Thoughts for the
before the Lord and wait patiently for him.” Psalm 37:7
lazier we are today, the more we have to do tomorrow.”
needs explanation. Attending Rochedale State School you are able to
access, free-of-charge, the most valuable ‘six-pack’ in the world. I am of
course talking about our six core community values inculcated from years 1
to 7. The initiative found a favourable response in the polemic of New
South Wales Chief Justice James Spigelman, the other day. Not that our
learned friend would know much about a Brisbane suburban primary school,
but what was brought out in the public domain was a recognition that all
is not well in society. Spigelman’s premise, that a pervading rudeness
‘can be stopped’ – ‘should be stopped’, found fertile ground in many
little to say about reality TV, broadcast obscenity or tricked-out
music videos featuring young ladies wearing outfits made entirely from
dental floss, he did make some top-drawer points. The Chief Justice called
for us to temper "the assertion of self-interest". As anyone who has
braved the express lane at Coles can attest, this is a very good idea.
There is nothing wrong with an appeal for a little garden-variety
kindness. Author Lynne Truss made an international bestseller last year
from her equally practical call for compassion in Talk to the Hand: The
Utter Bloody Rudeness of the World Today. Not before time, a growing
chorus of erudite voices is urging a Please, May I?, Thank You
singalong. If it were reasonable to blame television for a culture
overblown with conceit and rudeness, I would. It's a convenient bit of
reverse engineering that would easily unshackle me, and all the others,
from time to time, accidentally rude people, of blame. Sorry, sir, Big
Brother made me do it. However, that is too far from the truth for
comfort. Reality check suggests MANNERS begin in the home, are developed
in school and society at large only to be perfected, as an ongoing
challenge throughout adult life. By adhering to common principles, moral
values and codes of ethics can we temper excess and hand down to our
children those traits we all embrace but intermittently forget.
(1) Respect; (2)
Honesty; (3) Responsibility;
Consideration; (5) Co-operation; (6) Fairness. This six-pack begins with
common definitions at Rochedale State School. It ends with… No, it does
not end! It endures, as our Year 7 students take this ‘six-pack’ on to
high school and beyond. Our parent/school partnership is vital to its
success. When the ‘six-pack’ of values enjoy the same priority in home and
school we will have achieved that turnaround sought by Justice Spigelman,
and dare I say, the silent majority of Australian families.
in the pool
Australian swimmers excelled. None more than Lisel Jones. Breaking
every record in the book, the brave breaststroker’s name appeared in the
sports pages of major dailies around the globe. Where did it begin? In a
small school swimming pool somewhere in Australia. We are uniquely lucky
to have a great swimming pool at Rochedale State School. Not surprisingly,
swimming is on the curriculum. It is not an elective, it is not an
‘add-on’ for a select few. It is there for all to do, to enjoy and to
excell. Apart from our ‘learn-to-swim program’ we also offer coaching and
general aquatic fun activities. Primary school children in most schools
would give their right arm for a pool to be installed in their schools. At
Rochedale, it’s already there. All our children are expected to
participate in the fun-filled program which, for the record, is an
integral part of the Rochedale State School curriculum.
most politicians serve 3-4 years, School Captains have content themselves
with a 1-year tenure. During that year they grow in stature and are
exposed to a side to school life others may not experience. They are
elected, like any other politician. They serve, like any other politician.
But, unlike other politicians, they listen and learn what their
constituents [students] want from them. The calibre of our field this year
was outstanding. Any one of the candidates for office could have taken on
the role of Captains with confidence. As is the case in every race, there
can be only one winner. The school captains for 2006 are Bryana W and John
G. Both bring many new, innovative ideas to their office. I congratulate
Bryana and John on attaining this high office and trust they will always
look back with pride on their record of achievements during their term of
office. Along with our School Captains we also elected Alex A and Chris P
as our Vice-School Captains. Our House Captains for 2006 are: Waratah –
Tayla B and Joshua D,
Ashleigh K and Mitchell D, and Jacaranda – Sharnee B and Aaron C.
Congratulations to all our office bearers.
Set Down / Pick up Zone
We have received the following
complaints related to the set-down/pick-up zone at the front of the
leaving their vehicles in the middle of the zone to go and find children
or class teachers
parking whilst waiting for children or dropping children off.
down the zone if the vehicles in front move off.
would be appreciated if everyone could work together during these
stressful times of the day by co-operating and obeying the rules.
read the signs on the zone- it is only a 2 minute standing zone. The
police have ‘booked’ motorists previously for not obeying the signs.
Parking in School Grounds
Parents are reminded that they are
NOT PERMITTED to drive their vehicles into
the school grounds between the hours of 8.00am and 3.15pm every school
practice could result in either an injury to a child or damage to
authorised by me, parents are requested not to drive their vehicles into
the school grounds during those times.
Parents, we seek
your cooperation by not sending children to school who are ill. Those
children end up in sick-bay almost indefinitely and often, we are unable
to contact parents to come and collect their ill children. Your
cooperation in this regard would be appreciated
Administration of Medication at School
Should your son or daughter be prescribed by their medical
practitioner to take medication while at school I wish to inform you
of the Department of Education regulations with respect to this
The parent or
guardian must in the first instance make a written request
to the principal of the school.
medication, with the pharmacist’s written instruction on the
container must be lodged with the school for security purposes.
