Term 2, Week 3 Newsletter - 2018, 17 May
Written on the 17 May 2018 by Rostrevor College
From the Principal
Edmund Rice Day
Parent-Student-Teacher Interviews and Parent/Caregiver Feedback
Included in this bulletin is a letter from Dr Vin Thomas (College Board Chair) reporting on recent developments at Rostrevor that have arisen from parent/caregiver feedback in 2017. As the incoming Principal, I was delighted to see such a strong response from the community that will help us to shape the College over the next few years.
Celebrating our 95th Birthday
The Place of Educational Research at Rostrevor
Ms Celina Feleppa and Ms Elizabeth Osborn, from the School of Psychology at Flinders University, are currently undertaking a research project entitled, 'Investigating whether excessive worry and family factors contribute to school refusal'. This study will lead to the production of an Honours thesis about school refusal behaviour. More specifically, this study will explore the relationship between worry (as a factor across anxiety and depression) and school refusal behaviour, while also exploring the relationship between parental worry, child rearing style, emotion regulation and child worry, which may, in turn, impact on school refusal behaviours. It is hoped that the results will serve as the first step towards developing a more effective and efficient treatment program to tackle school refusal behaviours.
While their contribution as participants in the research will contribute to our broader understanding of the factors influencing school refusal, our periodic involvement in research projects offers much in terms of broadening the boys' perspective of future career opportunities.
From the College Board
Dr Vin Thomas
Dear Parents/Caregivers and members of the Rostrevor College Community
A number of you responded to the Board Survey last year, for which we were very grateful. As you would imagine, we received many informative and significant comments that will assist with the College's planning to continue to make Rostrevor College a great school for your sons and families.
We are still in the early stages of the process for the development of the next College Strategic Plan, during which there will be further consultation with the College community. In the meantime, the Board thought that it should provide some feedback on developments which are a response to several of the comments made by respondents. In this connection, below is a list of matters raised in the Board Survey that have been progressed or resolved since we received the survey responses.
The Board and College Administration will continue to work through the responses from the survey as we undertake our current round of strategic planning. There will also be fresh opportunities (in the middle of 2018) for all families to contribute to the formulation of the College's strategic intent.
Thank you for your ongoing support for Rostrevor and to the many families whose contributions to the 2017 Survey have already resulted in significant improvements to the College.
Dr Vin Thomas
From the Deputy Principal
Edmund Rice Day & 95 Anniversary Celebrations
Edmund Rice Day is a time when we come together to rejoice; central to this is our fundraising. The College community celebrated Edmund Rice Day with Mass in Purton Hall followed by what we refer to as Unfair Day activities organised by our House groups.
On the same day we celebrated our 95th Anniversary as a school community with activities in the morning, including a whole school photograph. Students then moved to an area of our oval to form the 95 shape which was photographed by a drone. It was wonderful to hear the entire student cohort sing Happy Birthday with great energy, enthusiasm and enjoyment, after which they were rewarded with a piece of birthday cake. Just prior to our Unfair Day activities, students gathered in their Houses and heard from some old scholars who had joined us for the Mass followed by our Elders' Lunch held in the Pavilion. The boys thoroughly enjoyed hearing about old scholars' experiences and their recollections of teachers, coaches, and what the campus looked like in their time.
Uniform & Grooming
We thank you in anticipation for your support in this matter.
Mr Geoff Aufderheide
This week our Year 3 and 5 students have been sitting the annual NAPLAN testing. For our Year 3 boys, this is likely their first 'formal' test, under strict test conditions and feedback has been that, due to the preparation staff have provided, they have done the testing with minimal fuss and interruption. We are hopeful that, when results are published later this year, the boys' efforts will be affirmed. Staff also look forward each year to receiving the feedback from testing as it allows us to plan appropriately for the learning of all boys in our care and ensure that our programs are rigorous and engaging.
Academic Awards Term 1, 2018
Christian Brother Award (Where a student receives 7 or more 'A' grades for Effort out of a total possible 8 areas)
Congratulations to these young men. These awards are the result of hard work and consistent application to their studies. In particular, we acknowledge Damon Tatarelli, the only student in the Junior Campus who gained a GPA of above 90%. Well done Damon!
Student Representative Council
The SRC meet as a group each fortnight, prior to our regular Assemblies. We will meet again next week in order to progress some of the ideas mentioned above.
Mr Geoff Aufderheide
Generations in Jazz
Generations in Jazz is the biggest and the best School Band competition in Australia. Schools from every state and territory descend on Mt Gambier for a weekend of polished performances and fun. Over 5,000 students attended last weekend, and right in amongst it were the Rossi boys from the Senior Band, Senior Vocal, Senior Jazz, Big Band Black, Big Band Red and Small Jazz. We had a touring party of over 70, with many hours of focussed rehearsals, attention to detail and musical wizardry behind us. We were ready to match it with the best and give it everything we had.
Senior Years Co-Curricular News
Mr Jeff Fischer
Schools do not always play on their actual grounds; therefore, it is important to check where the match is being played. Maps are usually available by Wednesday of the upcoming weekend at the latest but I am reliant upon the opposing school to forward this information.
With 6 changes needed due to State U18s commitments, injury or illness from the group that played Sacred Heart the week before, we were a little unsure of what would happen against St. Michael's.
Goals: A Rapetti 2
A good start in this year's competition saw the Red and Black get away to a solid, if frustrating win over a committed Mercedes side. On a blustery day, the rain just staying away enough, the lads made a solid start with old hands Tyson Linsenmeier, Christopher Mercorella and Alessandro Bucco, making some incisive passing moves early. The composure of new players Noah Blazeka and Noah McNamara at centre back gave a much need sense of stability and long balls were cleared and attacks repulsed. A mistake in the middle led to a speculative, long range effort beating the keeper, and against the run of play we were one nil down. Try as they might the lads struggled to get shots away in the danger area and we went in to the break down. A few changes in personnel, with Adam Leombruno and Lachie Barr bossing the midfield released others to threaten the Camel's goal. A tight scramble ended with Alessio Rapetti smashing the ball high in to the net from close range to level the scores. Mercedes now scented the wind of change and tried valiantly to break the defence to no avail. Jamie Signorello saving with a reflex, strong right hand from close range to deny the opposition. As time ran down a corner expertly delivered again caused havoc in the Camel's box and up popped Rapetti to seal the deal. With barely time left to kick off, a win was assured. A great team effort on a difficult pitch against committed opponents. Well done.
The 3rd XIs had a fantastic start to the soccer season against Pembroke 3rd XI in an effortless 9-1 victory at home on the Bungalow oval. Despite limited preparation, the boys meshed like a team that had been together for decades as the scoring frenzy was opened up early from an impressive through-ball by A Villano to J Reginato whose unstoppable pace overwhelmed Pembroke's defence. The floodgates were opened, and the goals came pouring through one after the other. A Villano followed up with a brilliant strike from outside the box and skipper A Beltrame continued the trend with an off-foot shot from 18 yards out. The first half was finished off with two brilliant goals in 5 minutes from C Simile to end it at 5-0. The second half was just as fruitful as the first with an additional four goals from A Villano (2), A Calabrese (1) and J Reginato (1), along with an outstanding goal-line clearance on Pembroke's behalf which would have ensured a double-digit victory for Rostrevor.
Primary SAPSASA Cross Country
Year 4 Soccer
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