FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK
Thoughts for the Week
“But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him to his feet, and he stood
“A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was,
the sort of house I lived in, or the car I drove. But the world may be
different because I was important in the life of a child.”
is an annual award which
reverberates with positive connotations. In most Rochedale homes
children celebrated their Fathers yesterday. These celebrations received
no coverage in the media nor did they seek it either. To be a good
father takes skill, devotion, trial and error and a pervading feeling of
never giving up. Fatherhood commences at the birth of a child. It
endures to the end of life itself. Eighty year old pensioners welcome
their sixty year old children with the same gratifying feeling as
twenty-five year-old adults welcome their toddlers through the bedroom
door waving a home made card or a simple gift. So where did Father’s Day
begin? It began, like so many other traditions, from the grassroots up.
It began with Sonora Smart Dudd, a woman who sought to honour her father
in 1909. Her dad, a Civil War veteran, was left a widower with six young
children when his wife passed away in childbirth. He managed to raise
all his children alone on the Washington farm and was now old and frail.
Others were so impressed by the idea that it became adopted not only
throughout the USA but also in Australia and New Zealand. The more
public face of Father’s Day was a much later addition. The first
Australian Father of the Year was awarded in 1957 and went to Sir Edward
Hallström, Kt. F.R.Z.S. an industrialist and philanthropist who was
integral in the establishment of Taronga Zoo. Since then, the Australian
Fathers Day Council has continued to award an inspirational role model
for Fathers and children of Australia. The Council was established by
the Chairman of David Jones, who on a visit to New York witnessed a
Father of the Year lunch and was so impressed by the idea he formed The
Father's Day Council. This year’s
Queensland recipient is 83-year-old father of two, Salvation Army
Commissioner Bill Cairns. In his citation we read of a man “who has
brought comfort, care and support to many thousands of children not only
here but in neighbouring South-East Asian countries.” Fathers have a
great responsibility in contemporary society. Yesterday was a day when
we could contemplate this responsibility and enjoy the unique role to
Election time again…
We are now in the home straight of the Queensland State Election 2006.
Our school will morph into a polling booth come Saturday. Our democracy,
which ought never to be taken for granted, is alive and well. Both sides
have presented their cases to the voters of Queensland. From billboards
to radio and television, not forgetting the print media, Premier Beattie
and Opposition Leader Springborg have tried the gentle – and not so
gentle – art of persuasion as to why one side or the other should be
entrusted with the mandate to govern Queensland for the ensuing three
years. Like a football grand final, itself not far away, there can only
be one winner in this contest. Regardless of the outcome I hope that the
winner is the populace of Queensland. Meanwhile, several members of our
teaching staff shall man the polling booths between 08.00 a.m. and 06.00
p.m. Casting your vote in free and fair elections is one of the greatest
assets we have as Australians. Do speak to your children about the fact
that you are going to vote next Saturday. You may be surprised about how
much they already know about democracy of which voting is such an
How many know where the name Rochedale came from?
Rochedale was named after
an Irishman, Mr. W. Roche, who took up 300 acres in the area in the
1870s. After the First World War a meeting was held concerning the need
for a local post office. This required a local name and the name
Rochedale was agreed on. Rochedale is generally a low-lying flat
suburb, with Bulimba Creek forming its eastern boundary and Priest Gully
part of its western boundary. Several smaller tributaries of these
creeks also cross the suburb. In the 1981 Wildlife Survey, Rochedale
recorded 94 species of birds of many types, eleven species of reptiles
and seven species of native mammals, including koalas, possums,
wallabies, and flying foxes. The Roche family settled in the area in the
1870s. T. Roche may have gone shearing to get the money to start his
orchard and vineyard. Later the orchard and his vineyard provided an
income. The Roche home soon became a landmark in the area, with social
and musical gatherings popular. ‘A cultural Oasis’, is how the
Brisbane Courier described the home. An annual cricket match for
Brisbane journalists was held there. William Roche was involved in the
erection of the second school at Eight-Mile Plains in the 1870s.
