Term 1, Week 11, Newsletter - Thurs 12 April 2018
Written on the 12 April 2018
Luke Valente - Head Prefect
Dear College Community,
The Prefects have enjoyed an exciting start to the year which has involved supporting our Prefect charity, Eddie Rice Camps. On Shrove Tuesday we sold pancakes in the Valley to celebrate the beginning of Lent and raised $309 for Edmund Rice Camps. Students also made a gold coin donation on our House Colours Day for Project Compassion.
Deputy Head Prefect - Cyril Saji
"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others"- Mahatma Gandhi
The beginning of the year has been an incredible catalyst for raising awareness of various causes, setting a solid foundation for the work of both the Prefect Group and the wider Rostrevor community. It has been wonderful and inspiring to see the active involvement of our student cohort throughout this first term, living their lives through the lens of one of our Touchstones, Gospel Spirituality. This was exemplified most recently through the World's Greatest Shave initiative fronted by Year 11 student, Christian Leddicoat and supported by the First XI Cricket squad, staff and students. The students have taken the initiative to step up and speak up regarding these issues.
As well as this, numerous other initiatives have been undertaken such as the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence, Close the Gap, Harmony Day (with special mention to the Prefect Group for donning dresses and raising money through the charity netball match at Loreto College) and a charity pancake stall for Eddie Rice Camps.
Especially through the Lenten period, students have been urged to focus not on superficial sacrifices, but on actions we can take to shape the world around us in a positive way. In the "Year of Recognition" we aim to not only recognise the talented athletes, musicians and academics within our school community but also those taking themselves out of their comfort zones and showing dedication towards the less fortunate.
I hope the Easter break was a wonderful time for family and for reflection, and that the coming holidays allows us to rejuvenate and invigorate ourselves for an exciting and inspiring Term Two.
Max McKay - Head Boarder
As Term One draws to a close in Duggan House, boys get to venture back home to locations from Oakbank to Tiwi Islands and as far as Thailand. We have boys from a range of different cultures and backgrounds who gather in Duggan every night during the school term.
Term One was eventful in the Boarding House with new boys entering from Year 7 to Year 11. Our first weekend is known as Welcome Weekend and this is where we take a break from our normal social calendar and spend time together, getting to know each other better and forging friendships with new boarders. We spent the weekend at Glenelg, where we enjoyed the beach and entertainment and participated in a range of 'getting to know you' activities.
At the beginning of Term One the boarders hosted a 'Bush BBQ' in the Valley which involved the whole school. Day boys had the opportunity to get to know a little more about life in the Boarding House and where boys come from. Over the next few terms we are planning activities with our sister school, Loreto, which all the boys are looking forward to.
I would like to wish all members in Duggan House a happy holiday as they return home to family and friends.
Andre Lewinski - Internal Services
The 2018 Rostrevor College Prefect body has delved into a very exciting and prosperous 2018.
Patrick Moller - Social Justice
As Term One comes to a close, so does the work of the Social Justice team. Harmony Day was the focus for the group this term and we were able to get together with the whole school community on Friday 23 March to create videos to raise much needed awareness about Harmony Day and National Action Day Against Bullying.
Additionally, for Harmony Day the Prefects ventured down to Loreto College to compete in a fun exhibition netball match against the Loreto Prefects. It was a gold coin entry to view the spectacle and all funds raised went to Caritas Australia to raise much needed funds for Project Compassion. The game was played in good spirit but as fate had it, Rostrevor were able to emerge victorious.
Furthermore, in keeping with the theme of making videos, the Social Justice team has been working tirelessly to create a fun, interactive clip that emphasises the point that Australia is a multicultural society, and that it is important to embrace this. The video will premiere early next term.
Anthony Calabrese - Community Activities
On Saturday 24 March, Mr Schumacher hosted the 2018 Principal's Ball. This event was held at the Adelaide Town Hall, where the Year 12 students and their dates, along with some members of staff, gathered for this special occasion. Our Master of Ceremonies, Mr Glenn Urbani, kept us entertained and in line throughout the night.
This was an excellent opportunity for the Year 12 students and teachers to let their hair down and have an enjoyable time. This was especially the case for Mr Daniel Ryall and Mr Richard Sachse who put us all to shame with their moves on the dance floor.
A big thank-you to Jacob Kennerley, Riley Slack and Angus Honner for their efforts in preparing the video.
I am sure that the evening will be a highlight of the year for many and will be cherished by all those who attended. A big thank you to the Development Team as the night would not have been possible without their planning and effort.
