Term 3, Week 9, Newsletter - Thurs 21 September 2017
Written on the 21 September 2017
From the Principal
Mr Damian Messer
Last Day of Term 3
As we move towards the end of Term 3, I remind all parents and students that school will conclude at normal time on Friday 29 September 2017. I wish everyone a safe and restful break and we look forward to what will be a busy Term 4. Reports will be available on the Portal from 4pm on Friday 29 September 2017. I encourage all students to read their report, analyse the results and set some achievable goals for the final phase of 2017.
Term 4 Events
School will begin at normal time on Monday 16 October 2017. As we know, Term 4 marks the final phase of our Year 12s' journey. I wish them well with their preparation for their final assessments and exams. It will be an extremely busy time and I encourage everyone to keep abreast of the responsibilities and events that need to be attended to.
A couple of major events which are compulsory for all students will be the Presentation Night on Monday 30 October 2017, commencing at 6.45pm at Influencers Community Church (Paradise Community Church), 57 Darley Rd, Paradise SA 5075 and the Twilight Fair, here in The Valley on Friday 3 November from 4pm to 8pm. These are significant events in our school year and I look forward to catching up with you at both. More information about these events have been sent to you.
Yours in Edmund
Mr Frank Ranaldo
Winter Co-Curricular Assembly
Last Friday we held our Winter Co-Curricular Assembly in Purton Hall. It was an excellent Assembly, highlighting the enormous array of talent that exists in our community. Several students gave an account of their season, some particularly entertaining and again, we thank all parents, old scholars, staff and students for their contribution to this important pillar of our College.
Flynn invited students to attend the 1st XI versus World XI Soccer match that afternoon as an extension of the 'Delicious Diversity' initiative and to inform students of our Blue Week Activities this week.
Families are reminded that students are required to attend school and all school-based activities including major College events on all designated school days. Rostrevor must account for every absence of every student and record the reason. All students who are absent from school must provide a letter/diary note from their parent or caregiver explaining the reason for the absence upon returning to school. In addition to this, students in the Senior Years who miss summative deadlines must also provide a medical certificate.
In the case of extended absence where our data shows that students have not attended school for 10% or more, as required by legislation, the College will inform the appropriate government authority.
Unavoidable and sufficient cause, eg:
Examples of unacceptable reasons for student absences include:
Perfectionism can be debilitating if you are constantly under pressure to live up to an unrealistic standard, and therefore never feel 'good enough'. Signs of perfectionism may include one or more of the following:
Sometimes focusing exclusively on a perfect product can be an impediment to learning and growth, as well as staying healthy and enjoying life. If you feel perfectionism is having a negative impact on your son, consider talking to someone about it. From a College perspective, students are encouraged to speak with their subject teachers and Pastoral Care teacher or make an appointment to see our Counsellor, Adrian Terminello, or Psychologist, Karolina Pasierbek.
Br John Ahern
I was reading an interesting article recently from Ronald Rolheiser who is a noted current theologian and thinker. He was talking about the trouble that riches can cause us. Here I will quote from his article. 'The lesson here isn't that riches are bad. Riches, be that money, talent, intelligence, health, good looks, leadership skills, or flat-out strength, are gifts from God. They're good. It's not riches that block us from entering the kingdom. Rather it's the danger that, having them, we will more easily also have the illusion that we're self-sufficient. We aren't.' His point was that we can cease to turn to God and rely on our own strengths. It is a good reminder as we come towards the end of Term Three.
I look back on the term and wonder where it has gone so quickly. We have had two House Masses, a successful Marian Day, which in spite of the weather incorporated eventually a walkathon for the first time. We have had boys in Year 3 receive the sacrament of Reconciliation and the Year 4s, confirmation. Finally, next Sunday Alexander Cusack and Michael Sosa will receive their Archbishop's awards for leadership at the evening mass in the Cathedral. Congratulations to all who have been involved in the above events. I would also add my congratulations to the students who have been appointed as prefects for next year. I visited their camp last weekend and ran a spirituality session with them. They are very keen to be good spiritual leaders next year.
Br John Ahern