Term 1, Week 5 - 2018, 01 March
Written on the 1 March 2018
JY Stepping Up Evening
'What a terrific way to finish the week', is how I described last Friday evening's Father/Male Mentor and sons' night at the Junior campus. Like most great ideas, the beauty of this event is its simplicity - gather Dads/Male Mentors and their sons together for a BBQ, some conversation and some fun.
Our grateful thanks go to the organisers and cooks. As Geoff Aufderheide noted on the night, there is so much for boys to gain from being with their mates and their Dads and Grandads on occasions like this.
The following poem that has survived on a scrap of paper in my files for many years reminds us of the importance of the partnership between parents and teachers.
I dreamed I stood in a studio
Day after day the teacher toiled
And each agreed they would have failed
EREA - A family of schools in the Edmund Rice Tradition
As many of you would know, Rostrevor College, established by the Christian Brothers in 1923, became part of EREA just over ten years ago. Last week, I was fortunate to spend two days in Melbourne for my formal Principal's induction into Edmund Rice Education Australia. With plenty of opportunities to get to know the people in our National Office, I was most impressed by the possibilities that EREA provides for us to collaborate with other schools throughout the network. In practical terms, this adds a rich dimension to our professional development programs for teachers, and opportunities for them to easily share ideas and programs with teachers throughout the country. As you know, one of the keys to staying at the 'cutting edge' in any profession is your ability to connect with colleagues and thus stay in touch with and contribute to the new ideas and approaches. In our context, maintaining strong links with EREA, along with our other professional networks, will help us to continually update the learning experiences offered to the boys from Reception to Year 12 as we strive to provide a truly liberating education for each of them.
Finally, congratulations to all the boys for their enthusiastic participation in the swimming carnivals this week. While the House competition was fierce, the carnivals are a highlight in our calendar because they bring us together as a community in a day of fun and competition.
Best wishes for the weeks ahead.
Year 8 Camp
The Year 8 Camp serves a variety of purposes and was yet again extremely successful in achieving its aims. It is particularly important that new students are given the opportunity to mix with a significant cross-section of the year level and through the team-building activities, make new friendships outside of the classroom. The camp also provides an opportunity for the boys to work together to experience some physical challenges. These are all elements of an important 'Rite of Passage' into their secondary years.
We have received constructive feedback from parents and will endeavour to take this on board as we consider improvements to our Camps Program.
Thank you for your support
At Rostrevor, we believe that it is important for young people to learn about themselves and others; healthy relationships and behaviours; social and emotional development; spiritual development; resilience, and to see beauty, have awe, and appreciate some sense of 'truths'.
I would like to express my gratitude to our wonderful staff who are always willing to support such events by supervising, participating, planning and organising activities and much, much more.
Supporting our children
The word 'support' can be interpreted in many different ways and sometimes while we think we might be helping our children by offering our support, we may in fact be causing them more harm than good. I would like to share with you a story which illustrates this.
Finally, it is with a heavy heart that I share with you the sad news of the passing of a great man and a very respected member of the Music Department and our College community. Peter Russo lost his battle with brain cancer last Thursday night and passed away peacefully at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Peter was one of our longest serving instrumental teachers, teaching guitar to many past and present students. At the 2017 Music Night, he was acknowledged for 35 years of dedicated service to the College. During this time, he inspired many students, some of whom have continued to become instrumental guitar teachers themselves and/or play guitar professionally. While Peter is no longer with us, his legacy will live on forever, in the hearts and souls of all who had the pleasure of working with him, both staff and students, and in the music of the many students he inspired. As a community we will keep his family in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Mr Geoff Aufderheide
Assembly for Student Representative Council presentation
Last Tuesday afternoon we held our second assembly for the year in Callan Hall. This gathering was held to celebrate the achievements of many of our boys throughout the first few weeks of the academic year. Most pleasing to see was the recognition of many of our new 'brothers' in the Junior Campus as we celebrated their skills and abilities based on our three Pillars at the College Spiritual, Academic and Co-curricular. It is fantastic to see how well these boys have adapted to life in a new school and I must pass on thanks to our staff and, perhaps most importantly, our boys as they have extended the hand of friendship and welcome.
