FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK
Thoughts for the Wee
“Get rid of all
bitterness, rage, anger and brawling and slander, along with every form
of malice.” Ephesians 4:31
“There are many paths to the top of the mountain, but the view is always
the same.” Chinese Proverb
is an age old
adage relevant to young and old. As educators parents and teachers share
the task of being role models to our young. This shared responsibility
should never begrudgingly be shared in the interests of children. No, it
should be warmly embraced by all parties contributing to the physical
and emotional well-being of young people. Toddlers and young infants
model behaviour every day. This is, after all, how they learn; how they
interpret the adult world, and how they try to gain acceptance in this
world. In a multi-secular, multi-cultural pluralist society such as ours
there are many competing values. Teachers hold certain values - parents
hold a diverse range of social and ethical values. What may be perfectly
acceptable in one family may be viewed as unacceptable in another. Such
is the nature of social values and norms that we need to be vigilant at
all times, lest we set the wrong example to our children. I suggest it
is hypocrisy to admonish children for using bad language if we use it as
matter of course ourselves. Moreover, what use is there in admonishing
anger and violent tendencies in our young if we are prone to road rage,
modelling atrocious behaviour to our children over a trifling traffic
incident. How many times do we endure the spectacle of irate customers
in shopping centre car parks, going hammer and tongs at each other over
who should get that particular parking spot? Turning to weekends, we are
constantly witnessing inappropriate parental behaviour from the
sidelines at the football. Small wonder then, when some children attend
school, that they take onboard their parents’ anger, violence and
inappropriate behaviour. It ought not to be the teachers’ role to
correct traits developed, if not necessarily sanctioned by parents,
outside the school. Unfortunately, inappropriate adult behaviour occurs
in and around our school from time to time. There should be no reason
for an individual adult visiting our school to speak or behave in an
institutions of learning. Schools are sanctuaries for intellectual
discourse and rigour, free of abuse, threats and inappropriate
behaviour. Our Values Education is a great asset to all. These
principles are embedded in our Values Education Curriculum and
can be found in the core of most societies – eastern and western. At its
genesis is a belief that we love our children. We want them to
experience and emulate this love. Secondly, we want our children to show
empathy, sympathy and tolerance in their lives. As adults we need to
remember that we are surrounded by our children. If we want our children
to tell the truth and accept responsibility for their actions, we need
to model this behaviour in our own lives. The greatest reward parents
can hope for is that their adult children will reflect on their youth
and conclude: “My Mum and Dad were the best role models a child could
on your bike, mate…but
do it safely! It is interesting to note that we do not require a
riding license to mount our bikes, yet are expected to negotiate the
very heavy suburban traffic. We had a ‘near miss’ reported to us last
week. A ‘near miss’ is only a pedal stroke away from a ‘fatal accident’
when struck by a car or truck. I appreciate that students like to ride
their bikes to school. I am asking parents, by way of dinner
conversations, to touch on the subject of bike/road safety.
great. Helmets protect, but helmets alone provide scant protection in
traffic. Concentration and alertness are essential traits we look for in
our school bike riders. I shall certainly address these concerns on
assembly and flag the topic here as well as asking parents to do their
bit on the home front so that our many students arrive and depart from
Rochedale alive and well.
And that’s the
way it is at Rochedale at the end of October…
POPPIES FOR SALE
Poppies are now on
sale from the school office until Friday 10 November for a cost of 50c
The School Disco
will be held this Saturday, November 4th in the
Activity Hall. The theme is ‘It’s A Crazy Disco’ – wear a crazy outfit
or a crazy hairstyle. See the flyer in this newsletter for more
information. Parents who are able to help with the Disco please let us
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION (CRE) NEWS
Considering CRE Teaching in 2007 at Rochedale??
If you belong
to a local church and have thought about getting involved in your child
or grandchild’s school why not mix them both and join our CRE team next
include a blue card, a letter of accreditation from your minister, ½ an
hour each week to teach and some time to prepare the lesson.
comprehensive teacher manuals, FREE training, a flexible timetable,
orientation, help and support.
