FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK
Thoughts for the Week
near to God and he will come near to you.” James 4:8
“The most useful virtue is
patience.” John Dewey
Mother’s Day history…Contrary
to popular belief, Mother's Day was not conceived and fine-tuned in the
boardroom of Hallmark Greeting Cards! The earliest tributes to mothers
date back to the annual spring festival the Greeks dedicated to Rhea, the
mother of many deities, and to the offerings ancient Romans made to their
Great Mother of Gods, Cybele. Christians celebrated this festival on the
fourth Sunday in Lent in honour of Mary, mother of Christ. In England and
Australia this holiday was expanded to include all mothers and was called
Mothering Sunday. In the United States, Mother's Day started nearly 150
years ago, when Anna Jarvis, an Appalachian homemaker, organised a day to
raise awareness of poor health conditions in her community, a cause she
believed would be best advocated by mothers. She called it "Mothers’ Work
Day." Fifteen years later, Julia Ward Howe, a Boston poet, pacifist,
suffragist, and author of the lyrics to the "Battle Hymn of the Republic,"
organised a day encouraging mothers to rally for peace, since she believed
they bore the loss of human life more harshly than anyone else. In 1905
when Anna Jarvis died, her daughter, also named Anna, began a campaign to
memorialise the life work of her mother. Legend has it that young Anna
remembered a Sunday school lesson that her mother gave in which she said,
"I hope and pray that someone, sometime, will found a memorial mother's
day. There are many days for men, but none for mothers." Anna began to
lobby prominent businessmen like John Wannamaker, and politicians
including Presidents Taft and Roosevelt to support her campaign to create
a special day to honour mothers. In 1914 Anna's hard work paid off when
Woodrow Wilson signed a bill recognizing Mothers’ Day as a national
holiday. At first, people observed Mother's Day by attending church,
writing letters to their mothers, and eventually, by sending cards,
presents, and flowers. With the increasing gift-giving activity associated
with Mothers’ Day, Anna Jarvis became enraged. She believed that the day's
sentiment was being sacrificed at the expense of greed and profit. In 1923
she filed a lawsuit to stop a Mothers’ Day festival, and was even arrested
for disturbing the peace at a convention selling carnations for a war
mother's group. Before her death in 1948, Jarvis is said to have confessed
that she regretted ever starting the mother's day tradition. Despite
Jarvis's misgivings, Mothers’ Day has flourished in most parts of the
globe. In fact, the second Sunday of May has become the most popular day
of the year to dine out, and telephone lines record their highest traffic,
as sons and daughters everywhere take advantage of this day to honour and
to express appreciation of their mothers. The day is embraced by the
Rochedale State School community where mothers are very much appreciated.
Clearly, next Sunday ought not to be a contest to see how much we can buy
for our mothers but rather a special day when we spend quality time
together and articulate that communal “thank you” that all too often is
forgotten throughout the year.
The meaning of a ‘2-star hotel’
will never quite be the
same. The stoic Tasmanian miners entombed over a kilometre below ground
level in Beaconsfield have endured uncertainty, fear, hopelessness,
despair, hope, joy and exaltation - in short - a cocktail of human emotion
throughout their long ordeal. A nation has stopped. People have prayed,
mine owners and union officials have bridged insurmountable philosophical
divides to join as one in the most publicised rescue effort for years. The
children of the trapped men have been part of this roller-coaster, ably
aided by their class mates at school.
The quiet Tasmanian town
of Beaconsfield is a very ordinary place for a miracle.
Nestled in the upper
the Tamar Valley in the state's north, the settlement has few pretensions.
A modern supermarket, a Chinese restaurant cloned from the hundreds of
others dotted through regional towns around Australia, a couple of
bakeries, a newsagent and a school. Yet I guess when it comes to miracles,
they do not seek the razzamatazz of mega cities but find their ways to
places such as Beaconsfield, small, humble yet pivotal to the Australian
ethos. We can only hope and pray this week, that the same miracle will
extend to Sydney to favour with full recovery the unfortunate little girl,
Sophie. In 2003, Sophie suffered burns to more than 85 per cent of her
body and lost both her feet, a hand and an ear when a car crashed into a
childcare centre in Sydney and exploded into a fireball. On Friday
afternoon, she was in a stroller being wheeled across a pedestrian
crossing by her 21-year old carer when she was hit by a car travelling at
60km/h, throwing her stroller more than 18 metres. Our speed limit of
40km/h around Queensland schools should be observed by all.
as Easter, Anzac Day and Labour Day are now behind us as Rochedale State
School gets down to the business of uninterrupted learning, five days a
week. The cooler days provide an ideal backdrop to learning. I am pleased
to see teachers and students connecting in every classroom, providing that
wonderful formula of Great Expectations and Great Achievements.
