Term 1, Week 7 - 2018, 15 March
Written on the 15 March 2018
From the Principal
Taking time out
It is for similar reasons that we provide our boys with the opportunity to participate in retreats during their time at Rostrevor. As you can see from the report that follows, the Year 10 Retreat and Stepping Up Days were, once again, very successful in meeting the needs of our boys. Thank you to everyone involved in the days and especially all of the dads, uncles and male mentors who took time out to make the day so worthwhile.
New Student leaders
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Best wishes for the two weeks ahead.
From the Deputy Principal
Year 10 Stepping Up & Retreats
Alongside the Retreats, we also hold the Year 10 Stepping Up Program for fathers or male mentors and students. This program has followed years of research into boys' education, adolescent male development and the needs of 21st century students. The activities have been very successful and the positive responses we receive are not only significant but encourage us to continue and develop the concept of such activities.
Contemporary educational thinking is consistent in its opinion that young men need, perhaps more than ever, strong male role models in their lives. In many cases, this is the boy's father, but when this is not possible, another male who fits the mentoring and role model 'criteria' is very welcome. This may be an uncle, big brother, family friend, etc, but it is important that every student has a male mentor accompany them for the day.
This event was again a great success and we were delighted with the attendance and wonderful feedback.
I just wanted to personally thank you for the father and son day last week. It was a fantastic opportunity for both the fathers/mentors and the boys to better understand each other. It is not often that we get an opportunity to really share our inner most thoughts and experiences with our sons.
And from another:
We were very fortunate to attend the recent well organised and run Stepping Up Day held at the College last Friday. We had a fantastic time together and I observed that all other Fathers/Mentors, Sons/Students thoroughly enjoyed the day as well.
The reflection times at the beginning and end of the day were well respected and important for the overall message and outcome for all participants.
My son and I finished the day agreeing that it was one of the most rewarding days we have shared together.
Well done to all involved.
Thank you to all the staff, students and families who embraced these activities. They were very successful and we believe have added positively to the relationship between family and school.
R-12 Principal's Student Leadership Assembly
The full list of Middle and Senior Years House Vice-Captains and Junior Years House Captains are listed below.
Mr Geoff Aufderheide
Junior Swimming Carnival
We were delighted with the turnout of parents and family members who cheered and supported us throughout. The winning team for 2018 was Gurr House and, indeed, they were deserving winners.
We also acknowledged on the day, the various Age Champions and it is my pleasure to list these fine young swimmers:
2018 AGE CHAMPIONS:
Perhaps a highlight (?) for the carnival was the parent/teacher/student race as the last event for the day. Without a hint of gloating, I report that the staff team were victorious this year which serves them well as they go into training immediately for the 2019 event! Thanks to those parents who braved the 'warmish' pool to support a fun day for all!
Student Collection and Safety
I remind all parents/caregivers/family members that Reception - Year 2 students are dismissed at 3:00pm. People collecting boys in those year levels are invited to come into the school and wait for the boys to be dismissed and to locate a car-park either adjacent to the Womma Oval or in one of the parking bays on Kintyre Road. If you are collecting a student from the pick-up area (adjacent to the shelter), then please note that parking is only available for a maximum of 2 minutes in this area between 3-4pm.
Our Year 3-6 students are dismissed at 3:15pm to allow the safe exit of the younger boys and to avoid a build-up of traffic in the area. If your son is not where he should be, rather than parking in the collection zone and holding up traffic, we advise all drivers to do a loop of the College to improve traffic flow.
Please also spare a thought for our Year 6 Crossing Monitors who do an excellent job of negotiating traffic and ensuring our boys get across the road safely. Parking on or near the yellow lines close to the Crossing (a No Parking area) limits their view of oncoming traffic so please avoid these areas (the local Council also does occasional observations and do issue fines for parking here). Similarly, their view of traffic is also obstructed when cars do illegal U Turns on either side of the Crossing area.
Thank you all in anticipation of your support. I'm sure you'll all agree the safety of the boys is our collective responsibility.
Mr Geoff Aufderheide