Thoughts for the
that in all things God works for the good of those who love him.”
“All the strength you need to achieve anything is within you.”
they’re off to a smooth if hectic start”
began the ABC announcer a
few weeks ago as hundreds of yachts set off from Sydney harbour for
Hobart’s Constitution Dock. I guess I can borrow that introduction with
regards to our first week of term. It was wonderful to see how smooth
the transition to a new academic year progressed. Our newcomers to
school looked confident and shed less tears than their somewhat
apprehensive parents. “It’s a big thing to let go, Mr. Smith,” said one
parent making a hurried exit after dropping her son off in Year 1. The
son is today ‘an old hand’ with four day’s experience of primary school.
Some may well have said that it was unfortunate to schedule a public
holiday during the first week of term. However, as we all know,
Australia Day commemorates the landing of the First Fleet in Sydney on
the 26th January 1788 and, like our other unifying public
holiday – ANZAC Day is always commemorated/celebrated on the same day in
April in each year.
Australia Day is
traditionally a day of Naturalisations and Awards. The former, taking
place in City Hall, historical settings such as Newstead House and a
host of other venues is an important milestone of assimilation into the
host culture by hundreds of people who have chosen not only to leave
their foreign shores, but to make Australia their home. We, who are born
in this wonderful country, sometimes take it for granted and cannot
fully comprehend what the transition of life from the other side of the
world would be like. This life, this culture and way-of-life
sufficiently inspires scores of new settlers to pledge their allegiance
to Australia. Through this rite-of-passage, like no other, these ‘new
chums’ as they were once called, contribute much to the rich Australian
fabric which is not frozen in time but an evolving ‘work’ of unlimited
Part of being an Australian
is indeed to contribute. So how can we, as ordinary Australians
contribute? This Year’s Awards speak volumes. Two of the recipients were
justly honoured in arguable the same field. Humble trailblazer Professor
Ian Frazer, having developed a vaccine against cervical cancer was more
concerned about his ‘future research in finding a cure for women
with cervical cancer’ than to rest on his laurels, considerable as they
are. Related to medicine, but through a starkly different perspective we
find Bundaberg Nursing Sister Toni Hoffmann being honoured for speaking
out, for ‘blowing the whistle’ for speaking when other chose to keep
silent. Both recipients deserve our congratulations and set standards
for others to emulate. So you see, Australia Day is more – much more –
than the traditional snag on the barbie, a tinnie in hand.
History back on the agenda
Last week the
Prime Minister, Mr. Howard, announced that the Federal Government would
like ‘History’ taught in the classrooms of all Australian schools. It is
felt that this traditional core subject has been somewhat ‘watered down’
over the years. Our syllabus currently includes ‘history’ with
‘geography’ and ‘social science’ under the rubric of Study of Society
and Environment (SOSE). This is the Education Queensland preferred model
where a topic such as the “Gold Rush” can be investigated through the
lens of three complimentary disciplines. History is thus alive and well
at Rochedale State School. Indeed, it is rigorously taught for the same
reason as it has always been taught – ‘we need to know our past to make
sense of our present and make informed choices about our future.
keyboard, this Monday…
I was visited
this morning by two of our super fish, Maddison and Bryana W who both
competed in the Brisbane Junior Metropolitan Swimming Championships.
Both girls did exceptional well swimming personal bests, with Maddison
achieving finalist status in the 9yrs girls breastroke (Eighth fastest
swimmer in Brisbane). Congratulations to both girls!!
There will be no
Parade this Friday due to Rochedale High having a swimming carnival.
Speech and Drama
will be continuing this year. More information will be coming in the
next few weeks.
CHRISTIAN RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
Education (CRE) lessons will begin in Week Three this term and will be
presented to all students unless they have been WITHDRAWN by a parent’s
As outlined in a letter sent home with Grade 1,4,5,6 and 7 students last
week, the implementation of our CRE Program necessitates the purchase of
CRE workbooks or worksheets. To cover the cost it is necessary to charge
a one-off levy of $4.80 per child in these year levels.
This year, Grade 2 and 3
children obtained their manuals with their ‘book packs’ through
Underwood News. Please see Underwood News as soon as possible, if your
Grade 2 or 3 child has yet to obtain their CRE student manual.