Administration of that medication will be carried out by an adult staff
member designated by the principal.
medications should not be brought to school and
will not be administered by school staff.
grateful and humble at the birth of my first child, Mia, last Friday…
send a note to school when your child returns after an absence advising
the reason for absence. If NO note is sent the absence will be marked as
SAUSAGE SIZZLE FOR YEAR 7
Last week a sausage
sizzle was held to fundraise for the Year Sevens. It was held on Friday
to coincide with the Rochedale State High School swimming carnival,
making it quite a successful day. We would like to thank all of the
parent helpers on the day, the parents who donated bread, napkins, etc.,
and all of the students who supported the stall.
forms were handed out last week. Completed order forms and money are due
back to your child’s teacher TOMORROW, Tuesday 7th February.
Late orders cannot be accepted. Please read the order form carefully,
sometimes an extra coupon with a parent’s signature is required. Payment
may be made by cash, cheque (made out to Scholastic Australia) or credit
card. Please take care filling out credit card details.
CHRISTIAN RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
We extend a warm welcome to all our Christian Religious Education (CRE)
Volunteers who will begin teaching CRE lessons throughout the school
Rochedale State School is fortunate enough to have a team of 18 CRE
teachers, Helpers and Relievers. These wonderful people give of their
time each week, preparing and presenting CRE lessons, some taking up to
5 different classes. Because of our large and committed CRE Team, we are
able to offer CRE in every class at Rochedale State School.
CRE lessons will be presented to ALL students unless they have been
WITHDRAWN BY A PARENT’S WRITTEN REQUEST.
Just a reminder, for all Grade 1,4,5,6 and 7 students, the CRE
Levy ($4.80/child/year which covers the purchase of two Student
Workbooks, one for each semester of the year) is due in now. Could we
encourage all who have yet to send in their Levy to do so as soon as
possible, so each child can participate in the workbook activities
during their CRE lesson.
Grade 2 and 3 students who do
not have the CRE student workbooks need to pick up their copies from
Thank you for your co-operation.
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:-
If you can't make it to the Uniform shop during its normal trading
hours, we now have a website! Uniform price list and order forms can
now be downloaded by visiting www.rochedalss.qld.edu.au - and
clicking on the word "Uniform Shop" on the left hand side of the
page. Once the form has been completed, please submit this to the
office and I will process your order that week. You may opt to get your
child to pick up the order for you, and a receipt will be issued.
If you are paying by cheque, please make the cheques payable to
"Rochedale State School - P&C Association". I have also created an
order form with credit card facility.
feel free to use this option, all details will be strictly confidential and will
be returned to you once the order has been processed.
Just a reminder that we have NO EFTPOS facility - Bankcard, Visa
and Mastercard, and of course Cash are accepted. If you have any queries, please
drop me an email specified in the web page or I may be contacted on 0413 033
A big Thank You to Glenda Crew for your assistance with the website. I
am sure parents will find and appreciate the convenience of this new method.
If for any reason you are
unable to work on your rostered day, please give Norma a call on 3341 1149.
Tues Chris A
Wed Shirley L
Fri Maryanne McN
10/2 Georgina Gaila D
Mon Anne D
13/2 Zoe B
Tues Shirley L
Wed Sue Vanstone
15/2 Cathy W
16/2 Sue G
Fri Maryann McN
17/2 Nicky R, Pat B
Mon Lyn L
Tues Anne D
21/2 Michelle G
Wed Angie L
23/2 Amanda C 9:15am
24/2 Georgina Gaila D
Mon Kaye S
27/2 Sylvia B
Kathy, Donna, Janelle and Sandy for helping me out last week.
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.
Lactose Free Milk and Soy Milk
Just a reminder to let you
know you can purchase Liddiells Lactose Free Choc milk for $1.30 and Sanitarium
Long Life Soy Choc milk for $1.50 from the tuckshop.
Tuckshop Committee Meeting
Our first meeting for 2006
will be held Tuesday 14th February at 2:00pm in Detention.
Popcorn and Fruit
Craft Alien Pompoms
Outside Activity Spaceball
Dip, Crackers and Fruit
Outside Activity 1,2,3 Home
Biscuits and Fruit
Craft Matchstick Creations
Outside Activity Wacky Races
Dip, Crackers and Fruit
Craft Tooth Fairy boxes
Outside Activity Capture the Flag
Craft Nature Collage
Outside Activity Oval Tiggy
One gold stud earring was
lost in the girl’s change room at the pool. If found, please hand in to the
Feel like a Pancake? Then
join us on Pancake Day Tuesday February 28 at The Coffee Club, Springwood, from
7:00am – 11:0am. $10.00 includes a 3 stack of pancakes, maple syrup and a hot
This is a
Fundraising Day with proceeds being donated to Springwood Blue nurses and
Burremah Respite Centre.