Term 2, Week 7 Newsletter - 2018, 15 June
Written on the 14 June 2018 by Rostrevor College
From the Principal
EREA National Principals' Conference
As you know, one of the distinguishing characteristics of the Rostrevor community is how strongly many boys feel connected to their mates, with many of our Old Collegians identifying important lifelong friendships that started during their time at the College. Knowing how strong our Old Collegians clubs are, my new insights into wellbeing gained through the conference have also given me a much deeper appreciation of what Rostrevor means for the health and wellbeing of our boys many years after they graduate.
Gathering Principals together for the conference also provides us with many opportunities to discuss the latest trends and issues in education and school management with colleagues from every State and Territory and all manner of schools. Not surprisingly, it is often in these informal conversations that we gain rich insights and new perspectives that foster innovation across the entire organisation.
Hosting this National gathering has also given us the chance to showcase the College and community. In this context, I offer my congratulations and thanks to the boys and members of staff who have contributed to the conference and liturgies over the last three days. They have been outstanding ambassadors for Rostrevor. As many of you would know, Rostrevor occupies a special place in the EREA family. Throughout the conference I have been touched by the many Principals who have fondly recounted their connection with the College and passed on their best wishes to our community.
Surveys and Feedback
Rostrevor Parents & Friends Association - Special General Meeting
Best wishes for the two weeks ahead.
From the Deputy Principal
Senior Years Exams
Last week Mrs Julie Farmer and Mr Daniel Ryall met with our Year 10 and Year 11 students to discuss exam preparation including the benefits of organising a study schedule, exam techniques, how to study and, more importantly, how not to study, and how to cope with stress associated with exams. The PowerPoints used at the presentations will also be available from the Student and Parent Portals in the Documents Library.
Years 10 & 11 Semester Exams
Year 10 Exams also commence in Week 8 on Tuesday 19 June, following SWOT Vac on Monday 18 June and conclude on Monday 24 June. Following exams, students will undertake our Post-Secondary Pathways Program or Work Experience (VET students). The Post-Secondary Pathways Program will expose students to course offerings at a number of tertiary institutions. Students will also complete some course work for their Personal Learning Plan.
Full details of the exam schedule have been sent to all parents and students, including our expectations of your son during this period.
All Year 10 and 11 students are required to attend school on Friday 29 June for exams to be returned and feedback provided by subject teachers and/or to participate in a course evaluation which provides teachers with useful information which will assist in their planning for Semester 2.
Year 12 Mid-Year Trial Exams
SACE Information Evening
By attending this evening, I am sure that you will feel more confident in assisting your son with his 2019 subject selections. There will also be an opportunity for you to ask questions. Students are not required to attend.
I would like to wish all families a very happy and safe holiday.
Mr Geoff Aufderheide
Annual Cross-Country Competition
I am delighted to acknowledge the following boys for their fine efforts as they add their names to the College History books:
Overall winners were Barron House and their Captain, Osose Oyugbo, happily received their House Shield at last week's Junior Campus assembly in Callan Hall.
There's always a story behind a story...
As mentioned above, we were delighted that all boys gave their best and we continue to build on the athletic traditions of our College.
We were equally delighted though with the 'bigger' story of the morning! During our Assembly last week, we presented two important awards to recognise the spirit of Edmund Rice that was on show by two young men in particular.
Joe McGuire-Coward (Year 6) and Oscar Crafter (Year 3) were both well placed in their respective Year level races. During their race they both came across a fellow student who needed assistance and they immediately stopped to offer support and encouragement. In Joe's case, this action potentially cost him a place and for Oscar, it meant he took home a Bronze medal when, perhaps, he could have placed higher.
We value this behaviour and acknowledged these boys by presenting to them a 'Spirit of Edmund Award'. This significant award recognises the values of an Edmund Rice education through our Touchstones: Liberating Education, Inclusive Community, Gospel Spirituality and Justice and Solidarity. By way of their action, Joe and Oscar showed us the importance of acting justly, providing hope, fostering good relationships, showing compassion and spirituality! Well done boys and thanks for being you!
Year 4 Sacramental Program
I invite us all to pray for our Year 4 students as many of them continue the journey they commenced upon their Baptism to receive the Sacraments of Confirmation and First Holy Communion, next term.
We start our process next Thursday evening, June 21, from 7:00pm with the first meeting held at the College where we will also invite the nominated Sponsor for each young man. We aim to prepare the boys involved so that they gain the maximum understanding about the steps they are taking in their faith journeys.
I wish Mrs Monaghan and the Year 4 boys involved every blessing as they begin this important work.
Best wishes and stay warm!
Mr Geoff Aufderheide
Director - Junior Campus
Senior Years Co-Curricular News
Mr Jeff Fischer
Round 1 Rostrevor 1st XI def St Ignatious 3-2
Goals: A Rapetti, A Piscioneri, L Barr
The boys commenced the second half with a positive and attacking mind-set, with Paul Leombruno, Sam Banks and Tyson Linsenmeier causing trouble down the flanks. Chris Mercorella held the central fort, allowing Antoni Piscioneri to make an attacking run and find the top corner with a volley from outside the area; another contender for 'goal of the season'. With scores level, the boys knew the job wasn't over. Jake Tatarelli was in inspired form, chasing down opponents and getting into key attacking positions which led to a number of goal scoring opportunities. Adam Leombruno's crafty skills in the midfield broke down the Iggie's midfield throughout the match, which ultimately rewarded us with a penalty kick. Despite having the penalty saved, the boys were fired up and pushing for a winner. An attacking link up between Jake, Antoni and Adam saw Lachlan Barr dribble the ball into the 18 yard box and net a much deserved winner with only minutes to go. As the seconds ticked down, our defensive duties were put to the test, marshalled by a solid Andre and Noah partnership. With only seconds to go, a crucial match winning save by Jamie ensured that we walked away with the important 3 points. It was a proud win for the team, proving the importance of each individual who stepped up for the battle. We look forward to continuing our winning ways against St Peter's in our next match.
In other Co-Curricular News:
If your son, be he a current or past 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.
Head of Co-curricular Activities
Author: Rostrevor College