Term 4, Week 7 - Friday 30 November 2018

From the Principal

Welcome to our final edition of the Newsletter for 2018 in which we are pleased to share some images from our Junior School performance of 'A Christmas Carol' on Thursday night in this week's photo gallery. Sitting in the audience I felt enormously proud of the boys, along with a tremendous sense of joy as they sang and performed with great enthusiasm.

In an article setting out his argument for wide ranging education reform in Australia, Laureate Professor John Hattie (Chair of the Australian Institute of Teaching and School Leadership) concludes his piece with the challenge that all schools should be inviting places in which to come and learn. Looking back over the last twelve months at Rostrevor, it is most reassuring to know that our students have enjoyed many opportunities to become deeply involved in their learning through both the formal academic curriculum and the broader extracurricular program.

As we bring the academic year to a close I would like to publicly thank our teachers and support staff who have worked tirelessly through 2018 to ensure that each Rostrevor student has been provided with many rich learning experiences throughout the year.

In celebrating the end of the year, we hope that all boys complete 2018 feeling more confident in their abilities, more hopeful in their outlook and more appreciative of their many gifts including the love they receive from family and friends. We hope that they look forward to returning in 2019 ready for all that will come their way.

2018 SACE Results
Of course, our graduating class of students from Year 12 are looking forward to receiving their SACE results in the coming weeks and then making their final course selections for 2019. While this can be an anxious time for some, our experience at Rostrevor is the vast majority of our young people make a successful transition into their preferred course at local universities and TAFE colleges or directly into the workforce. With this in mind, we wish our graduates well and look forward to sharing stories of their success with you in early 2019.

India Pilgrimage 2018
While the rest of the college community are entering into the holiday spirit, a group of our students (pictured below) and staff are fully immersed in life in India. From the stories and photos received this week, it appears that each of our pilgrims is enjoying both the joys and challenges associated with this experience.  No doubt, all will return with many stories to share with family and friends and a significant sense of achievement having committed to such a challenging venture.

Term Dates for 2019 - Updated
While the 2019 school calendar will be released electronically I would like to advise you of the following update to our term dates.

Term Dates for 2019:

  • Term 1 Wednesday 30 January - Friday 12 April
  • Term 2 Tuesday 30 April - Friday 28 June
  • Term 3 Monday 22 July - Friday 27 September
  • Term 4 Monday 14 October -  Friday 06 December

The Nativity
As we prepare for Christmas this year we remember especially all the millions of children and young people who are displaced or suffering in the war-torn regions of the world. In 2018 we pray that our worldwide reflection on the radically hopeful message of our saviour born into poverty will provide us with new resolve to help build a more just and sustainable world for everyone.

On behalf of our Rostrevor staff, I wish each of you a Merry Christmas. May it be filled with the peace and joy that comes from being surrounded by those you love.

Brian Schumacher

Co-Curricular News

With that, Co-Curricular Activities for 2018 have come to a close. For some, it might seem quite surreal that they are about to advance into a higher year level whilst for others they may simply enjoy having a few more hours of personal time... to use on study I'm sure! The diversity of the Co-Curricular program was a real highlight this past year, with a number of students indicating they were surprised at how much they enjoyed a 'foreign' sport and have also inquired about starting up teams in previously unoffered sports and activities. This truly is an ideal result from my perspective, as whilst we have always had exceptionally strong and supportive programs in certain sports we always strive to offer as many unique opportunities as possible.

2019 continues to look more promising by the week at the moment, with the potential for some partnerships with sporting bodies and also additional teams than those offered in Term 4, 2018. To continue to build on a very solid year of success, I invite any parents, caregivers or friends of the Rostrevor College Community to get in contact with me if you have an interest or past-experience in any program. It would be fantastic to have a couple of experienced individuals to coach, mentor or even offer their assistance with various sporting teams. If you would like to know more about how this would all work, or even just some general information please contact me.

Finally, there will be a survey sent out to both students and parents/caregivers in the coming weeks in relation to the Co-Curricular Program in 2018. The idea of this survey is to seek feedback about various aspects of Co-Curricular life from a number of different stakeholders in the hope it can assist the positive direction we are heading. 

Please do your best to encourage your boys to answer this when they can, and also try to find a few minutes to do so from an adult perspective. Even 2-3 minutes of your time and thoughts can greatly benefit the entire program offered here at Rostrevor College.

In other CoCurricular News

  •  An incredible day for the Rostrevor College Community during the 2018 AFL draft on Friday 23rd November. Three members of the Class of 2018 Luke Valente (Pick No. 32 - Fremantle), Benjamin Jarvis (Pick No. 48 - Geelong) and Jacob Kennerley (Pick No. 50 - Geelong) were all picked up as Senior Listed players. In addition, old scholar and North Adelaide 2018 Premiership Player and Best & Fairest Callum Wilkie (13') was picked up by St. Kilda at No. 3 of the AFL Rookie Draft. To have four gentlemen enter the AFL system from one school is simply an amazing achievement for each of the boys, and as a community we are incredibly proud of all of them. It's a credit to the countless hours of self-sacrifice and gruelling training sessions to get to where they are today and hopefully we will see their faces on the big screen in the years to come.

For a full list of results from the weekend's fixture, please click the link below:

Luke Manuel
Head of Co-Curricular Programs

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

Community Notices

Jason Gillespie Announced as guest speaker!!!

Whilst the Australian summer is in the grip of Cricket fever, getting under way at Rostrevor College Big Memorial Oval, the sentimentalists are gathering to play a T20 Cricket Fundraiser at their alma mater, rekindling old rivalries on the pitch to raise awareness for the College Foundation as well as fundraising.

The event will be held in the beautiful surroundings of Rostrevor College. The T20 Cricket game will capture the great sporting culture of the College by getting our community and old Collegians involved.

Former test quick and Adelaide Strikers coach Jason Gillespie will be a guest speaker on the day and no doubt will have great insights from his career, including: 259 test wickets, 201 not out against Bangladesh and reccent BBL07 championship as coach to share and inspire with the day's players, coaches and attendees.   

We hope you get behind the Foundation and begin 2019 with a SIX!

The format of the event is as follows:

  • get together a table of 10 people, purchase your table
  • from each table you will nominate 2 players to participate in the T20 from 1pm to 4pm
  • playing shirts will be provided for players
  • players are required to bring their own cricket whites
  • all other equipment will be provided by the College (unless you have a favourite bat & baggie!)

Principal Brian Schumacher and Director of Junior Campus Geoff Aufderheide will be the 'Coaches' of the 2 teams.  The winning team will have the following advantages:

  • table winners based on the 2 player aggregate runs
  • bragging rights
  • a perpetual cup presented to them
  • the losing Coach will cook a BBQ for the winning campus on a school day to be advised

Early Bird Tickets are $100pp (early bird price closes 21 December 2018) or Full Price $125pp after this date. Tickets Selling Fast!


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Term Dates

2018 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

2019 Term Dates

Term 1: Wednesday 30 January to Friday 12 April 2019
Term 2: Tuesday 30 April to Friday 28 June 2019
Term 3: Monday 22 July to Friday 27 September 2019
Term 4:  Monday 14 October to Friday 06 December