Have a wonderful week in the autumn sun…
the helm, this Monday…
Student of the Month Awards
Congratulations to the following students who were selected as the
“Student of the Month” for the month of April. These awards were presented
on parade last Friday.
1J Isaac K
Having such a positive attitude to his schoolwork and being a cheerful
class member at all times.
1L Alana P
Continually showing enthusiasm for learning and striving to do your best.
1B Charlotte D
Developing her confidence and becoming a writing whiz! Keep it up,
1S Olivia B
Her cheerful, polite and enthusiastic manner which she exhibits in all
2D Jack G
He constantly tries his hardest at all times.His reading has improved with
confidence and fluency. Well done.
2C Jessica McD
Being an excellent student in all areas of her work and displaying a
caring attitude to he classmates. Well Done.
2J Brooke J
Consistently working at her best across all areas of the curriculum.
2B Courtney S
Her confident and willing approach to all classroom activities. Courtney
tries her very best to strive for success. Well Done!
2U Cissy J
Always being a helpful and supportive class member and working to the best
of her ability.
3W Lidea M
Her much improved attitude towards her work and her classmates. It is
delightful tosee Lidea believing in herself and her abilities.
Always displaying excellent behaviour, trying his hardest and being a
delightful member of 3W. Keep up the great work Andrew.
3D Quiddity F
The enthusiasm, efforts and happiness she always brings to her class.
3T Erin McN
The superb effort she is putting into all her work this term. Well done
3N Jayden A
Trying his best in class and showing great improvement in reading, writing
and number facts.
3K Matthew S
His contributions to class activities, his exceptional behaviour both in
and out of class and his personal achievements in many curriculum areas.
Showing interest, initiative and excellence in all aspects of classroom
work. Jessica upholds the values of our classroom.
4S Jaidyn L
Always striving to put his best effort into his work.
4D Matthew L
Working most conscientiously and making great progress with extension
activities at school. Congratulations.
4C Harley H
His enthusiasm in all aspects of school life.
start at her new
always has an
student with an
all aspects of
standard of work
to do the same.
school work and
Taking responsibility for her learning.
The interest and
displays in all
school life and
for the fabulous
start he has
made to Year
Being such an
6R Rhys C
in all areas of
in class at all
homework to a
7F Luke H
hard to improve
his skills where
effort in all
areas of her
work. Well done,
Chinese Darren L
ROSHCA Tiarne J
Being kind and
things to say to
at ROSHCA. Thank
you for being a
great role model
Being a Member
of the Mt
Being a Member
of the Mt
Being a Member
of the Mt
Being a Member
of the Mt
Please send a
note with your
child on return
to school after
absence – e.g.
illness. If no
note is received
your child will
be marked on he
school roll as
night that is on
8 students for
2007 has been
will be put on
at another time
to be advised.
Thanks to all
who bought their
our School to
support. We have
which will help
the school buy
Our Tip Top
so please keep
sending in the
the Tip Top
Range. Tip Top
10cents to the
School for each
of the Tuckshop.
W are looking
convenor – Mari
Shell Scott. If
you are able to
help an hour or
two on a weekly,
like to hear
from you. Please
Ph: 0413 033 093
will be held in
needed to serve
on the Mother’s
Day Stall, if
you can give an
hour or so of
your time during
the day please
let me know.
Also we need
leave them at
On behalf of the
0423 919 534
– Our new
arrived and we
have started to
again. We will
try to give one
day’s notice to
the grades we
will be selling
cordial or cups
– Year Six
given their ice
cream for wining
award from last
term. At parade
quite a few
grade will be
bonus points for
each award. Keep
up the great job
of keeping the
– Our talent
quest will be
held this term
towards the end
of term. Entry
forms will be
given out this
week. Entry fee
will be $1.00
per entry with a
limit of two
Winners of the
will win $30
So if you have
ay sort of
talent that you
would like to
show off to
others grab an
entry form and
come along and
YEAR 7 RAFFLE
our Year 7s by
buying a raffle
ticket for $2 or
by taking a book
of 10 tickets to
sell to your
Raffle money and
tickets are to
be returned to
Mrs Papa in the
May. The raffle
will be drawn on
We apologies for
the errors in
the letter that
was sent home.