George Connolly - House Captain Barron
With the introduction of a new Barron Head of House in 2018 while Mr Lucas is on leave, Mr Footner is clearly keen to leave his mark. His debut with Barron House kicked off with the Swimming Carnival. I have been told that there were many sleepless nights as the Carnival approached which culminated in a dream which Mr Footner had the night prior to the carnival, a dream that became reality with Barron finally winning the Spirit Cup. On top of this momentous achievement, Barron managed to overcome all odds and finish second overall (technically third due to an equal first placing with two Houses but let's not get carried away with technicalities).
My sincere congratulations go to the Vice Captains selected for 2018; I look forward to watching them develop their leadership skills and abilities to shape Barron House for the future.
Riley Slack - House Captain Egan
Egan House has had a busy, yet immensely successful start to 2018. The boys continue to strive to give their best and participate in all House activities. An admirable performance by all Egan boys at this year's Swimming Carnival resulted in a highly controversial result of a draw between Egan and Gurr; nevertheless, a third straight victory in the pool for Egan House.
Jacob Kennerley - House Captain Gurr
Term One has been a very busy and successful term for Gurr House. The build-up to the Swimming Carnival was filled with anticipation. The day was a great success for the House, coming away with the Senior Years Shield and tying for first place overall with our rival House, Egan. Perhaps what was most pleasing about the day was the House spirit shown by the boys in orange who belted out chants and waved flags at the top of the stand the entire day. A big thank you goes out to the PE faculty and all those who contributed to another enjoyable and competitive Swimming Carnival.
Joshua Shute - House Captain Murphy
Murphy House has had a busy start to the 2018 school year, with each boy striving for their personal best. A hard-fought Swimming Carnival saw us take an early lead before sliding down a couple of places! Nevertheless, every student gave their best and that's all that I could ask for. Sincere thanks to all the boys in Murphy for going above and beyond to ensure that all events were filled.
Murphy House was also involved in raising money for Project Compassion, where each Pastoral Care group is allocated a Project Compassion collection box for coin donations. The Project Compassion boxes from all Pastoral Care groups were then combined as a House contribution and were presented to Mr Sachse at our Easter Liturgy celebration. Thanks to all the boys for their generous donations.
I would also like to thank the boys who nominated for House Vice-Captain roles and extend my congratulations to those who were successful. I look forward to working closely with all the Vice-Captains to support future Murphy House initiatives and events.
Finally, I hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday with their families, ready to recommence Term Two full of enthusiasm!
Patrick Russo - House Captain O'Brien
The mighty O'Brien House has started 2018 with strength. From welcoming new students and staff, O'Brien House has shown enthusiasm along with a growing sense of unity.
Angus Honner - House Captain Webb
Webb House has had a positive start to the year. The Swimming Carnival was thoroughly enjoyed by all members of the House, no matter the result. It was pleasing to see that all events were filled and everyone having a go, aiming for their personal best. In addition, it was great to see many boys just enjoying the day and cheering on fellow House members.
Ignatius Crafter / Henry Knight - Junior Years Captains
2017 Year 6 Canberra Tour Report
Term One has been very busy in the Junior Campus. There have been many exciting and interesting things happening so far this year. We began with the Year 5 Aldinga Camp. While the Year 5 students were enjoying the surf and sand, the Student Leadership Team had an induction session with Mr Aufderheide. We brainstormed ideas of what our goals are and what we want to do this year as a team. We spoke about putting our best foot forward and letting the light shine for everyone to see. We discussed our important roles as Student Leaders and our responsibilities in working together with our classmates.
Another highlight of Term One was our Swimming Carnival. It was another opportunity for our Houses to come together and celebrate a day of sportsmanship and fun. Gurr were the winners of day however all boys gave it their all to do their personal best for their team. We would like to thank Mr Baccanello for organising and running the day and all the parents who came along to support us. While on the sports front, we have many summer co-curricular teams representing the College and there have been SAPSASA and Catholic School competitions in swimming and cricket where the boys have done incredibly well. This week we finish off our term with our annual inter-House European Handball tournament. The House Captains have planned and umpired matches for Reception to Year 6 boys at recess and lunch.
Classes have elected SRC representatives and we meet as a committee to discuss the issues that arise from class meetings. At the moment, some of the issues we are discussing include moving our big sandpit and finding a replacement for the flying fox. It is great to hear all the ideas that boys are coming up with!
Harmony Day was another event we celebrated this term. After the Assembly in the Valley, we joined our House groups with the senior boys and worked together to make short videos or 'vines' about Harmony Day, Bullying No Way and Close the Gap. We had a great time making these, and hopefully they sent a message to everyone who has seen them.
As you can see, these are just a few of the things that have been happening in this jam-packed term! We know that this year will give us so many more opportunities to have fun, enjoy ourselves and even learn something along the way!