Our Lady of Fatima Rosebud


Friday 23 February, 2024

Principal's News

Dear Families

A big thank you to our school leaders, volunteers and Mrs Koole for our very successful Shrove Tuesday. The pancakes were an absolute hit and as a school we raised $175 for Caritas Australia, who work towards eradicating poverty and injustice.


In 2023, a review of our stages of camp was undertaken with staff. We considered many aspects with the key ones being - learning outcomes, student readiness and wellbeing and the financial impacts on families. This was also discussed with our School Advisory Council. In light of this, our 2024 camps are:

  • Year 3 day camp: Don Bosco Camp Safety Beach, Monday 11 November.
  • Year 4 overnight camp: Don Bosco Camp Safety Beach, Monday 11 to Tuesday 12 November.
  • Year 5/6 two night camp: Sovereign Hill Camp Ballarat, Monday 20 to Wednesday 22 May.

Further information regarding these camps will occur closer to the date.


NAPLAN assesses the literacy and numeracy skills that students are learning through the school curriculum and allows parents/carers to see how their child is progressing against national standards. NAPLAN is just one aspect of a school’s assessment and reporting process. The NAPLAN test window in 2024 will be 13 March to 25 March 2024.

Project Compassion

Project Compassion runs every year during Lent and is an opportunity to celebrate the generosity of the Australian Catholic community. Project Compassion raises much-needed funds to help alleviate poverty, promote justice and uphold dignity in the most vulnerable and marginalised communities in the world. You can support Project Compassion at www.caritas.org.au/project-compassion and/or in each of our classrooms we have a Project Compassion box that students can place donations in. Thank you for the donations so far!

School Tours 

This week we have started welcoming Prep tours for 2025, our advertisement is in the Community News below. We also invite you to announce this news to your families and friends and ask them to call the Office to arrange a school tour.

The Age 

Today ‘The Age’ published a significant article regarding the direction of Melbourne Catholic Education entitled ‘The big change coming to the way Catholic school kids are taught.’ Yesterday, Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools launched a Vision for Instruction for its 300 schools, saying evidence now supports explicit instruction as the best way of teaching children. Melbourne Catholic schools will overhaul how students learn reading, writing and maths in a move expected to ramp up the pressure on the Victorian government to give greater guidance to state teachers. Read more at The Age.

In closing, we are still seeking PFA Class Representatives for four of our classrooms. If you think you could help please contact the school. 

Go well 🙂

Sarah McDermott



Term 1 - Important dates and events

Please click on download to access the Term 1 dates and events.



The OLOF Swimming Sports will be held on Tuesday the 20th of February  at YAWA Aquatic Centre from 12:30pm - 3:00pm. These Swimming Sports are open to all students from years 3-6 as long as they can swim 50m competently and unassisted in any of the four recognised strokes; Freestyle, Breaststroke, Backstroke and Butterfly. 

Ribbons will be awarded to the top 3 finishers (compared times) in each race. Students from year 4-6 can also be selected to represent the school at the upcoming Phillip District Swimming Carnival on Friday the 1st of March. 

Please complete the Operoo if you would like your child to participate.

School Sport Victoria Team Vic Representative Program

Registration for the School Sport Victoria Team Representative Program are beginning to open for some sports. 

The SSV website www.ssv.vic.edu.au  (Team Vic tab) provides important information on the process as well as application forms and must be visited.

Please read the Team Vic Information Sheet on the sport page.

Please read the Team Vic Principal Endorsement process.

Key points include:

  • The goal of these trials is to select a squad consisting of the top players in Victoria in a variety of sports.

  • Students who turn 13 in this year are ineligible to apply. 

  • Parents must consult with their Sport Teacher/Coordinator/Principal at the school to ensure their child has a high skill level to trial and represent their school.

  • It is imperative that teachers will decide on your child’s capability of representing their school at a state level before registering online.

  • The application fee is $25 which is payable on registration and is non-refundable.  

  • The Eventbrite ticket and application form signed by the Principal and proof of payment must be handed to the Division Trial Coordinator on the day of the trial.

  • Applicants will be notified of arrangements for the Division trial once registrations have closed.


If you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to ask.

Dan Koole

Physical Education Teacher


School Photo Day

School Photo Day is on Wednesday 13th March. Every student was given a personalised order form today. You will need this form to order your childs photos. 

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