“God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.” Revelation 21:4
are never a failure as long as you can smile.”
Changes on the horizon
Queensland and The Queensland Government will be introducing a
non-compulsory Prep Year in 2007. From 2008, the compulsory school
starting age will increase by six months. At this point of time, children
will need to be six by 30th June in the year they enrol in Year
1. Research shows that children who are older when they begin compulsory
schooling are more likely to engage with and enjoy learning, and will have
greater success throughout their education. However, the Prep Year is a
non- compulsory year and will be universally available (therefore, there
will be no need to place children's names on waiting lists (as is the case
with the Preschool Year). The Prep Year's program is designed to improve
children's social and problem solving skills and encourage a greater
interest in learning. It is designed to provide children with a solid
base to the early years of education thus making the move to Year 1
easier. In 2007 the full time Prep Year will replace the current part-time
Preschool program. So what does this all mean in simple terms? It means
that Education Queensland is proactive in meeting families needs based on
available research. As to children’s starting age at school in other
countries – it varies greatly. Most European countries have a compulsory
school starting age of six, but in England, Scotland and Wales, children
are sent to schools at five and at age four in Northern Ireland. On the
other side of the coin, some Scandinavian countries favour age seven as
the entry point for primary school, arguing that the commensurate maturity
along the way handsomely pays off throughout senior primary years, making
students around fourteen years of age before going to high school. Clearly
philosophies differ greatly on the subject. Education Queensland, after
studying and researching various models, have arrived at the above model
which will be implemented – and hopefully embraced – by parents, students
and education providers alike.
acronym P. & C.
immediately puts the same smile and create that same fuzzy feeling as
driving by a
C.W.A. hall in the country. Both have a long, distinguished history of
service. The latter stands for the Country Women’s Association. The
former stands for Parents and Citizens Association and is one of
the icons of schools throughout Queensland. In years gone by the P. & C.
fulfilled the core role as fundraiser for the schools. Dedicated
volunteers would be found manning the stalls outside shopping centres
selling their wares of home made lamingtons, Anzac biscuits and a myriad
of delectable jams alongside needlework and crocheted tea towels. Their
efforts would yield a one-liner in the school newsletters “The P. & C.
Lamington Drive went well.” That was the past. This is the present. The P.
& C. of the 21st Century has come a long way since its humble
beginnings. The current P. & C. at Rochedale State School is made up of
dedicated professionals who examine the identified needs of the school.
Paramount amongst the P. & C.s role is fundraising which provides better
resources for the school. Grants are plentiful these days – as are
applicants. The ability to write successful grant applications from
Queensland authorities, such as the Queensland Gaming Fund, Jupiter’s
Casino and a host of private enterprises is an ongoing challenge, but
yields promising results from time to time. In an age where volunteers are
hard to find, few people put their hand up. All too often we accept
people’s stock answer: ‘I’m too busy.’ I am sure that the recently elected
P. & C. executive too is made up of ‘busy’ people, yet I thank them
publicly, on behalf of the parents and staff at Rochedale State School,
for putting their hand up and embracing the challenges of 2006. Their
individual and combined talents auger well for our school community. Our
ongoing support for the P. & C. of 2006 is vital. Everything they do is of
direct benefit to your children. Do attend their monthly meetings and
hear, first hand what they plan to, and are doing, during their term of
Despite our best efforts to contact parents, we have been unable to do so
because the contact numbers we have recorded on our system are incorrect.
check with the school office and confirm that the contact details we have
are accurate and up to date.
cooperation in this matter is URGENTLY required.
Student of the Month Awards
Congratulations to the following students who were selected as
the “Student of the Month” for the month of February. These
awards were presented on parade last Friday.
1J Eamon B
Year One with such a positive attitude and always
1L Alex Y
approach towards her work and presentation. Well done Alex!
1B Flynn L
Demonstrating our school and class values in the classroom and the
playground. Keep upthe great choices!
1S Britney H
Being a courteous and
co-operative student who always does her best work.
2D Jasmine B
consistent effort with reading and handwriting. She tries
her hardest at all times.
2C Wesley H
Making an excellent
start to the year. Working well and making great progress. Well
2J Timothy G
great start to Year Two at Rochedale State
2B Rebekah T
Making a big
improvement in the presentation of her handwriting and always
trying to make an extra effort in all areas.
2U Erin Y
consistently and quietly to complete her work
correctly and neatly everyday.
3W Shannon A
displaying exemplary behaviour and making an excellent
start to 2006. Well done Shannon!
3D Dominic F
improvement seen in his attitude to classwork.
3T Angela F
outstanding quality of her work. Angela is always attentive
and participates well at all times.
3N Kristen E
participating in class discussion and being an independent
3K Georgia B
more attentively in class and making every effort to become an
4S Andrew G
being polite and helpful, as well as always trying his
4D Phoebe R
Trying her best and
for being helpful and co-operative in class.
4C Holly G
thoughtful, helpful, caring nature and the
excellent start she has made to Year Four.
4H Ben K
5F Jessica R
work in all activities, especially home work.
