Thoughts for the
Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust
in him.” Nahum 1:7
“A man sooner or later discovers that he
is the master-gardener of his soul and the director of his life.”
May I take this
opportunity to welcome everyone back to school after our summer break.
2006 is well and truly up and running as we launch into another school
year. Students and teachers are getting to know each other this week.
The biggest adjustment, as always, will be for our newcomers making up
the 4(?) Grade One classes. Their introduction to formal education
begins today. Granted, some may have enjoyed a year in Pre-School and
prepared for their
transition. However, many are leaving home for school today for the very
first time. The caring teaching staff and parents preparation combine to
make the experience a happy milestone in the young peoples lives. I have
had the opportunity to be at
for a week already and am pleased that our built environment is as
lovely as that which we left early in December. Good rains on the fields
of Rochedale have made sure that the emerald green lawns and the rich
red soil stand out in an inviting fashion as our students commence their
activities through P.E. lessons and school sport.
In my last Newsletter for 2005 I urged everyone to stay safe and
have a great holiday. I am pleased to report that all our children are
returning to school today safe and sound, brimming over with tales of a
summer well spent. I was stopped this morning by quite a few students
eager to share their experiences with me. This is one of the many
pleasant tasks of a Principal, and may I say I was not disappointed.
Some children had travelled extensively, domestically and overseas. One
girl spoke of a white Christmas in the State of Utah while another
described her visit to Western Plains Zoo at Dubbo, NSW. A third, a boy
striving for the chance of wearing the “baggy green” in a few years
time, was one of the lucky spectators at the Gabba for the 20Twenty
Cricket match. I could go on, but limit my observations to the fact that
most children had a great and wonderful holiday with family and friends.
With re-charged batteries, topped up enthusiasm and commensurate
curiosity, 2006 augers well for our educational journey. To use a
railway metaphor, “All aboard!” “This train stops at all stations of
academic interest, enjoy the ride!”
So who's taking the ride?
Well, apart from our regular teaching team 2006 introduces some new
faces to Rochedale State School. I would like to welcome aboard our new
Deputy Principal Mrs Lesley Vogan who comes from Coolnwynpin State
School. Mrs Vogan will be our additional Deputy Principal in line with
the growth of student numbers at our school. I feel sure that Mrs Vogan
will enjoy her time at Rochedale and receive the same initial welcome
and ongoing support which I have experienced since my arrival in July
last year. Apart from Mrs Vogan I would also like to introduce Mrs Ives,
new to year 5 and Miss Seib, year 4 and Mrs Nanst (a familiar face to
all) who is taking Mrs Chippendale’s class for Term 1, Miss McKinnon who
is replacing Mrs Michelle Ludlow our Special Education Class teacher,
and finally Mrs. Meike Kuhne who joins us to teach ESL (English as a
Second Language) to our arriving overseas non-English-speaking students.
To the new parents of 2006, dropping off their children at
Rochedale State School, I would like to direct a special welcome.
Starting at a new school, whether as a Grade One student or someone
transferred in from another school, can be a daunting experience.
”Daunting”, in the sense that people, buildings and grounds are all new.
Our friendly teaching staff is well aware of this and make sure that
everyone new is quickly integrated into the “family feel of belonging”
which exists within our school. Parents, new to the area, are also
encouraged not only to meet with their children’s teachers, my deputies
and myself, but also to join our active Parents and Citizens’
Association and/or volunteer to help out in the Tuck Shop and/or
Library. Getting to know other parents at our school helps maintain
good, friendly relations all around.
Our ‘open-door’ policy is such that
you may see my Administration team and I at any time should you wish to
discuss any matter affecting your child’s attendance at school.
Mr. Anderson, our popular Groundsman has been seconded to Stretton
State College to whip their gardens into shape. Mr. Anderson will be
away for the first six months of 2006 and will be replaced by Mr. Mark
Hayes. We welcome Mark and thank him and the cleaning team for
getting our grounds and classrooms into ‘tip top’ shape for the return
As to Tuckshop Rosters and Uniform Shop opening times, they are
featured on page 2 in this Newsletter. Please note the new tuckshop
price list enclosed with this newsletter (yellow form).