Our assembly also provided the Junior community the opportunity to acknowledge our Student Representative Council members, as voted by their peers and supported by their teachers, for Semester One of 2018. In presenting the boys their own SRC badge, we challenged the boys to represent their classmates and provide a student voice within our own community. Our congratulations to the following young men on their accomplishment;
1/2B - Hugh Benzan (Yr 1) & Levi Stewart (Yr 2)
In their first official meeting for the year (chaired by our Campus Captain, Ignatius Crafter and Vice-Captain, Henry Knight) they will be considering some plans to move our existing sand pit and will also lead a consultation with the student body to provide some advice on a replacement for our (now removed) flying fox on the playground. We're sure they'll do a commendable job and won't be short of advice!
Last Friday evening we welcomed a great crowd of Dads/Male Mentors and their boys along to our annual 'Stepping Up' night. Hosted exceptionally well by our Parents' and Friends' Association President, Mr Rob Costanzo, we all enjoyed a night of conversation, great food and some sporting brilliance!
This night provides a chance for Dads and important men in the lives of our boys to gather together and meet each other in a relaxed and friendly environment. As I mentioned on the night, this provides great modelling for our boys as they get to see men socialise and interact as a group, introducing ourselves to each other and finding things we have in common. It's also great for those 'greats of yesteryear' to walk the walk in a friendly game of soccer or cricket.
Our sincerest thanks to our incredibly supportive Parents' and Friends' Association for their continued support of this annual event. Rob Costanzo, single handedly each year, manages to pull together a great meal for a big number of people and we are truly thankful for his generosity. He was well supported by Mr Dave Cavuoto and Mr Anthony Marzullo on the BBQs, who both battled on a pretty warm afternoon to make sure we all had food to eat. Special thanks must also go to Mr Wayne Gumley who never fails to show up and roll up his sleeves for us, always with a smile on his face and to my wife, Natasha, for heading up the serving like clockwork!!
Just getting my swimming 'togs' ready for our annual Swimming Carnival, to be held in the Brother Bourke Swimming Pool this Friday 9am-1pm for our Year 3-6 boys. News around the traps is the staff have thrown down the challenge to a highly fancied student team. Game on I say!
Mr Geoff Aufderheide
Senior Years Co-Curricular News
Mr Jeff Fischer
Overnight rain leading into competition on Saturday morning proved enough to dampen the turf wickets across Adelaide and very few games were played. I am able to provide information about Rostrevor pitches through the Rostrevor website under Co-Curricular and then the link to Late Cancellations which I updated at 7.15am on Saturday morning. I know a number of the families checked this and therefore did not come to the grounds on Saturday which is the intended purpose. Unfortunately, I do not have information about our opponents and cricket is often one of those sports where the state of the pitch can't be known until arrival, unless of course there is really heavy rain.
First XI Cricket
Rostrevor 9/135 from 40 overs (Stefan Lanzoni 58, Joel Size 17no, Cameron Taheny 15no)
defeated Sacred Heart 74 all out (Adi Dave 5/7, Sam Rahaley 3/12, Joel Size 1/9)
After losing the toss and being sent in on a wet wicket, batting was always going to be tough going and at 4/15, we knew that was going to be the case. All we needed was a couple of partnerships to get us to a score of 120+ which we thought would be defendable in the conditions. Stefan Lanzoni batted beautifully and adjusted to the conditions well, playing with a straight bat and also playing with patience. He was supported well by Angus Honner whose individual score of 13 may seem modest, but given the situation of the game, it was truly valuable. From 5/42, we still looked like we were in a lot of trouble. Our middle order made small starts but were undone by some hesitation in shot selection, which is an area we need to improve on. At 9/111, we could have been bowled out for less than our intended target of 120. Thankfully Joel Size, who has shown a much higher level of maturity and leadership with the bat this year, partnered with Cameron Taheny to put on an unbeaten 24 for the last wicket. Both of these boys rotated the strike and were able to hit the boundary when loose balls were offered to them. To score 135 was a great result and just illustrates the level of depth we have in our batting line up.
In reply, Sacred Heart started positively and reached 23 before Christian Leddicoat took a fine reflex catch off the bowling of Joel Size. From that point onwards, wickets fell at regular intervals. Our spinners extracted significant turn and bounce which made scoring difficult. Adi Dave, making his 1st XI debut was outstanding, claiming 5/7 and looking dangerous with every ball. His variations and consistency with his line and length were excellent. He was very well supported by Sam Rahaley and Kyle Brazell who both bowled beautifully. Our catching was very good too and Rahaley managed 3 of his own.
We now turn our attention to PAC and the College Final next week. We go there with a lot of confidence after a very hard-earned win against our biggest rivals. Well done to all the boys on a great result.
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