. Kayde for organising In-Term Swimming for our Year 2-6 students. More information will be sent home next week.

 Important Dates

Monday 7th FebMorning Assembly- Undercover Area 8:00am
Thursday 10th FebWhole School Mass 8:15
Friday 11th FebSwimming lessons Year 2&3 Assembly- Multi-Purpose Room 1:40pm


Dear Parents and Caregivers

I would like to again acknowledge and thank you for the ongoing support of our school community especially during the challenging times of the COVID-19 global pandemic.

I am writing to let you know that in line with WA Health advice, from 10 June 2022 the mandatory vaccination policy was updated which means that staff in schools and residential facilities will no longer need to be vaccinated.

The triple dose vaccination requirements only remain in place for those working in healthcare and health support, workers in residential aged care, and workers in residential disability settings.

The change to the policy means that parents and caregivers who regularly visit, volunteer, third party providers and contractors are not required to be vaccinated to enter a school or residential facility.

We will continue to follow health advice and COVID-19 safe protocols, such as staying home when sick, wearing a mask as required, taking a daily RAT when identified as a close contact, and having good hand hygiene.

As a Catholic school our priority is always the health, safety and wellbeing of our students and all members of our broader community.

For further information refer to healthywa.wa.gov.au.

Thank you for your continued efforts in keeping our school COVID-19 safe.

Kind regards

Jesseca Francis

Assistant principal


Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Welcome to the 2022 school year at Holy Rosary School. I hope you have had a wonderful Christmas, New Year, and holiday with your family. I am looking forward to greeting the children on Monday. I am sure they are re-energized and ready for a new school year.

School starts for the students on Monday 31st January. The staff officially start today Thursday 27th January, and the office will be open from 8:00am to 4:00pm today and tomorrow.

Students will be expected to be in full school uniform from the first day of school. Uniforms can be purchased from Betta Electrical located opposite the swimming pool.

A Parent Handbook containing necessary information to assist our entire school community with the day to day running of the school will be sent home early next week. They are also available from the office.

United in Christ,

Steve Dowie


Dear Parents and Caregivers,

This will be the last newsletter for 2021.  I hope you have had an enjoyable year at Holy Rosary and I look forward to seeing all of the families returning in 2022.

Attached is the staffing allocation for Semester 1 2022. We are still finalizing the Aboriginal Teaching Assistants for 2022.

I would like to thank everyone for their organization, support and attendance at the Christmas Concert and the Year 6 Graduation Dinner.

This Friday we will have an end of year Thanksgiving Mass at 9.15am in the Church and the Book Awards at 1.30pm in the Multi-Purpose Room.

I would like to thank you for welcoming Jenny and I back to Holy Rosary and I would like to wish you a family focused and Christ filled Christmas.

Let us remain United in Christ,

Steve Dowie

Important Dates

Friday 10th December9.15am- Whole School Mass
1.30pm- Book Awards in Multi-Purpose Room
2.20- School finishes for students 2021
Monday 31st JanuaryTerm 1 2022 begins for students


3 Year Old KindergartenJenny DowieLesley Hodges – Wednesday
Tara Spry – Wednesday
4 Year Old KindergartenChristine Soosai- RajLesley Hodges – Mon, Tu & Th
Tara Spry – Tu & Th
Sandhi – Mon & Fri
ATA – Fri
Pre PrimaryTiana ZappacostaTracy Roberts
Year 1Jocelyn O’Connor- 4 days
Alis Hart – 1 day
Sharelle Papertalk
Year 2Imogen HaynesCatie Carter
Year 3Giorgia LukicTanika Garlett
Year 4Chelsea WarfieldATA
Year 5 / 6Jesseca Francis – 3 days
Chloe Beckett – 2 days
Kylie Morrison – 3 days
LibraryKylie Morrison – 2 days
Physical Education
Digital Technology
Kayde Baker – Pre Primary – Year 6  
Aboriginal Studies
Alis Hart – Pre Primary – Year 6