Term 3, Week 8 - Friday 14 September 2018

From the Deputy Principal

Rostrevor's Support Invaluable

Our pilgrims are preparing for their travel to India at the end of this year, so it's appropriate to share with you a message from Br Rob Callan, President of Friends of Mithra, a not-for-profit organisation which aims to provide education and rehabilitation services for poor children with multiple disabilities and contribute towards the reconstruction of buildings destroyed by floods in Chennai.

"If you've ever wondered what difference your support for the Indian fundraisers make, let me assure you that the money raised by the Rostrevor College community is invaluable. It helps to transform the lives of the most marginalised children from the slums of Chennai, India.

For the past 30 years Rostrevor College has generously supported the Mithra Rehabilitation Centre in Chennai, India. This centre, founded by an Australian nun, receives no government assistance and is totally dependent on the generosity of Australian friends. Sr Mary Theodore died in 2012 and the centre was flooded in 2015. So, a group called "Friends of Mithra" is committed to keeping alive Sr Mary Theodore's dream to educate and rehabilitate these poor children with special needs.

Students from Rostrevor visit Mithra as part of their biennial Indian pilgrimages. Rostrevor students were the first Australian school group to spend time at Mithra in 1988.  Here they see first-hand what a difference Australian donations make. Currently, with Rostrevor's substantial help, we are completing a new flood-proof dormitory for the female residents. Mithra's most pressing need is keeping Mithra viable so that it can continue to provide the invaluable services of education and therapy to the poorest of the poor. Your ongoing support is critical. On behalf of the Sisters, staff and children, I sincerely thank the Rostrevor College community".

Our Red & Black Discos held throughout each year continue to be very popular and raise money to support a range of causes including the Mithra Rehabilitation Centre in Chennai, India.


It has been a busy week for our Music Department, performing at the Catholic Schools Music Festival on Wednesday night, followed by the Middle and Senior Years Music Night last night and two performances at our Co-Curricular Assembly this morning.

At such events the College has an opportunity to showcase the talents of our students. As usual, the quality of the musical performances was particularly impressive. Our musicians and vocalists are extremely talented, and this is in no small measure due to our brilliant instrumental and vocal staff and our own very passionate and committed teachers, Peter Waterman, Marnie Tiggemann and Greg Osman. A big thank you must also go to our Parent Support Group for all their work in supporting such events.

You will have an opportunity to enjoy performances from our Music Department at both the Twilight Fair and Presentation Night later in the year.

Winter Co-Curricular Assembly

This morning 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 accounts 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. 

One significant aspect of participation in co-curricular activities is the ability to make people feel they are part of something, a team member and a member of the Rostrevor Community - a community which is made up of students, parents, Old Scholars and of course staff.  The Assembly provided us with an opportunity to thank parents, staff members and Old Scholars who have coached or managed teams. Without their dedication and commitment, we would not be able to offer such a broad range of activities, nor experience the success that we do.

While we congratulated those students who were awarded trophies, we also acknowledged those who willingly participate in our co-curricular program; without their contribution and commitment, the program would not exist.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank and congratulate Mr Luke Manuel who has stepped into the role as Head of Co-Curricular seamlessly and is doing a wonderful job in coordinating the Co-Curricular Program in the Middle and Senior Years. I would also like to thank Mr Tim Baccanello for his role in coordinating the Co-Curricular Program in the Junior Years.

Frank Ranaldo
Deputy Principal

Co-Curricular News

Whilst the flurry of activity for Winter Co-Curricular sports has subsided, certain students have still been busy with some impressive feats in various sporting formats.  On Thursday Week 5, Year 12's participated in the inaugural SA Schools Handball Championships.  Rostrevor entered two teams which were comprised entirely of Mr Trewartha and Mr Footners' Year 12 Physical Education classes.  The boys performed exceptionally well and ended up facing-off against one another in an all-Rostrevor Grand Final.  The Final was of an incredibly high standard with Mr Footners' class crowned victors after a 16-13 victory.  All boys proudly represented Rostrevor College and are to be commended on their efforts.

