This term has been a very busy one with plenty of interesting and exciting opportunities for the students of Rose Park PS.
Year 6/7 trip to Canberra
Just last week, I accompanied 120 of our Year 6/7 students, and staff, for a week in Canberra. This program was supported by the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate (PACER) which is an Australian initiative that provides financial assistance to support students’ on-site learning about national democratic, historical, and cultural institutions in Canberra, the nation’s capital. This undertaking was impressive, given the size of the group, however our students behaved impeccably for the entire duration of the trip. In fact, various members of the public were moved to provide us with very positive feedback around how respectful and courteous our students were during different times of the week. We all stayed at the Australian Institute for Sport and were treated to delicious and nutritious food at all meals. The students also had the opportunity to mix with athletes whilst staying at the AIS.
Highlights included Ethan C, whose father is a serving member of the Australian Air force and Diana B, a student executive leader who were selected to lay a wreath during the Last Post service at the Australian War Memorial last Monday. The service was also attended by Dr Brendan Nelson, Director of the AWM and the High Commissioner of the United Kingdom to Australia, Her Excellency Vicki Treadell. We also visited the Australian Museum of Democracy (Old Parliament House), Parliament House, Government House, the NASA/CSIRO Deep Space Centre, and the CSIRO Education Centre.
Upcoming visit –Jyosei Elementary School
We have been very excited about seeing our friends again from our sister school in Japan, Jyosei Elementary School. Host families have been arranged, pre visit skype sessions have been arranged and in Week 1 next term we welcome 25 students, staff, and parents to Rose Park PS. We have planned a welcome assembly on Friday 26th July and a farewell assembly on Wednesday 31st July. More details will be in our weekly Snapshot. Thank you again to all our host families who have generously opened their homes to support this program, and also to our Japanese teacher, Niki Peak, for her role in coordinating the whole program.
Next week (Tuesday 2nd July) we will be holding our annual Winter Concert at Marryatville HS Forge Theatre. This is an opportunity for all our talented musicians to perform either as soloists or in the vocal ensemble, guitar ensemble, flute ensemble, string ensemble, Junior Band, Concert Band, Percussion Ensemble, Recorder Ensemble and Senior Choir. Chris Narroway, our music specialist has been coordinating the evening which has also included a poster competition to advertise the evening.
Earlier this term almost 200 students auditioned to be part of Rose Park’s Wakakirri troupe (Rock Eisteddfod for Primary schools) and under the guidance of Performing Arts teacher and Assistant Principal, Kim Copeland we have a troupe of 70 children ranging from Reception students right through to Year 7. We look forward to their performance in August at the Entertainment Centre.
We also have over 60 Year 6/7 students taking part in the Festival of Music this year with a record number of Rose Park students gaining a place in one of the troupes, with special acknowledgment to our dance troupe leaders, Tiffany B and Maddy C. Max C has also been selected for the honour of being a host.
Finally, it has been a pleasure to see so many children nominate themselves to play the National Anthem at assemblies and/or play their musical instrument whilst classes enter the hall for assembly.
Please continue to read our latest updates in our weekly Snapshot for a quick guide to what has happened at Rose Park in the past week and what we look forward to for the following week.