We have two
Grade 3 classes and one Grade 5 class without a CRE teacher in 2007.
(We may even have two Grade 7 classes that need a CRE teacher) Why not
give me a call and find out more.
Robynne T, the CRE Co-ordinator for more information on 3219 9771, 0408
785 494 or email
Student Workbooks that are a part of our CRE program will now be
available through our booklist provider, Underwood News.The CRE Student
Workbooks have been included on the 2007 booklists for Grades 2 – 7 and
will therefore come with your child’s ‘book-pack’.
presented to all students at Rochedale State School unless parents have
sent in a written request asking that their child be excluded. If this
written letter of exclusion will apply to your child in 2007, please
cross off the CRE Student Workbook on your child’s booklist order before
submitting it to Underwood News.
students will receive photocopied worksheets during most CRE lessons.
Prep children, according to Education Qld’s draft RE policy document are
not to be offered RE lessons.
information, please contact Robynne T, the CRE Co-ordinator 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.
beginning our ‘Food and Gift Drive’ this week and we will be collecting
donated items through to the end of week 8.
has a ‘Donation Box’ where children can place any food or gift
Some ideas to
Any non-perishable Food Items (eg tins or packets--please check
Gifts (must be new);
Toiletry Items (eg hair products, shower gel);
Any non-perishable ‘Special Treats’ that you think would brighten
up someone’s Christmas Season.
would like to help sort and box up the donated goods on a Thursday
morning at 8.40am please give me a call.
T 3219 9771, 0408 785 494 or
Great news! The
Book Fair is here!
This year’s Book Fair will commence on, Tuesday 14/11/06. All classes
will be allocated a time to visit the Book Fair, peruse the materials
available, and compile a Wish List. Children are not permitted to browse
prior to this time unless a parent accompanies them. Parents are welcome
at any time between 8:15am and 3:00pm. The Wish List is made for Mum and
Dad’s consideration. Should you decide that you would like your child to
purchase a particular item, they may bring the money the next morning
(8:15am opening). Book Fair closes 1:00pm Friday 17/11/06 as the books
need to be packed up ready for collection. We regret that time
constraints prevent us from ordering new stock if your selection is sold
out. We also advise that we do not have credit card facilities. A
percentage of all proceeds goes to the library.
We appreciate your support and look forward to seeing you during the
Orders for the 75th ANNIVERSARY BOOKS are now available to be
collected from the office.
a reminder that all lay-by's 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 second-hand
uniforms at reasonable prices.
Have now arrived... Please ensure that your child brings a hat for
protection and remembering the school policy of "No hat, no play".
Please ensure that your child's hat is labelled.
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. A reminder that there are no refunds
on second-hand clothing
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.
Now that it is swimming season, we now stock Gymsack bags. Perfect to
put in your child's swimming gear. Cost is only $8.00. The Uniform Shop
also sells Artsmock, Homework folder (this is a sturdy, waterproof with
velcro) and Chair bag. Please check our website for the current price
forget our website.
spread the word...
If you can't make it to the Uniform shop during its normal trading
hours, we now have a website!
list and order
forms can now be
- and clicking
on the word "Uniform
Shop" on the
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
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
H Melissa T
24/11 Kath R
Michelle and my
year 6/7 girls
for your help
We will be
having a Pizza
Day on 15th
forms will go
home with next
dinner will be
Garden City Town
Square (next to
7:0pm. If you
would like to
add your name to
the list in the
make the evening
you please bring
along a wrapped
gift to the
value of around
$5.00, so we can
on the evening.
We have now our
order of 12.
Would the people
to have $35.00
cash to the
tuckshop ASAP so
order can be
Michelle D, Dian
G, Anne D, Julie
B, Karen E,
Sharon G D, Owen
N, Linda M
H, Sharon G.
Dip, Cracker and
Jelly and Fruit