Term 1, Week 1 - 2018, 01 February
Written on the 1 February 2018 by Rostrevor College
From the Principal
Mr Brian Schumacher
Blessed with cooler weather for our first week back at school, it has been very rewarding to see how quickly all of the boys have settled into the routines of lessons and how much they have enjoyed reconnecting with their teachers and peers.
As we complete the first week of the 2018 academic year I congratulate our newest students who have made a terrific start to their time at Rostrevor. While it will still take a few weeks for each of you to feel at home here, it usually gets a little easier every day. The experiences of joining new communities and welcoming new people into our lives are great skills for life. Likewise, I am grateful for the generous welcome extended to each of us who are new this year.
After hearing past students and teachers speak about the significance of the opening gathering in the Valley, I was delighted to finally be part of it all. The occasion was made more significant given the large number of parents in attendance. From where I was standing, I could see the entire cohort of boys surrounded by many staff and parents. It was an image that symbolises the important partnership between us. I am also very grateful for the Parents and Friends group who made time to welcome families and host the morning tea on the front lawn. It was very enjoyable getting to know people, while listening to parents speak of their experiences and share their aspirations for their sons is also a vital part of my learning about the Rostrevor community.
Congratulations to our 2017 graduates who achieved outstanding SACE results. As you can see from Mr Ranaldo's report, the entire cohort were richly rewarded for their efforts in 2017. It is also important that I take this opportunity to thank and congratulate all the teachers who have contributed to the education of the Class of 2017 during their years at Rostrevor. Having reviewed the Rostrevor SACE results for the last five years, the grades and ATAR scores were not surprising. They continued a clear trend of annual improvement that reflects the commitment of staff to providing every boy with an excellent education that will serve them well for many years after they graduate.
Holiday upgradesSchools, like our own learning, are a work in progress and the recent vacation period provided our grounds and maintenance team with the opportunity to continue the program of upgrading our facilities in readiness for the year ahead. Some of the bigger projects included
and perhaps most importantly
A year of review
Following on from the recent Strategic Plan community consultation conducted by the College Board, the first half of 2018 will be a period in which we review all aspects of our operations. With the renewal of the College's registration due in June and the commencement of my term as Principal, the timing is perfect for this process of school development.
Thankfully, the responses from hundreds of parents, staff and students in 2017 has provided us with some rich feedback that will shape our future directions. Similarly, your responses to our formal parent satisfaction surveys and informal comments and suggestions help us to refine and grow the opportunities that we provide for the boys. I look forward to keeping you updated on these developments throughout the year.
Thank you once again to everyone for your warm welcome and encouragement. I feel blessed to find myself here with you at Rostrevor.
With best wishes for the weeks ahead.
Welcome to the 2018 academic year! A special welcome to our new students and their families.
Rostrevor is truly a community of learners a community that places learning at the forefront of all that we do. And we always strive to prepare students, to the best of our ability, for careers, opportunities and life after school.
As we begin our journey together in 2018, know that we are here to see your son succeed and to become the community leader that lives up to the ideals I have just mentioned. Rostrevor is one of the best schools in South Australia and your son will be supported and challenged in all his interactions to help him grow and achieve his personal best.
2017 SACE Results
I would like to offer my congratulations to the Graduating Class of 2017 on their success in their final year of schooling. At our Dux Assembly on Friday 16 February, we will acknowledge their achievements and, in particular, congratulate our Merit Winners and students with ATARs above 90.
Senior Years Co-Curricular News
Mr Jeff Fischer
Away venues: When your son has a scheduled away match, he is required to seek a map to the ground which will be available on-line from the College website under Co-Curricular. (http://rostrevor.staging.thewebconsole.com/fixtures.html)
Activities Expectations: The College continues to adopt the policy that students play for the school as their first priority, if the activity is offered by the school. Students are free to participate in activities outside of the College, as long as they do not interfere with their involvement in the College Co-Curricular Program. Students who have nominated for an activity are expected to attend all training sessions and games. Our nominations to SAAS are based on the number of students who select each activity, therefore, it is inappropriate for a student to decide that he no longer wishes to do the activity or would prefer to do another, without the approval of the Head of Co-curricular.
Student Availability: Students are required to make themselves available for all matches indicated in the program. Where a student does require exemption from a weekend fixture, he should ask his coach as early as possible and by the Wednesday preceding the game at the latest. If an unexpected illness or problem occurs on Friday night or Saturday morning, students must get a message to their coach to avoid consequences. All teachers are contactable via email and contact with outside coaches such as old scholars and parents should be discussed at training or games.
In other Co-curricular News:
If your son, be he a current or old scholar, has made any significant achievement in an activity outside of the College, please pass this on to me via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone, so that I can include his achievements in the weekly newsletter.
Author: Rostrevor College