On Wednesday Week 6, our Year 9A Soccer Team played their State Knockout Semi-Final against Cabra College.  Unfortunately, the boys fell agonisingly short after playing out a 0-0 draw at full-time and at the conclusion of extra time.  Eventually Cabra prevailed 5-3 on penalties, meaning our boys are sadly eliminated from the tournament.  Nonetheless, making the Semi-Final is a fantastic accomplishment in itself and I offer sincere congratulations to all involved on their success.

Finally, we have the prestigious Achilles Cup coming up in Week 10.  Early indications and spirit at trainings have been terrific and I implore all who performed strongly at the Athletics Carnival or who believe themselves to be a gifted athlete to try out on Tuesdays or Thursdays after school.  After finishing second in 2017, the aim is to go one step further in 2018!

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 lmanuel@rostrevor.sa.edu.au or by phone, so that I can include his achievements in the weekly newsletter.

Luke Manuel
Head of Co-Curricular


For complete results from the weekend, please access the link below:


Students v Staff Futsal Game - Rostrevor Students raising monies for Beyond Blue & Prostate Cancer research.  The Students come away with a win, after a penalty shootout.

Athletics Day Report

Athletics Carnival Report

What do these pictures have in common?


The first picture is of the Egan juggernaut winning its 6th Athletics Carnival in a row! The other one mirrors the mood of the losers!

The truth of the matter is that our Athletics Carnival 2018 once again lived up to the hype and glamour that it has become famous for. The chanting, the super-human performances, the 'never say die' spirit and the preparedness of each person regardless of the team or year level to dig deep when it was required. 2018 once again had it all!

"The Rostrevor boys know how to put in effort" was comment made by some of the bystanders.  One even commented on the fact that they couldn't believe the passion that was being shown!

Once again, well done to all Houses, for your efforts and spirit, regardless of whether you won or lost!

In the final wrap-up the results indicated:

  • Brother Mogg Shield - Winners: Egan
  • Senior School Shield - Winners: Egan - 2nd Gurr - 3rd Murphy - followed by Barron, O'Brien and Webb in that order.
  • Middle School Shield - Winners: Egan - 2nd: Gurr - 3rd Webb followed by O'Brien, Barron and Murphy in that order.
  • The Inter House Spirit Trophy - Winners: Webb.

The Outstanding Athletes, based on events and results completed on the day went to:

Vin Moriarty Medal
Year 12 Champion Athlete
Lachlan Barr

Syd McDonald Medal
Year 11 Champion Athlete
Amos Doyle

Tom Kendall Medal
Year 10 Champion Athlete
Matthew Dnistriansky

Bernard Tobin Medal
Year 9 Champion Athlete
Tom Carson

Br J Ahern Medal
Year 8 Champion Athlete
Aidan Schirripa

Br Michael Coughlin Medal
Year 7 Champion Athlete
Riley Craig

Once again, a classic day.

Glen Urbani
Head of Faculty - Health & Physical Education

Twilight Fair

Trailer Raffle - help us by donating now!  ... It's not a Community event without you and we are always in need of volunteers!  Apart from being the biggest Parents' and Friends' fundraiser of the year, it is also a great day of 'friend raising.'  CLICK HERE for up-to-date information about the 2018 Twilight Fair.

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Uniform Shop Hours & Information


Holiday Trading Times: 
Thursday 11 October - 9.00am to 4.00pm
Friday 12 October - 9.00am to 4.00pm

The Uniform Shop will return to normal hours on Monday 15 October.

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Term Dates

Term 1: Tuesday 30 January to Friday 13 April
Term 2: Tuesday 1 May to Friday 29 June
Term 3: Monday 23 July to Friday 28 September
Term 4:  Monday 15 October to Wednesday 5 December