“Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in
prayer;” Romans 12:12
“May your faith be the sunshine that brightens your day.”
What’s for lunch? asked a child
the other day. She was sitting with her two friends and I guess her
question was more rhetorical than anything else. Her school bag had been
‘baking’ for hours in the unforgiving +31 degree heat with an
accompanying high humidity. An earlier made ham sandwich which Mum had
packed around 7 o’clock had by lunch time metamorphosed into something
most unpleasant. The ‘problem’ is repeated in almost every Queensland
primary school across the State. In the absence of Mess Halls, catered
lunches served under ideal conditions to children properly seated at
tables, we are left to do ‘the best that we can’ to ensure children’s
safety and well being. Eating is an integral part of the school day. It
is also a social experience where children are afforded the opportunity
to interact with each other over food and drink, something their parents
do on a regular basis. The ‘fare’ in school lunches is as varied as the
students’ ethnic and social backgrounds. While some parents emphasise
fresh fruit and biscuits, others favour the classic two slices of white
bread with Vegemite, a Popper to go and, a few grapes in season.
Teachers do an excellent job explaining the Food Pyramid to students
across all grades. My concern is confined to food safety. While ham
sandwiches, salami and good ‘ole luncheon/Devon sandwiches are no doubt
filling hungry tummies, they must be refrigerated. If not, they easily
become contaminated and provide risk of food poisoning for the consumer,
e.g. the young child eating the meat some 4-5 hours later. There are
some excellent freezer blocks and other gadgets you can buy, freeze and
wrap around lunches so that risk of food poisoning is minimised and I
would advocate their use across the school.
best advertising sign
is not necessarily the most
expensive one. Strolling through a country flea market yesterday I came
across an old man selling citrus trees. His weather-beaten face,
callused hands and dirty finger nails were all tell tale signs of a
hard-working man off the land. In front of his neat rows of orange,
lemon and grapefruit trees he had a hand painted sign which read: “The best time to plant a citrus tree was five years ago. The
second best time is today!” I was quite taken back by the sign and
thought about its message, a message which we can transpose to just
about anything in life. Imagine if you contemplated starting piano
lessons for your child; imagine if you thought about riding, swimming,
tennis or what ever lessons for your offspring. The citrus sign would
have relevancy. I suggest that we are all guilty of putting off things
in our lives, be it for a variety of reasons. As we can not go back five
years in time, we can certainly commence something new and worthwhile in
our families every day. After all, your children begin something new and
exciting every day of their lives at Rochedale State School, they don’t
mind if you emulate their achievements. And now I guess you’re curious
to know whether I bought an orange tree from the old man? Actually, I
didn’t, but should I be in the market for one I will no doubt visit him
again. Perhaps he will have another deeply philosophical sign for me to
read and ponder.
Maddison W who swam her Personal Best on the weekend at the Brisbane
Swimming Association meet at t Chandler. Maddison came 2nd in
the 50m freestyle 9 yr girls. Well done.
Due to recent media
reports of the spate of attempted abductions of children near schools in
south- east Queensland, students are advised to follow these basic
move to and from school in at least pairs
not talk to strangers
not accept gifts from strangers. If approached, answer “No Thank you”
and move smartly away.
wait within school grounds if they are being picked up by a parent or
notify school staff or parents if they see anyone behaving suspiciously
near schools or on the way to/from school.
Wednesday 8 March
Please note a new company “Silver Rose School Photos” will be
photographing our students this year.
PHOTOS MUST BE PAID FOR ON PHOTO
DAY (Orders placed after this day will incur a $7 late fee). Each child
will bring home an envelope – PLEASE DO NOT PLACE PAYMENT FOR MORE THAN
ONE CHILD IN THE ENVELOPE.
Friday 31 March the school is hosting an ‘Arts Extravaganza’. This night
is to appreciate and enjoy children’s art work, entertainment and to
celebrate the schools 75th Anniversary. We are still in need
of raffle prizes, donations, gifts or business contacts. Also if there
are any budding artists who wish to help or donate canvas, ceramics,
pottery or paintings please see Kate Duncanson (Yr 2D). Tickets for the
night are also available from Kate.