Catholic Church services were held at tom Roche’s house when the priest
came from Beaudesert every three months. William Roche was born in
Limerick in Ireland in 1838. He migrated to Australia around 1861 and
married Kate McDermott in Brisbane in 1867. She had arrived in Moreton
bay from Ireland three years earlier. In 1868, they leased 50 acres of
land in Rochedale and in 1875, they bought it outright, having already
fenced it and built a homestead there. Subsequently, he selected another
361 acres, in three portions, which included the land now occupied by
our wonderful Rochedale State School.
William cleared the land and
planted grapes and an orchard, and also went shearing for a period each
year to pay for the property. Kate managed the farm and looked after
their only child, Thomas, who was born in1872. William died in 1902 at
64 years old and Kate died in 1915 aged 75. The homestead was called
‘Rochedale’ in 1916, but it was situated in ‘Eight Mile Plains’. After
World War I the land was no longer used for grapes but for small crop
farming. Emil Obrist and his family came to the Broadwater area in the
Nineteenth century. In 1900 they bought land from the Fisher family, on
the red-soil ridge at Rochedale and Miles Platting Roads.
vegetables were sold and provisions brought from Brisbane. The children
walked through the bush to get to the school at Eight-Mile Plains. In
1912, Emil Obrist put down the first water bore in the suburb. I somehow
wonder if Emil Obrist’s generation was more frugal with water in and
around Rochedale than our present generation? Perhaps we should name one
of our bubblers the ‘Emil Obrist Fountain’?
And that’s the way it is
this first week of spring 2006…
Student of the Month Awards
the following students who were selected as the “Student of the Month”
for the month of August. These awards were presented on parade last
1J Ksenia L
Showing such enthusiasm and
enjoyment when reading books.
1L Rowan L
Showing a great improvement in
his work due to his enthusiasm and determination. Keep it up, Rowan!
1B Maddy P
Consistently upholding our
school values. Keep up the great behaviour and work in class!
1S Lachlan W
Always giving his best and
demonstrating the school values.
2D Shannae F
excellent writing samples and displaying a wonderful eagerness to learn.
Well done Shannae.
Consistently tries her hardest
at all times. Jayme has produced wonderful descriptions and recounts
this term and is a commendable student.
2J Kyra S
classroom behaviour and always demonstrating school values at all times.
2B Brea A
Always using excellent manners
to teachers and peers. Brea has also been working hard to improve her
2U Madeleine G
Never giving up on her power
writing and always showing respect and consideration to her class
3W Jeremy G
Always putting 100% effort
into everything he does and for being a caring and helpful member of 3W.
Well done Jeremy!
3D Liam H
Leading others with his
maturity and high work standards.
3T Lucy W
Her enthusiasm and hard work
in all areas of school. Well Done Lucy. Keep it up!
3N Tate H
Achievements in Typerights.
Tate is on Level 3 Part 3. He really enjoys improving at typing. Well
3K Kaisha T
Never giving up, Encouraging
others. Doing her very best, Exceptional levels of behaviour and school
4S Daniel C
Being such an avid reader as
well as a tremendous help to both his teachers and peers. Well Done!
4D Nicole K
Working well at her school
tasks, especially her speaking topics.
4C Samantha D
Her enthusiasm and commitment
to her academic work.
4H Brianna M
Always working conscientiously
and participating well in all class activities.
5F Scott W
Trying really hard with his
5I Maddison W
An outstanding attitude and
achievement in the content and presentation of daily work, especially
her project work.
5C Olivia G
an enthusiastic attitude with
Typerites and always polite.
5/6K Kelly G
quality work in
all areas. Well
6C Erin L
Her pleasant and
class work and
food effort and
7L Alex A
and working to a
Her first class
efforts in the
of this year.
7B Amy B
effort in all
Chinese Lorna G
ROSHCA Kathryn Y
Her extra efforts in completing her homework and helping others.