The prizes are
Sight & Sound -
Salon - $100.00
News - $50.00
With Me -
Hair – $35.00
Thank you for
Year 7 teachers.
our school will
be travelling to
school at the
Our school has
teams and they
Mrs Jackson and
Mrs Francis. Mrs
Jackson has been
teams for the
We wish both
teams the best
After the success and fun
of last years event, Mr Brown and the P&C are busy organising a bigger and
better event for this year.
PRIZES!!! More FUN!!!!
week’s newsletter for all the details.
WINTER UNIFORM ORDERS
Are now in and ready for collection on Thursday or Friday this week.
Is your child feeling the cold? We have a number of second-hand winter uniforms
at reasonable prices. Please come by and have a look. A reminder that there are
no refunds on second-hand clothing.
If you have uniforms that no longer fit your child/ren, you may sell this at the
Uniform Shop. Terms and conditions apply. Just a reminder that we no longer
accept white emblem uniforms to sell, only the embroidered ones. Please ensure
that all uniforms are washed and in good condition prior to selling.
Fleecy track pants are on sale for $10 only. Normal price is $20. This
is old stock, sizes are only 12 & 14. Football socks are only $4.00, normal
price $5.50 - good for soccer or bed socks!!
As always, if you have any queries, please feel free to contact me through the
school's email link:-Marishell.Scott@eq.edu.au
Uniform Shop Convenor
If for any reason you are
unable to work on your rostered day, please give Norma a call on 3341 1149.
Tue Shirley L
Wed Sue V
10/5 Cathy W
11/5 Sue G
Fri INTERSCHOOL SPORT
12/5 Maryanne McN
2 HELPERS NEEDED
Mon Lyn L
15/5 Leslie H
Tues Anne D
Wed Angie L
18/5 Amanda C 9:30am
Fri INTERSCHOOL SPORT
19/5 Maryanne McN Gaila
D 1 HELPER NEEDED
Mon Kaye S
22/5 Sylvia B
Tues Sharon McF
Wed Melissa T
25/5 Sharon G
Fri INTERSCHOOL SPORT
McN,Amanda Hankins 1 HELPER NEEDED
Mon Kym B
29/5 Toni G
Tues Chris A
Wed Amanda R
2/6 Maryanne McN Gaila D
1 HELPER NEEDED
Leanne, Jenny, Leigh, Desley, Kathy and my Year 7 girls for your help last week.
I know you have heard about
this terrific machine. Now is your chance to purchase one. The cost will be
$35.00 each. Going home with today’s newsletter will be an order form. I am
sorry no cheques
will be accepted. This will be
until Friday 26th
May to place your orders.
Delivery will be first week in June. Orders and money are to be in a sealed
envelope and placed in a container at the tuckshop. This machine is a hit at the
tuckshop. We have children who normally don’t eat apples but because of the
machine, they come back for more slinkies. This is a small investment for such
an ingenious invention. Order one today.
MANSFIELD STATE HIGH SCHOOL
French Immersion Program Information Evening
interested parents and students
High School Corner Ham Road and Broadwater Road, (Enter by the Ham Road car
park. Walk along beside the Assembly Hall to the first classroom in F-Block.)
Person: Mrs Sonja
Kokot, Head of Department, Languages
Phone: 3452 5356
back for Term 2 Junior Touch Football.
was an exciting atmosphere for both Chelmer and Mt Gravatt competitions. I hope
all parents/guardians and children are having fun.
Touch at Mt Gravatt and Chelmer is continuing for Term 2.
Touch would like to invite all team players from Term 1 to commence back for
Term 2. Mt Gravatt will continue on Wednesday afternoon 4:30 pm nad Chelmer
love to see everyone back for more Touch Football action.
also opening a new
competiton at Shaw Rd Shaw
night is on the 2nd of May and commencing tap off on the 9th
if you have any further enquiries please do not hesitate to contact Josh at the
White – Junior Development
Marilyn Williams – District Development
TOUCH! .. PLAY FAST! JOIN YOUR MATES!
KIDDIN’ CHILD CARE CENTRE
Just Kiddin’ Child Care
Centre, established 1988 and privately owned has positions available Monday –
Friday for 15 months to 5 years of age.
new Directorship of Sue Mansell and together with Licensee Sue Frawley and our
team of experienced, qualified staff, we offer a high quality standard of
philosophy of Caring * Nurturing * Education and in our small friendly
environment, your child will thrive at Just Kiddin’.
House wanted in Rochedale
from 15th December to 9th January 2007. Prepared to swap
new house in Christchurch New Zealand.
phone John or Lyndsay McMillan 3341 2665 or 0432 605 002.
very much, Jon McMillan