5I Kristen B
work in all areas of her school work, especially
5C Elliot G
behaved boy who always tries his best with his work.
Elliot always does very neat work. Well done!
5/6K Jesse G
respect too all class members.
6L Jonathan M
His interest and
enthusiasm and the excellent start he has
made to Year Six.
6R Talitha V
Always producing work
of high quality and having a great attitude to work.
6C Jake M
An excellent classroom
attitude to learning and social development.
7S Nathan G
Making a good effort
to improve his work and organisation.
7L Desiree C
completing all work carefully, precisely and neatly. A great
start to Year Seven.
7F Lauren A
For her conscientious
approach to her Year Seven studies.
7B Catherine C
Demonstrating a consistent and conscientious approach
towards all areas of her school work. Well
French Desiree C
Chinese Jack M
Participating in activities with commitment and interest..
ROSHCA Montana S
School photos will be
taken on Wednesday 8th March. Please try to ensure
students are in full school uniform and money is in envelope
Band and Choir
Band and Choir photos
will also be taken that day. Payment for these photos will be
by orders taken after proofs are returned to school.
Students need to bring their black pants, shoes and socks. Music
shirts will be distributed on the day.
Music shirts will be
kept at school this year and given out to students on a loan
only basis when needed for a performance, therefore no
$10.00 deposit will be required this year.
Thank you to Bobby
Brown our fantastic DJ who gives up his time organising dance
competitions and keeping the students entertained at our school
discos. The students had a great night dancing and socialising
and in both sessions were extremely well behaved and well
mannered. Congratulations to the many lucky door prize winners
and dance competition winners. The junior session area will be
extended in future to allow more room to groove. A big thank you
to our talented teachers Mr Smith, Mrs Francis, Mr Jeffrey, Miss
Lee, Mrs Grover and Mr Dale, who helped supervise, dance and
serve food, not necessarily all at once. Parent helpers have
been fantastic, thank you to Julie J, Cam D, Goran and Nicky R
for helping set up and decorate the hall and help throughout the
night. Hot dogs were prepared by the very best chefs in
Brisbane, thank you Andrea & Linda (I know all the dance moves)
P, Julie S and Barry and Deborah G. also to Sara H for ordering
the hotdogs/drinks. Thank you to the glow girls who glowed,
Zoe B, Tracey A and Bronwyn K. Absolute 5 star Customer Service
as always from Pat W, Anne D, Angela A, Jeff J, Sarah and the
many mums that offered to help. Last but not least, there is no
job too big for Jenny P, thank you for driving around looking
for extra hotdogs.
Found: A small white
hooded top, a denim jacket and a girl’s purse with a strap. If you are the owner
of these lost items, please see the office.
disco will have a Crazy Hair theme and dates are still being confirmed so stay
behalf of the P&C
On Friday 31 March we are
having an ‘Arts Extravaganza’. On the night we need helpers so if you can give
one hour of your time please contact Kate Duncanson 2D.
PARENT’S PRAYER GROUP|
A Parent’s Prayer Group meets each Wednesday afternoon in the
ESL room just near the area between the Grade Three classrooms, from
2.30pm till 2.45pm.
We get together for an informal time of prayer for the school
Enquiries, please call
Mary 3841 6322
Robynne 3219 9771
An order form should be inserted in this week's newsletter. If you didn't
receive one, please feel free to download this form from our Website. All winter
orders should be submitted by Friday 31st of March. Please note that
this is a strict deadline as we will only order this year's requirements.
Please take note of the price changes effective 1 March 2006.
Special!! - Football socks
Normally $5.50, but we are now selling them at $4.00 a pair! The only
size left are: 3-7 and 13-3. This is a good bargain, especially now - its Footy
are back by popular demand. An order has been put through and these will be
available for purchase in Term 2. New price - $8.00
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.
We now have a range for sale at reasonable prices. Come by and have a look.
Please note that there are no returns or refunds on second hand uniforms.
If you have any queries, please feel free to contact me through the school's
email link:- firstname.lastname@example.org
any reason you are unable to work on your rostered day, please give Norma a call
on 3341 1149.
Tues Chris A
Wed Amanda R 9:30am
Fri Maryanne McN
Kathy R, Jenny C Gaila D
Mon Anne D
Tues Shirley L
Wed Sue V
Kath R Pat B, Leanne W
Tues Anne D
Wed Angie L
Amanda C 9:30 am
3 VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TODAY
Mon Kaye S
Julie for your help on Friday.
Tuckshop Lunch Bags
note that the cost for each bag is 5c. If you write your child’s orders on
envelopes or plain paper you must allow 5c for each little and big lunch order.
not hand overseas coins to the tuckshop. These coins are not accepted at the
note prices of bathing caps:
are you able to offer assistance on Fridays? We are in urgent need for
volunteers on Fridays. This day is the busiest of the week. If you can only help
out for 2-3hrs, please give me a call at home on 3411 149 or pop into the
Tuckshop Committee AGM
Monthly meeting and AGM date to be advised.
be selling these for 90c every day up to Easter vacation.
containers with lids to store Maths materials such as counters, cubes, coins