On Friday 24
February all children in Years 5 & 6 will be transported after parade,
free of charge, to Rochedale High to participate in a SPORT EXPO. Later
this week all children will be bringing home a flyer outlining all the
details of this exciting event.
All children received a flyer outlining the details of this exciting
event. The flyer included a permission note that must be returned to
class teachers before Friday.
Parent’s Prayer Group is up and running for the year. We would love to
welcome any parent or friend of Rochedale State School to join us
anytime they can, as we pray for the school community.
We meet on
Wednesday afternoons for 15 minutes between 2.30 pm and 2.45 pm (just
before we pick up our kids) in the upstairs area between the Grade Three
reminder, there is a Prayer Point Box for use by anyone within
the school community who might like the Parent Prayer Group to pray for
specific needs. The Box (with pens and paper) is located on the
CRE Bookshelf in the area between the Gr 3 Classrooms.
us if you have any queries.
Robynne 3219 9771
We now have a range of Second-hand uniforms for sale at reasonable prices. Come
by and have a look. For a limited time we are selling school bags with the
School logo, every bag purchased will receive a bonus pack - Gymsack/Swimming
bag, lunch cooler and a wallet. This is great value as the school bag
a long time and it is supported by Chiropractors. We have 2 sizes, 20 litre and
a 30 litre.
An order form will be sent out to each parent/caregivers next week in the
newsletter to order their child's winter uniform requirements for this year.
All information will be detailed in this form.
UNIFORM SHOP WEBSITE
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. Please feel free to use this option, all
details will be strictly confidential and will be returned to you once the order
has been processed.
If you have any queries, please feel free to contact me through the school's
email link:- email@example.com
If for any reason you are
unable to work on your rostered day, please give Norma a call on 3341 1149.
Tues Anne D
23/2 Amanda C 9:15am
Georgina S 8:30am – 11:00am Gaila D
27/2 Sylvia B
Tues Sharon McF
Wed Melissa T
2/3 Sharon G
Fri Maryanne McN
3/3 Amanda H
6/3 Toni G
Tues Chris A
Wed Amanda R 9:30am
9/3 Maryanne McN
Fri Maryanne McN
10/3 Georgina S 8:30am – 11:00am Gaila D
Tues Shirley L
Wed Sue U
15/3 Cathy W
16/3 Sue G
Fri Maryanne McN
17/3 Nicky R Pat B
Anne for helping me on Friday.
Ham and Pineapple
We have now run out of
these pizzas. We are only stocking cheese and Bacon.
and Blueberry Muffins
For a limited time you may
purchase these muffins for 80c each.
Wednesday is Pizza Day. You
can still order hot food and sandwiches etc. Enjoy!!
Dip, Crackers and Fruit
Craft Hama Beads
Outside Activity Continuous Cricket
Craft Straw Painting
Outside Activity Soccer
Craft Pipe Cleaner Creations
Outside Activity Wall Ball
Dip, Crackers and Fruit
Craft Sand Candles
Outside Activity Obstacle Course
Dip, Crackers and Fruit
Craft Canvas Painting
Outside Activity Human Knot
AUDITIONS FOR TELEVISION SPECIAL
We are looking for 5 – 15
year old males and females to perform an ensemble song and dance routine in a
world-wide television special with international guest stars.
require 15 children in the same age group to perform a ‘hand glove’ routine that
requires no experience in song or dance.
available for a training program for 5 weeks fro beginning of March until the
appointment o more information, please contact Rosie
(07) 3267 8390
Mobile: 0408 744 788
Fax: (07) 3267 6605
PRETERM BABY RESEARCH PROJECT
Speech pathologists at the Perinatal Research Centre of the Royal Brisbane and Women’s
Hospital are investigating the communication and literacy development of
children who were born preterm.
Children who were born less than 32 weeks who
are now at primary school (Preschool/Prep to Year 7) are needed for the
The research will be conducted at school or home. For further
information please contact Dr Alison Holm (email:
firstname.lastname@example.org, telephone: 3636