FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK
Thoughts for the Week
whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.” Matthew
“A joy shared is a joy
doubled.” Goethe (1749 – 1832)
bit of a lonely
place,” quipped one of the cleaners, noting yesterday’s absence of
students. Teachers and Staff felt the same but were engaged in a host of
activities which saw the hours speed past at break neck speed. Clearly,
schools are not schools without students, which is why I take the
opportunity to welcome everyone back. The two winter weeks certainly
passed rather quickly. We have now returned to school for one of the most
productive 11-week terms on record. I guess I should ‘cushion’ the “11
Week Term” by announcing that in week 6 we look forward to the EKKA
holiday on People’s Day, Wednesday 16th August. From then on it
will be full steam ahead until the Spring holidays in late September.
school is looking
remarkably good despite Level 3 water restrictions. Our Ground Staff are
to be commended for their work in keeping our school green during the
severe drought and commensurate water restrictions. I am pleased with our
students’ maturity in keeping a watch on taps around the school. Their
combined vigilance against dripping taps and running toilets is in direct
response to teachers’ ongoing reminders about water conservation. This is
how it should be in an inclusive society. We are mindful of the many
market gardens and small farms in Rochedale doing it tough presently.
Water restrictions impact on everyone and I am sure the topic is
frequently revisited in classes throughout the school. We can only hope
and pray that the current drought will soon be replaced by that
sub-tropical climate for which South-East Queensland used to be famous.
Meanwhile, we do our bit here at Rochedale to conserve water wherever we
count-down is on
for the Rochedale State School Fete on 16th September. This year’s
Fete will be bigger and more comprehensive than previous fetes and is an
integral part of the school’s 75-year anniversary celebrations. Our busy
organising committee is not leaving anything to chance and this is one of
the reasons we flag the event early. “Ingenuity” is the catch phrase to
get everyone involved. The organisers are staging a ‘grocery wheel’ but
not just any old ‘grocery wheel’. To this end we are seeking donations
from parents. Students are encouraged to bring various grocery items – and
your imagination is the only limitation – biscuits, can goods,
non-perishables, in short, what ever you can spare between now and
September. Goods, brought to school are registered and the class/es who
raise the most goods win prizes throughout the term. Sounds competitive?
Yes, however, we live in a competitive world and everyone, in this case,
is barracking for the same team = Rochedale State School.
Another team for whom
many barracked in the early
hours of yesterday morning was Italy, the World Cup winners 2006. The
Socceroos, having been bundled out of the cup by a team who won the final,
can be proud of their achievements. Many at this school followed the Cup
with intense interest and emotion. I guess we knew that the Cinderella
story would end prematurely for Australia, yet to have come so far was a
feat in itself. Australia is no longer a Soccer fringe dwelling nation,
but one that can deliver on the world stage. This delivery brought a new
enthusiasm for the game and I feel certain that our students will discuss
the final in detail as they take to the Oval at lunch time wishing they
had Guus Hiddink yelling at them from the side line.
No, not quite.
However, the building activity over the winter holidays is still in full
swing. ‘Preparation’ is indeed a suitable word for Prep-Year. We are
getting prepared for 2007. It does not happen overnight. The current
construction of Prep-Year ground facilities is only the beginning of our
comprehensive make-over which will see our junior adventure playground
developed into a welcoming setting for our newest clients next year. I
have stressed it before and return to it again. Nothing is as important as
‘first impressions.’ What follows, as you well know, fades by comparison
to that very first impression. We are mindful of this fact and are
creating, through various means, the most welcoming environment possible
for our little people. Walking through that Prep Year classroom on the
first day of term in 2007 may well be the future Premier of Queensland or
Prime Minister of Australia. I believe it is important to make their
educational journey the most pleasant experience possible.
School uniforms vary
greatly between schools. In
some schools, particularly in the private sector, much protocol and
ceremony goes into the way they are designed and worn. In the State School
system we also pride ourselves on school uniforms. The wearing of the
Rochedale school uniform sets us apart from other schools. Children
walking to and from school are ambassadors of the school and are viewed as
such by the public at large. School uniforms are also great social
levellers in that all students feel the same in uniform. Social
distinctions disappear as students meet on a socially level playing field
once inside the school gates. Moreover, parents overwhelmingly support our
uniform policy. Unfortunately, some parents, possibly through pressure,
permit their children to come to school either without uniform altogether
or an amalgam of some items of uniform worn with surf board shorts or
denim jeans, items which I assure you are not part of the Rochedale State
School uniform repertoire. Should parents experience financial
difficulties purchasing new uniforms I advise that we have an excellent
second hand section attached to our Uniform Shop – open on Thurs and Fri
mornings – which can supply almost new, or little used shirts, shorts and
hats, items that assure correct uniform wear at our school. At Rochedale
we do not have prefects at the gates monitoring uniform compliance, we
simply rely on parental co-operation, for which I thank you in advance.
that’s the way it is, on this second day of Third term at Rochedale…
Student of the
to the following
were selected as
the “Student of
the Month” for
the month of
his knowledge of
efforts in all
1S Mia R
displays in all
effort in report
hardest at all
times and has
made a huge
his work. Well
shows consideration to
his peers at all
times. A valued class
3W Peter J
behaviour and a
she puts into
all areas all areas
of her learning.
3T Linh V
superb effort in
reading groups and for
reading over 30
term. Well done Linh.
3N Erica LL
member who has
worked very hard
3K Kyle W
in his spelling.