Thank you to these students in Grade 1,4,5,6 and 7 who have brought
their money already. Could we encourage everyone else in these grades to
bring in there levy money as soon as possible so all children can have
their workbook/sheets ready for their first CRE lesson.
Money may be brought to the classroom teacher on Monday, Wednesday or
Thank you for your cooperation.
Enquiries: Robynne T 3219 9771
The Uniform Shop is open:-
Thursday & Friday from 8:00am - 9:00am. Last year's orders/layby's are
required to be picked up this week:-
We had an overwhelming response with our Chair Bags, we have SOLD OUT.
We still have a few Book Bags left and are a great use as a Homework
folder. They are only $7.00 each. This is a new stock line so purchase
one now before you missed out. While stocks last! We have some
second-hand uniforms for sale, at reasonable prices. Thank you to all
parents who have kindly donated these uniforms. Come by and have a
We have Sports Uniforms in stock, ready for purchase this week. They are
$23.00 each. Just a reminder that we have no EFTPOS
facility - Bankcard, Visa and Mastercard, and of course Cash are
accepted. If you have any queries, I may be contacted on 0413 033 093.
A big thanks to Julie J. and Marie S. for assisting me during the busy
If for any reason
you are unable to work on your rostered day, please give Norma a call on
Tues Sharon McF
3/2 Julie McN, Amanda H Jenny C
Wed Volunteer Needed
10/2 Georgina Gaila D
13/2 Zoe B
16/2 Sue G
17/2 Nicky R, Pat B
21/2 Michelle G
Thank you Douglas, Kath and Maryanne for your assistance on Friday.
We need a volunteer
for Wednesdays, once a month starting 8th February. Please
see Norma if you can help.
Bathing Caps / Stationery
We stock 2 styles
of bathing caps – Lycra $5.50 and Latex (Rubber) $3.20.
tuckshop stocks a wide selection of stationery.
Ham and Pineapple
We still have limited stock
of Ham and Pineapple pizzas $1.40, once this stock runs out, we will only stock
cheese and bacon pizzas $1.40.
You can now enjoy those
yummy scones with strawberry jam. We will warm them for you.
All our bakery lines now
come from Brumby’s Rochedale.
Workplace Health and Safety
Tuckshop Volunteers and the Parent Community
Legislation now puts school
tuckshops under the same laws as milk bars and the local shop. If you are
working in our tuckshop in any capacity, then you are required to wear enclosed
footwear, NOT sandals, thongs and scuffs. You are also required to wear
your hair up or tied back, if you have long hair.
Workplace, Health and Safety Regulations, not ideas we’ve just made up for our
own benefit. I would ask that if you do volunteer in our tuckshop, could you
please adhere to these regulations. It helps us to provide our school and our
students with the very best service and care that we can.
legislation we can be liable to spot inspections by Queensland Health and if
we comply with the above rules, then we know we can have a clear conscience
about our workplace health and safety practices.
ROCHEDALE ROVERS NETBALL CLUB
Sign on Saturday 4 February
9:00am to 1:00pm, Underwood Park Netball |courts, Underwood Road.
Teams for girls in years 1996 to 1998. Junior Netball Teams for girls born 1994
Netball Teams for all other ages.
Competition for girls aged 8 to 15 years.
Night Competition for girls/ladies 14 years and over.
Sheryl on 07 3423 0094 or Helen on 07 3804 7105 for more information.
Harold and the Life
Education Team will be visiting Rochedale State School from 25th
February – 8th March, 2006.
Life Education is a
positive health program that promotes a healthy lifestyle and the prevention of
Drug abuse for a safer, smarter life.
program encourages children:
To value themselves and
To develop the skills to
resist peer pressure
To make educated choices
about what they put into their bodies and to be responsible for those choices
today’s society, it is important to provide as much support for children as
possible. Your contribution of $8.00 covers your child’s participation in the
program and the student activity book. It is a small investment which helps to
ensure the ongoing education of drug awareness and health promotion for your
programs are sequential from Preschool to Year 7, with each level covering
different aspects of a continuous program throughout primary school.
are invited to view the Life Education van for a FREE parents information
Session on Friday 24th February, 2006 at 3:15pm.
learn what Life Education is all about and what your children will be doing in
the Van. Please fill in the form below and return it to the school.
Life Education Information
tick the appropriate box
I will be attending
I will not attend
24th February, 2006 at 3:15pm at our School.
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