FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK
Thoughts for the Wee
“Be joyful always,
pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances.” 1 Thessalonians
“Give without remembering, take without forgetting.”
Founded in the 3rd Century B.C.
by Ptolemy II of Egypt, the Library of Alexandria was known as the
‘depository of all knowledge known to man.’ Burnt down by Caesar in 48
B.C., and consequently by others, the Library still drew such emotion in
the great scholar Carl Sagan, a couple of decades ago, that tears welled
up in his eyes when describing its senseless destruction. A possible
reason might have been that the great Library of Alexandria housed
irreplaceable 1-off papyrus rolls. Libraries have, throughout the ages,
evoked awe and reverence. Not until the present, where information is only
a click away via a Google search, have libraries known a rival. Yet, how
can a Google search compare with a walk through some of the great
libraries of the world, or even the State Library of Queensland? The great
spaces, the ambiance, the hushed silence all contribute to an
‘experience.’ This experience is emulated on a daily basis, although to a
more modest degree, in school libraries around our nation. School
libraries are often the first introduction children receive to the world
of books and literature. In a busy society we recognise
that some parents do not have
the time or opportunity to head to Council Libraries or the State Library
in the City. You can therefore understand our joy in announcing that the
Rochedale State School Library will receive an injection of $67,300 for a
welcomed face-lift. This refurbishment program has been possible through
the Queensland Government’s Tomorrow’s Schools Project. Not one,
but several Australian authors/scholars make mention in their
autobiographies of their introduction to literature in the humble school
library. This genesis is as relevant in 2006 as it was decades or
centuries ago. While not setting out to equal the great Library of
Alexandria, I am confident that the generous grant will go a long way
towards making our school library a showcase in the district. I thank the
P. & C. for its support of our project.
rumour mill around
the area will grind to a halt today as I touch upon a subject of general
interest. It is always prudent to be upfront when rumours take hold.
Rochedale State School is not closed to enrolment. Our Enrolment
Management Plan is in fact an ‘overarching blue print for the future’. It
is a strategic document in place to enable us to plan for future growth in
years to come. Should, for example, the demographics by 2010 suggest that
we need to expand to accommodate an additional 400 students we need to be
aware of such growth far ahead of its arrival. However, the current
situation is clear. We do not prevent or discourage enrolment from outside
or immediate catchment area. We can fully understand why parents, on
hearing about our great school, would wish to enrol their children. That
is how the positive rumour mill works. The opposite – the negative rumour
mill – grinds to a halt once the facts are disclosed. Not only do we
welcome enrolments from inside and outside our catchment area, but we also
encourage siblings of enrolled students at Rochedale to follow their older
brothers and sisters, donning the blue and yellow uniform of Rochedale.
will recall that
Mrs Vicky King flew north to Townsville some months ago to spread the
message of Values Education. Miss King is back at Rochedale after
her stint of Long Service Leave. As values co-ordinator Mrs King’s
work has been recognised by the Region through a professional learning
grant which she will use to continue our values journey and provide
outreach support to other schools. This is a great achievement and I am
sure that our neighbouring schools will greatly benefit from Mrs King’s
strong repertoire which takes in subjects such as ethics and
morals, important traits in our modern, complex society.
warm welcome back
to Deputy Principal Clint, refreshed from his Long Service Leave and
enthused to take on his important role at Rochedale.
simultaneously would like to thank Tony Sanderson who filled in most
professionally during Deputy Clint’s absence. I appreciate the quality and
calibre of staff at Rochedale who can fill in at short notice and perform
at exceptionally high standards.
Day was officially launched by the Director-General of UNESCO, Federico
Mayor, at the International Conference on Education in Geneva in 1993.
27th October was chosen because it was that date in 1966 that a special
inter-governmental conference, organised jointly by UNESCO and the
International Labour Organisation (ILO), adopted the Recommendation
concerning the Status of Teachers, which remains valid today. More than
100 countries observe World Teachers' Day. The efforts of Education
International and its 311 member organisations have contributed to this
wide spread recognition.
Education International says that without teachers, education would not be
what it is meant to be, because to teach is not simply to tell a child
established facts and figures. It is to inspire, to unlock his or her
potential, to offer new perspectives, to help children realise their
dreams to build a better world. This is the reason why Education
International insists on the right of every child around the world to have
a qualified teacher.
stages of the education system, from kindergarten to higher education,
qualified teachers are needed to guide students in developing values that
are essential to peace, tolerance, equality, respect and understanding.
Qualified teachers help children, young people and also adults develop
essential social and life skills, such as trust, confidence, dialogue,
critical thinking and self-esteem. Teachers are the pillars of education.