May I once again extend to one and all, a warm welcome back to school?
At the keyboard this first Monday of Term 1...
The first P&C
Meeting of the year is this \Tuesday 24/1/06 starting at 7:00pm in the
Teacher’s Staffroom. All are welcome.
SWIMMING 2006 TERM 1
lessons for some have already started and we ideally would like some
more help with our children in some of our ‘learn to swim;’ lessons (grades 1&2). If
you can help out please inform your child’s class teacher.
Your child needs togs / towel / goggles (if needed) / underwear / and
a bag to put the wet gear in after their lesson. Ensure all items
are clearly marked and swimmers are not to wear to school. To
miss a swim lesson, we require a note explaining the reason why they are
not swimming, and your child cannot wear jewellery or watches into the
pool because of safety reasons. If any child has open sores or has
diarrhoea (two or more days) they cannot swim for a week (until the
condition clears) due to the Government Health Regulations.
CROSS COUNTRY TRAINING
Our school cross
country team will be selected from the training sessions this term and
term 2. Trials for the team will be conducted in week 2/3 and athletes
must have completed 20 training sessions in order to be eligible for
Cross country training begins week 2 on \Tuesdays & Thursdays and
continues into week 2 of term2. If your child is interested, they must
bring a water bottle, running joggers (not their day shoes), and
swimmers/ towel for a cool down swim after the sessions.
Squad Swimming will
be on this week, Tuesday and Wednesday.
Juniors: 3:15pm – 4:15pm
Intermediate: 4:15pm – 5:15pm
Senior: 5:15pm – 6:45pm
After this week – Monday to Tuesday.
Adult squad will be held Tuesday and Thursday nights: 6:45pm – 7:45pm
(Tuesday only this week)
For any enquiries call Anne D on 3342 5253
Welcome back Parents / Guardians.
The Uniform Shop will resume its normal operating hours next week:
Thursday and Friday 8:00am-
Please note that due to the Public holiday – Thursday, 267/1/06 – the
Uniform Shop will be open Friday only 8:00am – 9:00am.
If you have just enrolled your Child/ren and wish to purchase uniforms
outside hours, please contact me on 0413 033 093 to make an appointment.
Otherwise you may submit your orders in the box provided in the office.
Please ensure you complete the forms, with the correct money (cheques
will be preferable). I will contact you when it is ready for pick up.
Have a great first week!
Mrs. M Scott
Uniform Shop Convenor
any reason you are unable to work on your rostered day, please give Norma a call
on 3341 1149.
Tues Anne D
Wed Angie L
Australia Day Holiday
Fri Gaila D
Kath R, Douglas K
Tues Volunteer Needed
Wed Melissa T
1/2 Volunteer Needed
Fri Maryanne McN
3/2 Julie McN Amanda H
6/2 Toni G
Wed Volunteer Needed
Fri Maryanne McN
Georgina, Gaila D
back everyone and a warm welcome to new parents.
we desperately need volunteers. Most parents arrive about 8:30am and leave at
1:30pm. If you couldn’t stay all day, that is fine, maybe you could stay till
11:00am when little lunch finishes. Give me a call or drop into the tuckshop.
Menu / Price List
with today’s newsletter is our new price list. It will stand out as we have
chosen a yellow price list.
This takes effect from today. Spares will be available at the tuckshop. Please
note. There will be a 5c
charge on each lunch bag.
thanks to Anne, Allan and Douglas for you assistance with setting up new price
and order forms.
ROCHEDALE STATE SCHOOL TENNIS
year’s tennis classes will be held each Tuesday Morning commencing 1st
Grades 1-3 8:00am – 8:45am
Grades 4-7 7:15am – 8:00am
Coach: Simon Petrie – TCAQ Member
$90 First Term (10 weeks)
$162 Second Semester (18 Weeks)
RACQUET for NEW pupils paying by semester
Please make cheques payable to Whites Tennis
Lessons missed due to weather will be made-up or
credited on next term’s account
Lessons missed for any other reason will not be
credited or made-up
For enrolment please phone Whites
Tennis Centre on 3245 4190 and return this form to the Coach on the first
of Play: Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced
(please circle one)
of Parent or Guardian:________________