Taylor is a
Also she has
worked well in
in raising money
for the Royal Children’s
on all tasks.
report and a
clever performancee as
Ben Gunn in the
Keep up Keep up the
student who is
always trying hard
with his work. with his work. with his work.
all aspects of
school life and
courteous and co
to her school
work. Well done
high standard of
7L Jack M
well in all
activities in a
shown in her
willing to meet
a challenge in all
areas of his
work. Well done
Chinese Conor M
commitment commitment commitment and
interest. interest. interest.
provided – BYO
$10 per player –
up to 8 per team
Questions – Easy
Prizes – Not
If you can’t
form your own
team, we will
find one for
Bookings – Jeff
Child Minding –
1 gold coin
An invitation is
extended by Mr
John to all
staff and family
members to a
and bass guitar
on Saturday 22nd
July in the
School Hall from
The concert will
start at 4:00pm
and be followed
This is a free
to give you the
see if your
child would like
to learnt to
play any of
phone Mr John on
COURTNEY – A
IN THE MAKING!!
Rochedale State School turns 75 this year, our class will be comparing life now
to life in the past. This unit will be culminating in a display at the fete in
September. To assist us in doing this unit we are looking for old photos of the
school or past students. We would like to borrow these for a short time to scan
and return to you. If any past students would be willing to talk to our class
about what school life was like at Rochedale in the past, we would also be
interested in hearing from you.
contact Gayle Healey or Vicky King on 3340 8333 during school hours.
for the great support of this fund –raising event. The winners will be announced
this week on parade (Friday). All outstanding money must be returned by this
and Reunion News
school Fete will be held on Saturday September 16th starting at
10:00am and finishing at 3:00pm. The Fete is part of our 75th
Anniversary Celebrations and will be followed by a Reunion Picnic/Cricket Day on
Sunday September 17th. There will be more information about these
exciting events in the Fete Bulletin next week. As in the past we strongly rely
on support and donations to make our Fete successful.
we are requesting donations from the whole school community for our Grocery
Wheel, Chocolate toss, Pick-a-Chick and other stalls. A competition will be
conducted for the classes donating the most items. 1st, 2nd
and 3rd prizes will be issued to the upper school, as also for the
lower school classes. So 6 classes will receive prizes this year.
like to start collecting items from this week.
must be taken to your child’s classroom, items such as non-perishable foodstuff
e.g. pasta, canned foods, cleaning items. Please check use-by dates. We can not
use items that expire before December 2006.
P&C meeting will be held on Tuesday 24th July, starting at 7:00pm in
the Teacher’s Staffroom. The main agenda item will be planning for the Fete and
the Reunion Picnic/Cricket Day.
forward to your support.
I hope everyone had a great school break. Welcome back to Term 3! The Uniform
Shop will be open again this Thursday and Friday from 8:00am - 9:00am.
Don't forget our 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.eq.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 just enrolled we have surplus new winter uniforms,
which are available for purchase. Otherwise, we have secondhand uniforms at
NEWS FLASH - CHAIRBAGS
We are trialling this new chairbag:-
Features of this chair bag are:
New Endura Comfort Chairbag $12.00
Fabric is durable 600D polyester with pvc backing (Colour: black)
Quilted airmesh panels with dense foam for back support, comfort & warmth in
2 slip pockets to hold books & papers
Clear PVC ID window for students to decorate
Dimensions are: 47cm wide x 60cm high
We only have a limited supply, so first in, best dressed!
As always if you have any queries, please feel free to contact me through the
school's email link:-Marishell.Scott@eq.edu.au
any reason you are unable to work on your rostered day, please give Norma a call
on 3341 1149.
Wed Melissa T
Fri Maryanne McN
Gaila D, Melissa T
Mon Lyn L
Tues Sharon McF
Wed Angie L
Fri Maryanne McN
Amanda H, Kath R
Mon Kaye S
Tues Chris A
Wed Amanda R 9:15am
McN SPORTS DAY
Gaila D, Melissa T YEARS 4 - 7
Tues Shirley L
back everyone. Do hope you had a relaxing break.
response to this machine has been terrific. I will take orders if you still want
one. Cost is $35.00 and must be cash only. To order these I require 12 orders
(supplier only takes orders of 12). Pop into the Tuckshop for a demo. Thank you.
VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY –
HEALTHY FAMILIES PROGAM
Volunteers – Free Training!
Vincent de Paul is currently seeking volunteers for the Healthy Families Program
– An in home- support program working with families who may be experiencing
difficulties with family life and parenting. You will help families in ways such
as: organising manageable routines, implementing behaviour management
strategies, budgeting, cooking tips or just being a consistent support.
special qualifications are needed, however a non-judgemental attitude,
commitment to about 4-6 hours per week and a willingness to attend a training
course is vital. Training will be held on 4 Wednesday evenings and 3 Saturdays
in August. For more information please call Shelley or Maree on 3807 6623 or
an information pack
continues for Term 3. Term 3 season starts the week beginning July 10.
We would love
to see you all back for a bigger and better competition in Term 3. Bring along
Sign on night
is 10 July -
11 July - Shaw
Rd , Wooloowin 5pm
12 July - Mt
$49 Wooloowin and Mt Gravatt
starts in the week beginning 17 July. Please do not
hesitate to contact Josh at the office should you have any queries.
White - Junior Development
Marilyn Williams - District Development
TOUCH! .. PLAY FAST! JOIN YOUR MATES!
0411 757 577 Fax 3275 2229