Teachers open doors to a better world.
world tomorrow depends on the world's teachers open up for our children.
So this Friday, we salute our Teaching Staff here at Rochedale. Well
that’s the way the week is panning out from my vantage point…
The P&C meets this
Tuesday, October 24th starting at 7:00pm. The meeting
is held in the Teacher’s staffroom. All are welcome to attend.
Tip Top Fundraiser
Keep those bread
wrappers coming in! Thank-you to those who have been dropping off their
Tip top wrappers into the container located outside of the Tuckshop. Tip
top will give the school 10c for each wrapper collected. The Tip Top
range includes the Tip top bread range as well as Golden Crumpets &
Pancakes, Burgen Bread, Bazaar Breads of the World and Noble Rise
The final disco for
the year will be held in November. More details soon.
We are running a
fundraiser that the children will enjoy. They can have their own drawing
put into a pin-on badge that they can keep. It’s a fun way of making a
small piece of wearable art. The badge size is 32mm in diameter, and the
cost per badge is $2.50. An order from is included in this week’s
newsletter. Order forms and money must be returned to school by Monday
October 30th. Templates will then be issued for your child to
decorate; they then return their art work to school for collection.
Samples of the badges are on display in the School Office.
CHRISTIAN RELIGIOUS EDUCATION (CRE) NEWS
CRE Teacher vacancies in 2007
We have had one
parent from our school community offer to take a CRE class next year
which is very exciting. We still have 2 gaps in Grade 3, 1 gap in Grade
5 and possibly 2 Grade 7 gaps.
would love to have you join our team
Requirements include a blue card, a letter of accreditation from your
minister, ½ an hour each week to teach and some time to prepare the
provide comprehensive teacher manuals, FREE training, a flexible
timetable, orientation, help and support.
Alternatively, we would love to develop our ‘reliever CRE Teacher team’
further. Maybe you could be involved for 2 – 6 weeks at a time to fill
in for an absent CRE Teacher
contact Robynne T, the CRE Co-ordinator for more information on 3219
9771, 0408 785 494 or email
FOOD AND GIFT DRIVE
Each year our
School Community packs many boxes of donated food and gift items. These
items are distributed through St Vincent de Paul Christmas Hampers to
needy families in the Rochedale/Springwood area.
November will be our ‘Food and Gift Drive’ month.
classroom will have a ‘Donation Box’ where children can place any
donated non-perishable food (please check use-by dates) or gifts (must
hoping that we can all work together again this year to help Christmas
time be a little bit brighter for those in our community who are in
Donation ideas and updates will appear in the newsletter.
anyone would like to help sort and box up the donated goods on a
Thursday morning at 8.40am please give me a call.
Robynne T 3219 9771 or 0408 785 494
Orders for the 75th
ANNIVERSARY BOOKS are now available to be collected from the office.
Size 3 shorts (Prep) will be available for purchase by the end of
November for $16.50. The price difference is due to a special
order as our normal supplier for rugby knit shorts are unable to supply
Just a reminder that all lay-bys are required to be finalised by 30
November, otherwise cancellation fees will apply.
If you have just enrolled or are new to the school, we have uniforms
which are available for purchase. Otherwise, we have secondhand uniforms
at reasonable prices.
Skorts now selling for $21. Normal price - $26 - Saving of $5
(Sizes 8-16 are available) A great option for the girls instead of the
Rugby Knit shorts.
The Uniform Shop sells Artsmocks, Homework folders (this is a sturdy,
waterproof with velcro) and Chair bag. Please check our website for the
current price list.
Have you lost your
At the end of Term 3, a lot of Tazlon Jackets had been returned to the
Uniform Shop. All have been washed. If your name is listed below,
please come and collect it.
collected by the
end of this week
will be taken as
a donation and
sold as a
Sarah Obrist 5K
+ 4 no named
Don't forget our
If you can't
make it to the
hours, we now
have a website!
list and order
forms can now be
- and clicking
on the word "Uniform
left hand side
of the page.
Once the form
this to the
office and I
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
make the cheques
School - P&C
I have also
created an order
form with credit
Please feel free
to use this
details will be
will be returned
to you once the
order has been
If for any
reason you are
unable to work
on your rostered
day, please give
Norma a call on
25/10 Cathy W
If you would
like to order
one of these
pop into the
tuckshop and see
me. Cost is
orders to do a
request). I only
require 1 more
person to order.
Junk Shop Relay
SERVICES PTY LTD
We would really
like to make our
are limited. If
for new ones
could you please
donating the old
ones to the
Karen on 3343
1222 for further
Activity Hall –
chain with 3
Call Sue V. on
0407 028 072