As you are aware
this year is
to mark this
occasion we have
are available in
colours (blue or
yellow) with our
6 core values
displayed in the
are made of an
stickers will be
available at the
stall at the
fete, but if you
would like to
below with $2.00
and forward it
to Vicky king or
are a great way
to promote our
A big thank-you
to all Mothers
help with the
Friday. We had a
hope all the
Our next meeting
will be held on
7:00pm in the
Thanks for your
0423 919 534
TRASH N TREASURE
Now is the time
to clean out
and homes. We
need all of your
and items to
sell at the
fete. Your trash
Please leave all
of you donations
Building in the
We also need
plastic bags for
a few of the
these in the
hall in the
to sort Trash n
call Jenny P.
If you have any
0402 011 696
A reminder that
just 2 weeks of
in the Premiers
year 1,2 and 3
must read or
of books and
records to Mrs
Francis by 15
Thank you to all
for the poetry
displayed at the
2007 is now
lay-by will need
to be finalised
by 30th of
fees will apply.
Thank you for
Our website has
Thank you to all
in our Open Day
price - $26 -
Saving of $5
(Sizes 8-16 are
As always if you
feel free to
If for any
reason you are
unable to work
on your rostered
day, please give
Norma a call on
SPORT Gaila D
25/9 to Fri
Thank you Gaila
for your help
last week. Thank
you to Anne,
and to Cathy C
for use of
mobile phone. Do
pies etc. from
require stock of spoons, cups, foam trays, chips, paper bags etc from Canteen
Supply for your stall at this year’s fete, your order must be in by Thursday 7th
September at the tuckshop.
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. I need 7
Healthy Food Competition
Markets are running a healthy foods competition through the tuckshop. Each time
a students buys a healthy item with fruit or vegetables in it e.g. toasted ham
and tomato, salad sandwich or salad box, corn on cob, fruit cup, a piece of
fruit etc. you will receive a boarding pass card and one fresh for kids Token
Sticker. Collect 4 stickers and stack them onto your boarding pass, then hand
this into the tuckshop and you will be given a wrist band, you also have the
chance to win prizes, Sea World Passes, Ipod Names, $25 Retail sports Voucher.
See poster at tuckshop. Offer closes Friday 15th September.
know what these 3 colours represent for smart choices Healthy Food and Drink
– occasionally – e.g. lollies, cream buns, chocolate custard donuts, sweet
biscuits, certain ice cream, donuts, soft drink, deep fried food (hot chips)
– Select carefully – e.g. chicken nuggets, pizzas, pies, cheese and bacon rolls,
muffins ham, chicken meat, dairy products, ice blocks.
– have plenty of – e.g. fruit, vegetables, bread, cereal, raisin toast, rice
cakes, noodles , pasta, eggs, corn on cob, water, baked beans, English muffins,
tuna, dairy products.
will feel better on the inside if you have a small serving of food from the
amber range and plenty from the Green list. Enjoy eating healthy food!
Tea Dip, Crackers and Fruit
Activity Ladybug on Leaf Collage
Activity Frisbee Netball
Tea Fruit Platter
Craft UFO Creation Competition
Activity Parachute Games
Tea Dip, Crackers and Fruit
Activity Flying Dutchman
Tea Cakes and Fruit
Tea Popcorn and Fruit
Activity Soccer Ball
September Vacation Care
Monday 25th September – Friday 5th October
time again, time to make your vacation care bookings. If you need care for your
child/ren during this period please make a booking with the ROSHCA team. A
booking deposit of $20.00 is payable when making your booking. This deposit will
be absorbed by your child care fees during this period. To avoid disappointment
please make your booking as soon as possible.
collect your program and/or make a booking please see Fran or Zoe at the ROSHCA
Jacket lost on the 25/08/06
return to 5I or phone 0400 297 266.
SPORTS – MULTISPORTS DAY
Date: Tuesday 3rd October
Venue: Oz Sports Springwood
3269 Logan Road, Underwood
Sports: Cricket, Netball, soccer
Cost: 1 person $15 or book 2 or more people for $10 each. So bring a friend to play in your team.
Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm
group: 8 – 15 years
bring: Packed Lunch, Drink Bottle
Coaches: Queensland Development Officer Current Australian
date: Friday 22nd September