Newsletter 2019 Term 1, Week 5

February 27, 2019 0 comments

Newsletter Term 1 2019

Welcome back to all families and students to the 2019 school year. This year we’ve welcomed 93 new students, including 71 Reception students, and new teachers; Karyn Byles, Year 2, Geoff Cubbin, Year 6, Jess Burns, Year 3 and Janet Parkinson, Music. We wish them all the very best for their time at Rose Park and trust they enjoy all that being part of our vibrant community has to offer.


Christmas trees on Osmond Terrace The people’s choice competition was won by a tree created by our students! We received a $250 Dillon’s Bookshop voucher and the Norwood, Payneham & St Peters Council will donate $1000 to the charity of our choice. Our SRC voted to support the Shelterbox project after one of our Year 7 students, Jade Johnson, spoke about her fundraising efforts at our recent school assembly. Jade has independently raised over $2000 for Shelterbox and in the process inspired our students at Rose Park to do the same.

Acquaintance Night This year we changed the format to include information sessions on InitiaLit, the new Literacy program being introduced to all Reception students this year, and also a ‘Meet the Specialist Teachers and our Leadership Team’ segment. Parents were then invited to meet with their child/ren’s class/year Level teachers to gain an overview of the year ahead and to understand Year Level expectations and class procedures and communication systems.


Annual General Meeting of Governing Council This meeting was held following Acquaintance Evening and due to OSHC being provided and parents already on site we certainly had a much higher attendance at the AGM for GC. Our new Governing Council was elected and I would like to thank and congratulate the following members: 

Victoria Wallis Smith –Governing Council Chairperson

Patrick Allan –Deputy Chairperson

Sarah Guthrie –Secretary, and Chairperson of OSHC Committee

Todd Ballinger –Treasurer, and Chairperson of Finance Committee

Di Burrell – School Principal

Vanessa Carne-Cavagnaro – Chairperson of Education Committee

Kerrie Davies – Chairperson of Old Scholars Committee

Bianca Nasaris – Chairperson of Parents & Friends Committee

Emma Fletcher – Parent Representative

Kristian Maynard – Parent Representative

Tim McPhee – Parent Representative

Debbie Wood – Parent Representative

Clare Rodger – Teacher Representative

Kellie Di Maria – Teacher Representative

Jo Hurn – School Observer

Renee Lynn – School Observer

Michelle Bennallack – School Observer

2019 Pupil Free Days and School Closure Dates were accepted and passed at the first GC meeting. The dates are as outlined below:

Term 1

Tuesday 12 March

  • Moderation of writing (in conjunction with Burnside Primary School) using the Brightpath writing assessment tool;

Monday 8 April

  • International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program – ‘Quality Teaching and Learning’, a review of our Mission Statement

Term 2

Tuesday 11 June

  • Moderation with the Central East Partnership (Burnside PS, Marryatville PS, Norwood PS and Open Access College)

Term 3

Monday 2 September

  • Closure day (local significance – Adelaide Show)

Term 4

Friday 6 December

  • Data analysis and review of School Improvement Plan


School will also continue to close an hour early (2.20pm) at the end of each term. Our site run OSHC and Vacation Care Program will continue to cater for families enrolled in the OSHC service during these times.

Extracurricular Activities and Camps are all part of what makes Rose Park PS a unique state school. Our Year 5 students returned recently from their camp to Arbury Park in the Adelaide Hills. Our children are fortunate to have such dedicated teachers who believe in the value of camps and excursions to enhance their teaching and learning programs. We are also one of only a very few South Australian state schools that offer the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme. As an IB school, we value diversity and develop our international mindedness through our relationship with our sister school, Hikone Elementary in Japan. We will be looking for families to host our Japanese friends in July this year so please consider how you might support this program.


OSHC is steadily building numbers for morning and afternoon sessions, which are now exceeding early expectations. This is a credit to Director, Billy Graves and his team. The RPPS Foundation have organised for the new kitchen to be installed in the OSHC/Drama shared space later this term and for now OSHC will continue in the hall and linked spaces. 

Student Voice –Introducing our House Leaders and SRC Executive


Congratulations to the following students on being elected as our 2019 House Leaders and SRC Executive. 

Student Representative Council Leaders

Emily H

Claudia B

Alice B

Diana B

Ember H

Brooke T-H

Hamdan A

Imogen G

House Captains

Daisy B – Alexandra

Jade J – Alexandra

Ryan H – Prescott

Zoe G – Prescott

Zanna C – Grant

Saxon M – Grant

Ivana F – Gurney

Arthur M – Gurney

Harlem Globetrotters whirlwind visit to Rose Park PS last Tuesday was a huge success with students as Dragon and Ice demonstrated some tricks of the basketball trade with some of our lucky students.

Karsan Hutchinson’s 2018, Year 6 class featured on the ACTF Facebook and webpage. An excellent example of authentic learning