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Senior Years

Years 10-12

Our Graduates

Capable young men of good character who confidently take their place in the world beyond Rostrevor is our aim for every boy. We believe that to prepare them for a successful life in a world very different the one into which their parents and grandparents graduated, we need to have high expectations of them and equip them with the skills and attributes that will serve them and our society well.

Our College Motto, 'Palma Merenti' reminds us daily that the rewards come to those who earn them. Wherever our boys find themselves, in the classroom, laboratory, recording studio, or sporting field they know that only diligent application to learning, rehearsing and training will lead to the performances of which they are truly proud. Aspiring to regularly improve upon one's personal best and to surpass the records set by one's predecessors is encouraged and celebrated at Rostrevor. 'Palma Merenti' is our way of life as students and our compass for building a successful life as an adult.

"I hope I can express in just a few lines the wonderful experience, Kyle has had in his 6 years  at Rostrevor College. We feel it has been the "perfect fit" for his personality and schooling needs. The school offers wonderful opportunities across the entire curriculum but the support and dedication from the teachers and their endeavour to bring out the best that one can be is outstanding" - Year 12 parent (Robyn)


Men For Others

The pursuit of one's personal best must be balanced by deep sense of connection to and responsibility for one's community. Thus, our College Ethos challenges every boy to become a Man for Others; someone who cares deeply about the people in his life and who accepts personal responsibility for contributing to building a better world for everyone.

Our capable young men of good character are good family men, good team men and good community men. With this dual focus on developing their capabilities and character our Rostrevor lads rightly take their place alongside generations of their predecessors who have contributed so handsomely to all fields of academic, business, cultural and sporting endeavours over the last century. Knowing that they belong to a family of Rostrevor men offers extra confidence that they too will take their place as future leaders and shapers of their communities.


Academic Success

- Schools are first and foremost, places of learning

We expect and support every senior student to apply himself diligently in every lesson and every activity every day! Indeed, we hope that they go home a little tired after a day of learning at Rostrevor because it means that they have been challenged, stretched in their thinking and developed new strengths.

Understanding that senior boys are still developing their social and emotional intelligence, we know that they are capable of accepting responsibility for their actions and committing to a rigorous academic program. We also know that most thrive in this environment of high expectations and high support; where they know that as they work hard, their teachers are right beside them helping them to achieve their goals. This is a feature of our graduates' valedictory statements how much they have enjoyed the challenge and the partnership with outstanding teachers who were equally committed to their success.

Rostrevor offers some of the State's finest specialist teachers who consistently guide their pupils to outstanding heights of academic success across all subject areas. The 31 Merits (perfect scores) awarded in 2019 across a wide range of subjects are testament to this success.

Recent academic highlights by our Senior students include:

  • More than 16% of 2019 graduates with an ATAR above 95.
  • Tennyson Medallist for the highest achieving English Literary Studies student in South Australia in 2018.
  • Winning the Senior State Secondary School Debating Championships in 2019.
  • Students selected in 2018, 2019 and 2020 for Adelaide University's prestigious Headstart program whereby Year 12s undertake university subjects while completing their SACE.
  • Governor's Commendation to 2019 Dux Archer Newton.

Rostrevor consistently achieves a 100% SACE completion rate with more than 45% of graduates scoring an ATAR above 80 in 2019.

Joint Duxes for 2019 Archer Newton and Jake Tatarelli both achieved outstanding ATARS of 99.90 ATARs and Proxime Accessit Luca Mazzeo scored 99.50.

See our SACE achievement flyer here


The best career path for your son

As boys enter Year 10, many develop a sense of the careers that appeal to them which allows them to shape their subject choice to best reflect their interests, talents and aspirations.

Rostrevor's comprehensive and diverse subject offering is complemented by strong links to the university sector and a broad network of VET providers, ensuring that every boy can embark on the right career path for them.

Support includes:

  • Career counselling from University, VET and Senior College staff
  • Time Management, Study Sense and Ace Your Exams support modules
  • Leap and Headstart Programs for advanced learners

For information regarding the vast array of opportunities offered at Rostrevor College, please view our Curriculum Handbook

 


A balanced approach

In the senior years, the spread of assessment tasks and general workload is managed in such a way that it provides every senior boy with a properly balanced program of study, physical and social activity.

While we are proud of our students' academic achievements, we are even more proud of the calibre of the young men that walk out of our gates and into the next phase of their life. Not only are they prepared for the careers of the future, but have evolved into respectful men of good character who have both the ability to lead and the compassion to help those less fortunate.

Whether pursuing a university pathway, vocational education or immediate employment, our graduates have one thing in common; a shared journey and camaraderie that bond many of them in friendships for life. You only need to look at the strong old-scholar network to see how integral and enduring those bonds are. Whether it be business lunches, social gatherings or on the soccer, football or cricket field, our old scholars continue to enjoy those irreplacable bonds which had their foundations within the expansive grounds of Rostrevor College.

"To hear graduates speak of Year 12 as the best year of their life where they achieved their academic goals without having to exclude high levels of commitment to sport, music, community service and social connections is very affirming of our approach. Principal Brian Schumacher

 

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