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Term 4, Week 1, Newsletter - Friday 26 October 2018

Written on the 25 October 2018 by Leadership

Farewell Year 12's
This morning we witnessed the end of formal schooling for our Year 12 students and for some, the beginning of their final revision program for the forthcoming SACE examinations. As in previous years it has been a week of farewell activities and the winding down of the normal classes including the Breakfast this morning and farewell to Year 12 students at our Social Justice Assembly a very touching finale where the whole College community applauds as the Year 12 students move out of Purton Hall. The traditional Valedictory Ceremony and Graduation Dinner will be held at the conclusion of the formal examinations.

As the year draws to a close for our Year 12 students, there are many important organisational matters that need to be attended to, including the return of text books, clearing of lockers, etc. Parents of Year 12 students would have received a letter with this information.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish our Class of 2018 every success, happiness and fulfilment in the future. Our thoughts and prayers go with them as they begin a very exciting phase in their lives.

Prefects 2018
It has been an absolute pleasure to work with the Prefect group this year, ably led by Luke Valente. All of our Prefects have worked diligently and collaboratively in fulfilling their duties as leaders in the College.

At our last meeting on Wednesday we reminisced about the year that has been and the many events which the Prefect group has led and participated in, from the ANZAC Day Dawn Service at Kensington earlier in the year to Br John Moylan's funeral mass held in the College Chapel last Friday. In both cases and after many other events, we have received glowing feedback from the community about the manner in which they conduct themselves and the pride that they show for the College by the way in which they present themselves.

Our Prefects have been exemplary role models for our younger students and have represented Rostrevor with great pride. They have all willingly and enthusiastically accepted the challenge given at the beginning of this year and that is to be servant leaders, leaders who can change the world. Not the whole world of course but the world in which he lives and interacts with others. They have certainly made Rostrevor a better place through their character and leadership. As anthropologist Margaret Mead once said, "Never doubt the power of a small group of people to change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."

I would like to wish the Prefect group every success for the future and look forward to hearing about the great things I know they will accomplish in the years to come.

Presentation Night
Our Presentation Night will be held on Monday 29 October commencing at 6.45pm. This annual event is one of our community highlights when we take the opportunity to recognise the achievements of those who have excelled. 

Families are reminded that this is a compulsory event for all. Teachers will be in the foyer of the Hall from about 6.30pm to mark the roll. Prize winners will also need to report to Mr Urbani (Middle and Senior Years) and Mr Degeorge (Junior Years).

The event will conclude at 9.00pm which we feel is reasonable for all age groups.

We look forward to a memorable evening in celebration of every student's personal achievements throughout the year.

Promotions and Courses for 2019
Next week the Promotions Panel, chaired by Frank Ranaldo, on behalf of our Director Teaching & Learning, Kerry Hodkinson, will meet to consider all Year 11 and 12 courses selected by students for 2019. At this meeting the Panel, consisting of the Heads of Faculties and Heads of Houses, consider students' subject choices and either approve them or make recommendations based on whether students have met minimum subject requirements.

Students entering Years 9 to 12 in 2019 will receive confirmation of their electives during the week commencing 12 November.  Once students receive this, any queries can be made via Julie Pratten. At this time, parents will receive information regarding the process for ordering the necessary books/stationery through our supplier, Campion Education.


Term 3 Middle and Senior Years Academic Awards & House Shield
64 students achieved Palma Merenti Awards for Academic Excellence. Our 22 Year 12 Palma Merenti Award winners were presented with their certificates at our Social Justice Assembly today, whilst the remaining Palma Merenti Award winners together with 54 Principal's, 30 Christian Brother and 136 GPA Improvement Award winners will be presented at House Assemblies. 

Palma Merenti Award recipients are:

The Academic Shield acknowledges how well students in each House perform in their studies.

We determine the recipient of the shield by calculating the Grade Point Average for each student and then calculate an average for each House. This then gives us a percentage out of 100 for each term.   

At the end of the year, we award the Godfrey Hall Academic Shield to the House with the highest score averaged over 3 terms. Last year the shield was awarded to Murphy House.

Results for this year's House Shield are as follows:

1 O'Brien 75.41
2 Webb 74.00
3 Egan 73.65

followed closely by Gurr, Barron and Murphy.

O'Brien House Captain, Patrick Russo, was presented with the Shield at today's Assembly.

Brian Schumacher
Principal


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